The Book of Boba Fett premieres on December 29 on Disney+, the newest live-action Star Wars series.
It follows fan-favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett in his quest to establish himself in the criminal underworld on Tatooine in the wake of Jabba the Hutt’s death, working alongside Fennec Shand. There’s a ton to be excited about for this series, but I’ve listed five of the things I really hope to see.
I want to make it clear that I’m not saying these things have to happen or else I’ll be disappointed, as I think evaluating projects on the basis of our expectations is a terrible way to do it. But since I’m a fan who loves the franchise and loves speculating and dreaming and talking about what could come, I thought I’d mention five things that I think would be really cool.
1. Action sequences
Boba Fett has never been cooler than he was in The Mandalorian. I know that will probably be a controversial opinion for some Star Wars fans, but when you consider what he actually did in the original trilogy, his reputation and legend was conveyed mainly through him looking cool. And I’m not disparaging that! The visual appearance is a legitimate part of it and very important to Star Wars; but in The Mandalorian, we actually got to see Fett in action in a way we had never seen before. Seeing him utilize the gaffi stick, blasters, flamethrower, knee rockets, jetpack rocket, and more was fantastic, and it really gave a visual weight to this character’s prowess. It was choreographed and conveyed so well in the series, so I have no doubt that it’ll be more of the same in this show. I want to see this incredibly cool-looking bounty hunter, whose reputation precedes him as one of the best in the galaxy, continue to prove it. He’s been out of the picture for several years, so I can’t imagine it’ll just be easy to pick up where he left off. He’ll need to fight to reclaim his place in the galaxy.
But who will he be fighting? Perhaps people with whom he has a score to settle, or perhaps simply those who currently hold the power in the criminal underworld. And while we should be hesitant to just assume there will be a bunch of familiar appearances, I think it’s worth noting – and hoping – that some might still show up. We know, for instance, that IG-88 is still around at the time of the sequel trilogy. Dengar survived the events of the original trilogy, and it’s heavily implied that he’s actually in The Rise of Skywalker as well. As for Bossk? Well, even though he would be presumed dead at Jabba’s Sail Barge, and even though we haven’t heard anything about him after that event in canon, in legends he survived – and in a story about a bounty hunter who survived the sarlaac pit, bringing Bossk back would be a breeze. But the most intriguing bounty hunter option would actually, in my opinion, be Cad Bane. He took Jango Fett’s place as the best bounty hunter in the galaxy, and he knew the young Boba. There was actually an unfinished arc of The Clone Wars that was going to see Bane train Boba, all with the intention of fighting him to prove he could best Jango too. This would’ve, presumably, led to Bane’s death. It’s heavily implied that this duel did happen – but that Bane survived it. While we have no clue what he’s up to in the post-The Bad Batch universe, I think it would be thrilling (and would fit thematically) to have Bane make his live-action debut in this series as a sort of rival to Fett.
There is one other option that I’ll mention here. If Fett is looking to settle scores, one might think it could lead him to Qi’ra. Though told in comic form, the War of the Bounty Hunters event is telling the story in-between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and the leader of Crimson Dawn is a thorn in Fett’s side. Qi’ra’s story will continue in a new comic series releasing at the end of this year, and we’ve heard no rumblings whatsoever about Emilia Clarke returning to the role. So I’m very confident this one won’t be happening. But since this is an article about things I’d like to see, why not? All said, though, my point here is simply that I think this is a story in which other bounty hunters and criminals, that we’re already familiar with, could show up. I hope it happens. And I’m sure it will.
Returning to Cad Bane for a moment, I’m not ruling out the possibility that his duel with Boba Fett might still be seen on-screen – but that rather than animation, we might see it in live-action. This is admittedly a stretch, but it’s possible that this series could show that moment via flashback. Temuera Morrison has actually hinted that flashbacks will be used, and that would help explain (if it even needed explanation) the changes in Fett’s outfit – as it would help distinguish between eras. Seeing glimpses of Fett first donning his armor as a kid, being trained by Bane, and dueling Bane would be really cool. But it’s not the only possible flashback. Boba Fett survived the sarlacc pit, but we don’t know exactly how (though other material has given us a few vague clues). Boba Fett apparently stayed on Tatooine and didn’t retrieve his armor, and we don’t know what he was up to. That’s a period ripe with questions, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the series answers some of them. Fett is a character that I think works better with a layer of mystery to him, but I also think a series like this probably does need to at least answer some of the questions about how he survived and what he was up to, even if it’s in the most general of terms. If it decides to delve into it, however, I could see flashbacks being a medium used.
4. Cobb Vanth
So far I’ve mentioned a number of familiar faces, and I think it’d be awesome to see any number of them show up in this series. But I’ll be honest: there’s another person not even mentioned yet who is my biggest hope and wish to see in this series. And that would be Cobb Vanth. I was quite unsure and unconvinced about the character when he first showed up in the Aftermath books, but Timothy Olyphant’s portrayal of the character in his one episode of The Mandalorian was fantastic and made him instantly a favorite of mine. I’d love to see Cobb Vanth again, and would totally support a separate series for him if that were the best option. But think about it: he showed up in the episode that proved Fett’s return, he was wearing Fett’s armor, he was operating on Tatooine, and he is still around on Tatooine – where Fett has established himself. To me, there’s just too much overlap there for Vanth to not show up again. Is Fett out to settle a grudge against Vanth over his armor? Will Vanth hear reports of this guy wearing his old armor? And what does it all mean for the state of Tatooine? I REALLY hope that we see Cobb Vanth again, including in this series.
To wrap this all up, I’m going to share one that’s very different than the others, but that is my underlying hope with all of it. There’s a segment of Star Wars fans that seem to delight in any brutality and darkness that the saga embraces, and while there are certainly dark moments, I think glorying in those and hoping for projects that have that as the main theme misunderstand what Star Wars is about. George Lucas was always clear that this was a franchise for kids. The magic of Star Wars comes in the fact that the stories appeal to people across all ages, but I’m also of the opinion that there should never be a Star Wars project that cannot also engage and appeal to kids. Again, that doesn’t mean it has to be lighthearted and humorous – there are several moments in the films, and The Clone Wars in particular, that get really dark really fast. There are projects like The Mandalorian that depict a much grittier side of the galaxy. And Star Wars needs all of that. But at its heart, it must be fun. It must engage kids. And it must be instructive, with positive messages that encourage and teach audiences – primarily younger viewers – about how to live. None of this is new; George Lucas was adamant on it, and Dave Filoni got showtime in the first season of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian as we saw him teaching the other directors on the series these very things.
So when we come to a series with the premise like this one, there’s always at least a slight concern I have about these matters. Boba Fett isn’t exactly a hero, and he’s brutal, violent, and ruthless. It’s been interesting to watch how his characterization in The Mandalorian changed to make him even more noble, but we’ll see how it keeps up. What does give me immense confidence here, however, is the fact that this was my biggest concern entering The Mandalorian as well, and I’ve been really thrilled and impressed with how they’ve managed to bring a grittier tone while keeping these things intact. So since this series is being helmed by the same creative heads of The Mandalorian – Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson are returning to executive produce this series, joined by Robert Rodriguez – I am quite optimistic they’ll be able to pull it off. But it still is one of my biggest hopes for the series, and thus I thought I’d include it here.