Boba Fett is all Star Wars fans are thinking about this week. Despite multiple teaser trailers, there’s still a lot we don’t know about the upcoming Disney+ series The Book of Boba Fett. And if The Mandalorian taught us anything, it’s that minimal information leading up to a series premiere means the show’s creators are hiding something big.
There’s plenty of speculation running wild on social media about what that “something big” could be. But a recent interview with a Star Wars screenwriter just might imply we’ll see ruthless bounty hunter Boba Fett in his younger years once again – but in live-action this time.
“Boba was always off limits [while writing Solo] because he was in development elsewhere,” Kasdan told The New York Times in a recent interview. A few years later the fandom would discover that “elsewhere” meant The Mandalorian, and now, The Book of Boba Fett.
We know that Boba Fett and Han Solo have a complicated history, though what that looks like in canon specifically hasn’t been specified yet … so why not now? If Fett was originally being considered for Solo and/or an undeveloped sequel, there might already be the outline of a story there. And if this upcoming series is a wider look at Fett’s life spanning decades, it’s possible we’ll see a younger version of his character in a flashback or two.
Fans have been itching for more on-screen Fett backstory for years, particularly in the unexplored time between his appearances in The Clone Wars and his first canon appearance in The Empire Strikes Back. Where did he go? Who did he hunt? And what unspeakable terrors led him to become the man we know him as by the time we meet him again in The Mandalorian?
Solo may not have been able to tell these stories. But a Disney+ series focused primarily on the character in question most certainly could.
The Book of Boba Fett premieres exclusively on Disney+ December 29.