WARNING: Potential spoilers for Star Wars: Rogue One.
Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Star Wars Anthology film Rogue One recently started filming, which means the cycle of rumors and leaks and red herrings is starting to gain momentum. It probably won’t be as intense as the secrecy and subterfuge surrounding J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens, but already there’s a potential plot point that has come to the surface that could change our perception of the movie.
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Umberto Gonzalez, who runs his own website Heroic Hollywood and is arguably the most well-known scooper in Hollywood, recently appeared on Meet the Movie Press claiming to have learned a key piece of information about Rogue One, due out in 2016.
Gonzalez says that he’s learned exactly who one of the stars of the film, Felicity Jones, will be playing: Boba Fett’s daughter. It was previously assumed that Jones would be playing one of the Rebels assigned to steal the plans for the Death Star, the main plot of the film, which takes place between Episode III and IV. Diego Luna and Forest Whitaker are also set to star, and Ben Mendelsohn is rumored to be the villain. Jonathan Aris is also reportedly among the castmembers.
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One thing to keep in mind: Just because Jones could be Fett’s daughter doesn’t mean she’s a bounty hunter or a Rebel. I would assume she eventually joins the Rebels as she’s a main character in the movie, but it’s possible she’s not aligned with the Rebel Alliance from the get-go.
But this new revelation, if true, also jibes with what some other rumors concerning the movie. We’ve previously reported that a rogues’ gallery of bounty hunters will figure prominently in the film (along with another villain you may have heard of), so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Boba Fett could make an appearance and reveal something about his family line.
Still, though, I’m not sure I’d be onboard with this setup. Making Fett a father during the original trilogy takes away the lone-wolf menace of his character.
If this is established in Edwards’ film, then I imagine it will be explored later in the rumored Boba Fett spinoff, which means we might see just whom Fett would have a child with. We can extrapolate that such a Fett spinoff would take place prior to Episode IV, although I’d much rather see Fett post-Episode VI, after he escapes from the Sarlaac, of course. Finding a girl and having a child seems like a much more natural career choice for him in that time period of his life.