Not too long ago, we were all informed that Josh Trank's now infamous, untitled #StarWars film was going to be a #BobaFett movie. Frankly, I wasn't exactly freaking out over the possibility of a Fett movie. What makes this character so appealing is the mystery that surrounds him. All we know is that he is a clone of Jango Fett (so we can assume he inherited all of his physical attributes), and has built up a reputation as the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy. Other than that, there is still much to be told as far as story telling goes for him. That's where the problem lies.
If we keep diving into stories about Boba Fett, we run the risk of compromising the mystery and legend that has surrounded the character for nearly 40 years. However, if done correctly (trust me, I got this), this could be a fantastic film or series depending on where they want to take the solo films. As it stands now though, it doesn't look like we're going to be seeing this movie any time soon, if we ever do.
So, with the film being in limbo, I thought it'd be fun to share my thoughts on how Disney could successfully make a Boba Fett movie (that ideally launches a series) that would be worthy of the Mandalorian legend, because obviously he's no good to us dead.
Enter Mad Max
I think #Disney would be wise to take inspiration from the Mad Max franchise. Not in the setting, but in the characterization. This would be the best way to stay true to Fett's character. First off, let's talk about what makes Fett so compelling. In the Original Trilogy, all we get from him are a few lines. He also has an awesome looking suit of armor. With the little dialogue he has, especially between him and Darth Vader, there lies some fascinating implications.
Boba Fett's reputation for being the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy didn't just come out of nowhere; he had to build that legend somehow. Something that fascinates me about the Mad Max films is how vague the continuity is. The franchise is friendly to new viewers and doesn't require you to have seen previous films to get what's happening in the film.
For a character who's fame single-handedly rose from a lack of exposure, taking this Mad Max approach would benefit the character exponentially. We know who Mad Max is, but he's not exactly the most charismatic guy — he's just a hero. In the majority of his films, he is a man of few words, and especially in Fury Road, as if he's a side character in his own film. We see the story and learn about his character through the eyes of those around him. This is how a Fett film must go. This would keep his aura of mystery intact in a great way.
Who Could Play The Bounty Hunter?
A solo film with Boba Fett should not make him so much the lead, but keep the focus on him. As far as casting goes, you really don't even have to get expensive with it. By this I mean that you could absolutely take the Dredd approach here by not taking off the mask. I say put a stunt man in the suit and get Temuera Morrison to provide the voice, or if you absolutely HAVE to take the mask off, just get him to play the role straight up.
If they were to choose a headlining actor other than Morrison and unmask Fett, it would confuse a whole lot of fans and would compromise a large part of the continuity of the universe (unless the real Boba Fett were killed and somebody else assumed his identity, but I'm getting way ahead of myself).
Let us not forget that Boba is a clone of his "father" Jango Fett, who was (in his own right) the most feared bounty hunter of his time, as well as the single template for the Republic's clone army. However, if they were to cast a headliner like, say, Michael B. Jordan (who was rumored to star as the lead in Trank's film), I do have a quick pitch for that.
Enter 'Batman Beyond'
If I were tasked with making a Boba Fett film, but had to cast a new star, I would cast Michael B. Jordan (or someone similar) as the main character, but have him be an apprentice of sorts to Fett. Think Batman Beyond, but replace the Dark Knight with Boba Fett.
In this story, Boba Fett would've had a sort of change of heart after his escape from the sarlacc pit (perhaps his time there allowed him to reflect on what exactly he was fighting for, maybe living up to his father's legacy). They can chronicle that with a brief flashback. Due to his change of heart, Boba Fett becomes a sort of vigilante using his skills and reputation as a bounty hunter to carry out his own brand of justice doing what he can to atone for past sins committed.
Eventually he gets too old and has to take up an apprentice (Michael B. Jordan or someone similar), then you go from there. Maybe have the villain be a rogue dark Jedi like an Asajj Ventress or perhaps a surviving clone who was always jealous of Jango taking in Boba as his own, and wants to exact revenge on Boba for taking away a future he believed could've been his.
Like I said, this is just a pitch, but if you have to take Boba Fett and make a movie, it's best not to make him the singular focus. Maintain the mystery of his character, and you can build upon his already existing legend, rather than undercut it.
So, what do you think? Can a truly great Boba Fett film be made? Is this the way to do it? Let me know what you think in the comments.