On the eve of the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story comes some more big news from Disney; we’re getting a Boba Fett movie.
The Star Wars juggernaut, steered by Disney, just keeps on trucking. The addition of Boba Fett to the standalone saga brings the total of Star Wars standalone projects under Disney to three with presumably more to come.
Ever since his first appearance in The Empire Strikes Back, fans have speculated on the character’s origins and backstory. Even his apparent demise in the Sarlacc pit in Return of the Jedi caused rampant speculation as to whether or not he escaped his doom.
The decision to green-light the Boba Fett movie begs a few questions though. Is Boba Fett a good choice? And, do fans even want a Boba Fett movie?
How Long Has Boba Fett Actually Appeared On-Screen?
For a character that utters just 27 words and has a little over six minutes of screen time in the original trilogy, Boba Fett’s popularity is pretty amazing. This has lead to the argument that a standalone movie should go to another, more important character like Obiwan Kenobi or Princess Leia.
Less Is More.
Many fans claim that it’s what we don’t know about Boba that makes him so appealing. The old adage of “less is more” could be quite fitting for Boba Fett. One of the main criticisms of the new Alien movies is that it tells an often clumsy backstory of the origins of the Xenomorph that many argue ultimately devalues the creature. Taking away Boba Fett’s mystique might just ruin the character. It’s unlikely that this will be a major concern of Disney execs though.
Hasn’t It Already Been Done?
His backstory that is. One of the plot points of Attack of the Clones was that it introduces Boba through the whole clone trooper plot. Boba’s “dad”, Jango Fett, was the genetic template for the clone troopers. As part of Jango’s payment, he was also given a completely unaltered clone in the form of Boba to be raised as his own son. Boba’s origin story was one of the more interesting parts of an otherwise underwhelming movie. Boba’s animosity towards the Jedi after his father was killed by one of the order was established. It all seemed to be neatly packaged, so do we need to go on from there?
How To Make A Boba Fett Movie Work.
James Mangold, who directed Logan, will write and direct and if Logan was anything to go by, Disney has chosen a solid hand. Mimicking the grit and realism of Logan would be a smart move. One way to do that would be to explore Fett’s need to exact revenge on the Jedi while exploring the loss of his father. Of course, casting will need to be on point. We can only speculate on who will play Boba right now but the internet is already rife with speculation.
Who Will Play Bobba Fett?
It’s fair to assume that another Maori/Polynesian actor will need to fill the role. The story is likely to take place between the events of Attack of the Clones and A New Hope. Chances of Temuera Morrison reprising the role are unlikely as he’s a few years shy of 60. Daniel Logan, who played young Boba in Attack of the Clones, is a possibility. At 30, he’s the right age and has the advantage of being the canon Boba Fett. On the other hand, Logan hasn’t had a lot of experience as a lead and at 167 centimeters tall, he’s a bit shorter than Jeremy Bulloch who played Boba in the original trilogy. Cliff Curtis is another possibility. He’s an established actor, is Maori, and is a similar height to the original trilogy’s Fett. One possible disadvantage could be his age. He’s currently 49 years old which may be pushing the bounds in a young Boba Fett movie.
Boba Fett is one of the most loved characters of the Star Wars universe, but the arguments against a Fett standalone movie seem convincing so far. The potential for a good movie is there but Disney will have to be very careful in order to make this work.