As many of us suspected, the longtime fan fave Boba Fett is (almost definitely) set to get his own movie around 2020. The bounty hunter already got an origin story of sorts in Attack of the Clones, when we were introduced to his genetic predecessor: Jango Fett, who provided his DNA for Palpatine's clone army. This makes Boba a son-slash-clone of Jango's... but this may not be the Boba Fett we follow in the #StarWars anthology movie.
The #BobaFett solo movie might be news to us, but it's actually been in Lucasfilm's pipeline for some time now. Fantastic Four's Josh Trank was originally attached to direct, and he even had a sizzle reel ready to unveil at this year's Star Wars Celebration before the plug was unexpectedly pulled on the whole production.
Since then, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy told Entertainment Weekly that the studio is still interested in pursuing the Boba Fett solo movie.
"It’s still one of the stories that we absolutely want to tell."
Aside from that, in September 2016 Disney president Bob Iger hinted that the studios had hired a writer for another Star Wars anthology movie aside from the #HanSolo film. Considering there's only one other anthology movie being talked about, it seems almost certain that he was referring to Boba Fett. So who's the writer?
Omega Underground, the fansite that reported on the Boba Fett movie being in production, seems certain that scriptwriter is none other than Lawrence Kasdan, who penned Empire Strikes Back and co-wrote both The Force Awakens and the Solo solo flick.
Which is good news, apart from one thing: He doesn't like Boba Fett.
Taking Up The Mantle
Or at least, Kasdan doesn't like the idea of Boba being Jango's clone son, according rumor-mill-turner Latino Review. This publication previously reported that Kasdan pitched the Boba Fett movie to Lucasfilm with a twist — the enigmatic bounty hunter from the Original Trilogy is not the person we met in the Prequels.
To counter-act the prequels, the Boba Fett spin-off movie planned for 2018 has an interesting twist pitched by Episode VII writer Lawrence Kasdan: the spin-off will start with a complete stranger killing Boba Fett and taking his armor, starting a Man-With-No-Name bounty hunter tale. So: someone kills the Boba Fett from the prequels and takes his armor and name. One thing is for certain is that Kasdan didn’t like the prequel and wants no Boba Fett Clone in the spin-off film.
Considering Latino Review rely on insider sources for their reports, it's likely that Kasdan did pitch this version of the movie to Lucasfilm, but there's no way of knowing if this is the concept Josh Trank and writer/producer Simon Kinberg were working with.
Of course, if the production bounced from Trank and Kinberg to someone else, and that someone was Kasdan, this pitch may well be on the table. In fact, Lucasfilm may only want the Boba Fett movie to use this concept regardless of who writes it.
There's a lot of ifs and maybes here so suffice it to say that the Boba Fett movie may not focus on Jango's son — and that's not necessarily a bad thing. The Prequels are nothing if not contentious, and the decision to reveal Boba's identity was met with a mixed reception from fans. Some saw this as one of the stronger aspects of the trilogy, as it gave a more personal insight into the man behind the helmet, while others thought it was unecessary and removed the mystery of his character.
The Untold Story
The supposed pitch has a lot going for it — by killing Boba and replacing him with a stranger this movie would go a long way to restoring the original enigma of who Fett really is, providing the story with a central mystery as well as defying audience expectations. This stranger could be anyone, from a disgraced rebel soldier to a member of the Mandalorian Death Watch.
For that matter, it would be awesome to see the Mandalorian story explored on the big screen, as until this point its only really featured in the Expanded Universe (non-canon) and the animated TV shows (canon). The Mandalorians are a fascinating nomadic race, who have a vicious history and a surprising sense of nobility despite their shifting morality. Fett's story in the EU provided us with most of the Mandalorian lore we know — but that might be exactly why Lucasfilm are considering replacing Boba with someone else, as there's no point telling a story already told.
According to many websites, a few actors are being eyed by the studio for casting the main role, such as Tom Hardy and Michael B. Jordan. This would seem to support the rumor that the Boba Fett movie will replace Boba, as none of the actors are Maori, like Jango Fett's actor Temuera Morrison.
It would be a big risk to run with this concept, especially after Lucasfilm had Temuera Morrison dub Boba Fett's lines — all four of them — in the remastered version of the Original Trilogy. If the Boba Fett movie revealed that Boba was actually an impostor, this would be a retcon of a retcon, and it would all get very confusing. (Yet this would give Lucasfilm an opportunity to release yet another version of the Original Trilogy, this time with the new actor dubbing over Boba Fett's lines, and so the marketing opportunities continue.)
While we don't yet know exactly what this movie will be about, this rumor is certainly interesting, and it may set the Boba Fett movie up as one of Star Wars' most controversial yet — and after the Prequels, that's saying something.