With only four lines of dialogue in the original Star Wars trilogy, the popularity of Boba Fett is a little baffling. Despite his quiet demeanor, the bounty hunter has fans all around the world and now it seems he is getting his own spinoff story set within the Star Wars universe. THR is reporting that James Mangold, the same director that brought you the Wolverine film “Logan,” is set direct the film.
Mangold will serve double-duty on the project, tapped to direct and write the new installment. As you can imagine, any possible story ideas are currently being heavily guarded. It’s interesting that Disney is putting together a Boba Fett story just as “Solo: A Star Wars Story” hits theaters. It stands to reason that the duo could meet up in the new installment, possible including the story of when Solo dumped his cargo from Jabba the Hutt, which subsequently had the Hutt hiring Boba Fett to capture Solo in the original trilogy. Disney can really throw some star-power at the film and have Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover reprise their “Solo” roles to meet up with Boba Fett, but we will have to wait to see what happens. Obviously everyone will be wondering who will play Boba Fett, but Disney will most likely keep us waiting a long time.
A young Fett did appear in the prequels, before his father was cut down by a young Obi-Wan Kenobi, Fett also makes an appearance in the animated-adventure “The Clone Wars”. The expanded universe covered the story of Boba Fett for a long time, after he escaped the Sarlacc pit of course, but those stories are just guides now, not canon.
Disney also seems to be working on an Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone film, but there are even fewer official details available on that project. The Obi-Wan Kenobi film could certainly be a fan favorite, if Disney can get Ewan McGregor back in the robe, but a Boba Fett movie might be the new front-runner for fans. A lot of fans on social-media forums have also been championing the idea of a Yoda movie.
The standalone movies have proven to be a winning formula for Disney. The first standalone film was “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” which made over $532M domestically and over $1.05B worldwide. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is opening this weekend and features Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany, and Jon Favreau.