Flashback to Star Wars Celebration 2015, when Lucasfilm was so close to announcing a Boba Fett film under director Josh Trank, a teaser reel for the film had already been produced. Now, a Boba Fett movie has been announced, to be directed by Logan’s James Mangold.
We don’t yet have a plot or any other casting information regarding the film, but many are already scratching their heads and wondering why such a film is even necessary. While Boba Fett is an iconic character, the recent collapse of Solo shows that Disney can only stretch the name of the franchise so far. It’s not that people weren’t interested in Han Solo’s back story, but providing too much exposition and backstory on our favorite characters can such some of the mystery and the magic out of the franchise.
For example, did we really need that explanation as to how Han became Han Solo? Not really.
That’s not to say that it’s not worth revisiting some old characters. We don’t have a lot of information about Obi-Wan Kenobi and what he did during his exile on Tatooine, or what he was like as Qui-Gon’s apprentice. That’s an area of the Star Wars universe that many fans have been waiting for for a long time, but an Obi-Wan movie has not yet been officially confirmed by Disney, despite rumors of a director and pre-production contracts.
Regardless, a Boba Fett movie has the potential to flesh out more of the Star Wars universe. While Solo introduced us to some new gangs and crime bosses (looking at you, Maul!), a Boba Fett movie could introduce us to some new bounty hunters, as well as some old fan favorites, like Cad Bane. It could be a great way to connect the cartoons to the movies, and hopefully draw more fans in from the connection between the two.
Otherwise, it could just be overkill. While we don’t know that much about Boba Fett as a character, maybe the mystery is what matters most. The Star Wars universe is so big, and concentrating on one group of characters from the original movies, when there are so many other stories they could tell, seems like a way for the franchise to quickly go stale, especially if Solo is any indication.
Rogue One was a good example of how Lucasfilm was able to adopt a new group of characters, but still connect them to the story that we all knew in an original way. Hopefully the new Boba Fett movie will be able to do the same.