Monday, 18 May 2015

Boba Fett origin story potentially second Star Wars Anthology standalone

The character Boba Fett has been the subject of rumours ever since Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm announced a series of standalone (now known as the Anthology) Star Wars films to run in between Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the other main episodes of the new trilogy. Now, according to The Wrap, we're not far from official confirmation that the galaxy's most notorious bounty hunter will be the subject of the film targeting a 2018 release.

Until there is an official confirmation, however, we should treat this latest announcement as scuttlebutt. But given all the online chatter, it seems certain that some aspect of Boba Fett will be explored, beyond his limited screen time in the original trilogy and the daddy issues that cropped up when we learned in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones (2002) that he was the only unaltered clone of Jango Fett, watched his father die and grew up to become a bounty hunter.

How much of his origin story will be explored remains to be seen – and he is certainly divisive in fandom, with some hungering to know more and others convinced that peeling away the mystery, as in Attack Of The Clones, could be a bad move. As for the mysterious movie itself, it was set to be directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle), before leaving the project for personal issues. And earlier whispers had Lawrence Kasdan – one of the people who introduced Boba Fett in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – writing the script for the film before switching over to assist J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness) with the rewrite on The Force Awakens. And before any second Anthology film takes aim at screens. Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) must complete his own first effort, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, which focuses on a Rebel Alliance scheme to steal the plans for the first Death Star. With Felicity Jones (The Theory Of Everything), Ben Mendelsohn (Killing Them Softly) and Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) in the cast, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One is due for release 16 December 2016.

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