Possibilities for the Boba Fett Solo Film

Before the release of a poster for The Force Awakens, as well as a trailer that turned *a few* heads, minor news was made in some smaller speculation Michael B. Jordan (star of Chronicle, Creed, and, God have mercy, Fant4stic) was being considered to play everyone’s favorite intergalactic bounty hunter, Boba Fett, in the Star Wars Anthology film. This is deviation from the main series will focus on the fan-favorite character that we know so little about.Boba Fett 3

The Boba Fett Solo is the most exciting film that I know absolutely nothing about. It’s hard to speculate about what the movie will cover because we really don’t get to see much of Boba Fett. Fans love him, despite knowing little of him. In the more acclaimed half of the series, he doesn’t say much, manages to track the Millennium Falcon better than the other bounty hunters, and (allegedly) meets one of the stupidest demises in film history via jet-pack malfunction (Spoiler Alert if you haven’t seen Return of the Jedi, but I don’t know why you wouldn’t have at this point). The Prequel Trilogy shed some light on Boba Fett’s past, showing him as a child who would watch his bounty hunter father die, as well as explaining where Fett came from. Jango Fett, Boba’s father, was the genetic template for the Clone Army which would then fight in the aptly-named Clone Wars. When the Republic became the Empire, the Clone Troopers were re-named the Imperial Stormtroopers.

We know so little about Boba Fett: both his appearances as a child and bounty hunter give him little character, aside from being a quiet mercenary trying to make some money. But the Stormtroopers could give the little-characterized Fett a point of investment in the war between the Rebellion and the Empire.

Think about it; Fett is a clone, slightly modified from the same mold of thousands of soldiersBoba Fett. Here is a supposedly unique character who is so beloved by the fandom, but is actually one of thousands. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see a movie where Boba Fett encounters a clone, just like him? These clones, that get killed by the rebels continually, are his brothers, made from the same flesh that he is. As a bounty hunter, he’s likely to be a neutral force in the war, but his connection to the Stormtroopers makes him a part of it. A Fett Anthology film could gain something from having a relevant character who is part of the Clone Army/Stormtroopers (depending on time and setting). If the film puts an emphasis on the character of Boba Fett, then the war and the clones have to factor in. Does he consider himself a rebel, because the Empire sends his kin into war? Or perhaps he sides with the Empire, since the clones were bred for war?

“Alas, poor Jango!”

It’s tough to say, but that’s the point. The Good vs. Evil conflict is the overarching theme of the entire series; we see Luke question himself on Dagobah, we see Han leave crime and join the rebellion, and the entire series covers Anakin’s moral questions. So why shouldn’t we see this theme carry over to the Anthology films? Not only should we see Boba Fett’s moral-political stance (as in Empire/Rebellion or New Republic/First Order or whatever we’re calling them now), but it should also be present in Rogue One, (the other Anthology film, about Rebels trying to retrieve the Death Star plans Leia has at the beginning of A New Hope) in a moment where one Rebel might question why they’re risking their lives, or maybe in another moment where we get to see the evil of the Empire.

But what we’re more likely to see is a sort of ret-con fixing what George Lucas would later deem a mistake. In the Jedi audio commentary Lucas stated that had he realized Fett’s cult following, he would have given him a more exciting death. Boba Fett was later revived in the Expanded Universe, which is no longer canon. He considered adding a shot of Boba Fett emerging from the Sarlacc pit, but didn’t want to detract from the main plot of the film. So, this is what the film could likely be. Star Wars Anthology: The Return of Boba Fett, perhaps? Who knows!

I might be asking a bit much. All in all, the most important thing from a Boba Fett film is that it builds upon the character as we know him: A tight-lipped badass with a cool character design. It could just be a particularly challenging mission in which we see Boba Fett square off against other bounty hunters. It could be anything, and at this point, nobody knows. Honestly though, if we just get a film with some excellent action and good-ole-fashioned Star Wars fun, that’ll be enough.

“He’s no good to me dead!” – Boba Fett, regarding Han Solo
“He’s no good to me dead!” – George Lucas, regarding Boba Fett

Anyway, thanks for reading this rambling speculation on a movie that is probably no less than three years away.

Additional Reading:

“Boba Fett Killed WHO in Star Wars?!” by Kit Simpson Browne

IGN: What We Want From a Boba Fett Movie and Will Boba Fett Make an Appearance in the Force Awakens?

What if Episode I was Good? by Belated Media

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7 thoughts on “Possibilities for the Boba Fett Solo Film

  1. A Boba Fett movie would be really interesting. It’s hard to believe that a character with only one line in the movies and dies in a rather pathetic way has attracted so many fans. A film or series dedicated to him may be just what he needs for redemption and proper respect.

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    1. It’s a fascinating thought, this character has attracted such a huge fanbase. Lucasfilm confirmed one about a year ago, but no definite news about a release date, director, lead actor, or anything really.

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  2. I am a die hard fan of Star Wars but I fear too many spin offs will lessen the importance of the original films. I feel like they have overdone the Avengers and Super Hero films and Star Wars will be next. I love a good super hero movies as much as the next person but I think they should be careful about how many movies they make…

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