BOBA FETT'S DAUGHTER
The Star Wars universe is expanding in a big, big way. In addition to the Episode films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we’re getting a series of standalone Anthology movies, starting with Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars: Rogue One. Production on that chapter in the history of that far, far away galaxy is getting ready to commence, and we don’t know much except that Felicity Jones is going to be the female lead. A new report, however, may have some details about her character.
There are big potential spoilers beyond this point, you’ve been warned. Also, this is a very soft rumor, so make of it what you will.
On today’s episode of Meet the Movie Press, Heroic Hollywood scooper Umberto Gonzalez was the guest and dropped what could be a huge bit of news about Jones’ role. You should always take this type of thing with a grain of salt anyway, but to put it in context, though he claims it comes from a "very trusted source," Gonzalez himself is not running this on his site just yet.
That said, according to his source, Felicity Jones is playing the daughter of notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett.
If this turns out to be true, and that’s a big, huge if, this is a crazy turn of events. It also remains to be seen how, as the daughter of the galaxy’s most vicious bounty hunter, she fits into Rogue One. We know this has been called a heist movie and the plot reportedly revolves around the theft of the plans for the first Death Star. One rumor indicates that Darth Vader dispatches a group of bounty hunters, including Boba Fett, to retrieve them after they go missing. We’ve heard Jones’ character described as dressed like a Rebel soldier, and if that’s true, perhaps father and daughter are on the opposite sides of the conflict between the Rebel Alliance and the Empire. I can’t imagine Boba Fett is a fantastic father, so it’s easy to envision a scenario where, while he sells his services to the highest bigger, having no allegiances, she might devote herself fully to a cause, like the battle against the Empire.
This is far from the only rumor we’ve heard about Jones and her role in Rogue One. As Mark Reilly, the host of Meet the Movie Press, points out, there were rumblings that she might play a live-action version of Hera Syndulla, a Twi’lek rebel who pilots the ship named the Ghost in the animated Star Wars Rebels. That series is official canon, and as the time periods between that and Rogue One are similar, many have wondered about such a potential crossover.But if Gonzalez’ intel is accurate, this brings up an interesting scenario. Reilly refers to the "nagging Boba Fett thing." That name comes up a lot in regards to the Anthology films. It’s been rumored he could get his own solo movie, as well as one that involves both him and a young Han Solo. In a general sense, we know the narrative of the Episode movies flows and who they follow, but we kind of presumed that these standalone movies were all kind of their own things, that they would all be separate. But if this rumor about Jones being his daughter is true, and all this talk of Boba Fett’s presence pans out, it’s possible he could provide a connective thread that runs through the Anthology films.
This is all conjecture, but with all of this persistent talk of Boba Fett, it’s a question that may be worth asking. As with everything Star Wars, we likely won’t know anything for sure until Rogue One opens on December 16, 2016, but now we have some new possibilities to mull over in the interim. So far the cast assembled for the first Star Wars Anthology film has been an eclectic mix of talent. Felicity Jones has taken the lead role in Star Wars: Rogue One while other cast members include Riz Ahmed, Sam Claflin, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker and maybe Ben Mendelsohn. However, we don’t really know anything about who these actors are playing.
The only tidbit that’s been floating around the internet is that Felicity Jones was the rebel leader of the team assembled to try to steal the Death Star plans in a time period shortly before the beginning of A New Hope. Now a new detail about her character has surfaced that is intriguing, but also potentially hard to believe.
Find out more about Felicity Jones in Star Wars Rogue One rumor after the jump, but beware of potential spoilers!
Over at Meet the Movie Press, frequent scooper El Mayimbe dropped a rumor that Felicitiy Jones’ character is the daughter of the galaxy’s most notorious bounty hunter, Boba Fett. He did reiterate that this is just a rumor he’s heard that has not been confirmed by anyone, but it’s not surprising when you consider how much Boba Fett has been talked about with regards to Star Wars: Rogue One. There have previously been rumblings that while Star Wars: Rogue One won’t be a Han Solo or Boba Fett origin story, this film will have both characters appearing in it. In addition, there have been rumors that Rogue One would focus on Boba Fett’s family somehow. Having the movie be led by his daughter would certainly fit that description.
But if Boba Fett is also somehow involved, does that mean he and his daughter are at odds? After all, we’ve seen in the original Star Wars trilogy that Boba Fett was pretty keen on helping the Empire, but maybe that was only because he wanted his prize bounty Han Solo.
It would be very interesting if Boba Fett’s daughter became estranged from her father and ends up helping the Rebel Alliance. She could easily be a rebel leader and Boba Fett’s daughter, possibly keeping that identity a secret from her allies. Also, bounty hunters don’t have a true allegiance to anyone and only go where the money is. So anything is possible, even Boba Fett helping the rebels, especially if his daughter is involved (though I imagine fans wouldn’t like that, and I don’t either).
For now this is just a big rumor, but it’s one that isn’t entirely out of left field. But there’s a part of me that also thinks having main characters with direct family ties to icons from the original trilogy seems a bit forced. Spin-offs outside of the main saga could easily begin to show us new characters, without fan service that makes them relatives of our favorite characters. Also Jyn Erso, could be her fake name, maybe she just made her last name Erso up to hide her identity and secret! Please follow me for support and more posts I will surely follow you back!
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