Despite seemingly having a similar premise, The Mandalorian wasn’t influenced by the scrapped Boba Fett movie. Fans have long been enamored by the Star Wars character Boba Fett ever since he first appeared in the original trilogy. Even after the prequel movies filled in his (admittedly strange) backstory, there was always a hope that the Star Wars franchise would explore his character even further. There were once plans for a standalone Boba Fett film, similar to how Han Solo got his origin story in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Directors like Josh Trank and James Mangold were attached at previous points, but the film was eventually scrapped.
Instead, Lucasfilm opted to create another project centered on a bounty hunter traveling the far reaches of space: The Mandalorian. As the first live-action Star Wars series to arrive on Disney+, The Mandalorian was an instant hit when it premiered last November thanks to its expansion of the universe, its intriguing main character, and, of course, Baby Yoda. Pedro Pascal plays the titular Mandalorian, and he’ll return for season 2 when it drops on Disney+ in October. According to series creator Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian came from the idea of what fans wanted from Boba Fett.
Despite the many similarities between Boba Fett and the Mandalorian, plus the timing of the Disney+ series, The Mandalorian was not inspired by the abandoned Boba Fett film. While talking to Deadline, executive producer and director Dave Filoni touched upon the idea that The Mandalorian was influenced by the Boba Fett film and effectively shut it down. “There wasn’t really any crossover with any previous development,” Filoni said. He further expanded on this by explaining how the Mandalorian himself evolved in response to Boba Fett’s prequels backstory, saying this:
Some of his [Boba Fett’s] mystique had been taken away. Jon’s idea was to reimagine that character as a straight-on bounty hunter and take that imagery of the lone gunfighter. The revelation was this idea of this child in a lone wolf cub sensibility.
Interestingly enough, The Mandalorian season 2 is expected to include Boba Fett. He will be played by Temuera Morrison, who previously portrayed Jango Fett in the Star Wars prequel films. The announcement caused both excitement and confusion among fans, seeing as Boba Fett seemingly died in Return of the Jedi. There’s bound to be a proper explanation for his return, and hopefully it can live up to fans’ expectations.
Boba Fett also isn’t the only established Star Wars character possibly making an appearance in The Mandalorian season 2. There are rumors that Rosario Dawson will play The Clone Wars favorite Ahsoka Tano, and Katee Sackoff has reportedly joined the cast as her animated character Bo-Katan. For a lone gunslinger, the Mandalorian’s world seems to be getting crowded. Still, that probably won’t lessen fan excitement, seeing as they’re already eager to learn more about him and his adorable ward Baby Yoda. At least there’s only a few months to go before the next season.
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