Everything We Know About The Book of Boba Fett

The announcement of The Mandalorian spinoff was dropped into the finale of season 2, setting off a social media frenzy of excitement and speculation. Here are the details announced by series creator Jon Favreau.

by | December 21, 2020 | Comments

Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) and Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) in The Mandalorian, season two

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The season 2 finale of The Mandalorian left fans with plenty of questions, but none were more pressing than a surprise announcement about something called “The Book of Boba Fett” would arrive in December 2021. Was it the next season of The Mandalorian, switching its focus from Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) to the infamous Star Wars bounty hunter? Or was it its own standalone series? Without a clarifying word from executive producer Jon Favreau or Lucasfilm, speculation ran high across the weekend of December 19, 2020 on the nature of Fett’s new story.

Thankfully, Favreau appeared on Good Morning America during its Monday, December 21 airing to dispel some of the confusion regarding The Book. So let’s take a look at everything we know so far.

It Is a Standalone Series

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In our look at the Season 2 finale, we assumed The Book of Boba Fett was the next phase of The Mandalorian. No Boba Fett series was mentioned at Lucasfilm’s exhaustive Investor Day presentation of December 10 and the no logo appeared during the finale’s stinger scene indicating a new series. But as Favreau explained on GMA, the series was kept out of the presentation to maintain the surprise.

Since it is a standalone series, we can safely say the program will star Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett, the cloned son of Jango Fett (also Morrison), who may have a strong claim to being Mandalorian even if the heir apparent to that planet’s throne refuses to accept him. As seen in the Mandalorian stinger scene, it will likely focus on Fett either taking over the criminal empire of Jabba the Hutt or leveraging its assets for some secretive purpose.

Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand in a Mandalorian season 2 character poster

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Joining him on this new journey will be Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), the mercenary he rescued in The Mandalorian’s first season. Seemingly indebted to him, if even by just her own code of ethics, the pair will continue on as Fett plans his next move.

And if we might indulge in some speculation, we imagine the other bounty hunters from The Empire Strikes Back — Dengar, IG-88, Bossk, Zuckuss, and 4-LOM — may appear at some point. Also, there may be room to do an episode on Jodo Kast, the imposter Boba Fett who appeared in the Expanded Universe while Fett himself recuperated from his encounter with the Sarlaac.

Come to think of it, revealing how he actually survived his seeming death scene in Return of the Jedi would make for a strong chapter as well. Also, you have to wonder how long before Fett’s actions in Jabba’s palace attracts the attention of Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant), other elements on Tatooine, or even the other Hutts.

On the production side, Robert Rodriguez — who directed the episode re-introducing Boba Fett to The Mandalorian’s sector of space — will serve as executive producer with Favreau and stalwart Star Wars creative Dave Filoni.

It Is Not a Replacement for The Mandalorian

As Favreau clarified during his GMA appearance, The Book of Fett will come before the third season of The Mandalorian, but not replace it; in fact, Favreau said the third season will “pretty soon follow” The Book of Fett in terms of production. Whether or not this means the new season will immediately follow Fett in airing is anyone’s guess. It is rather clear, however, that there will be no Mandalorian in 2021.

The year 2022 appears to be the big one for Star Wars on Disney+ with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Andor debuting alongside the third season of The Mandalorian. There is also the potential for at least one other live-action Star Wars project to join that group as well.

It Is Part of the Post–Return of the Jedi Timeline

Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) in The Mandalorian season two

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Alongside the recently announced Ahsoka and Rangers of the New Republic series, The Book of Boba Fett will take place in the era five or so years after Return of the Jedi. For lack of an official name, we’ll call it the New Republic era. In an echo to the early Expanded Universe novels, games, and comics, it is a time when the newly established Republic faces a lot of backlash from Imperial enclaves and plenty of internal tensions the Rebel Alliance set aside to combat the Empire.

That issue will presumably form the atmosphere of Rangers, but it will also factor into Fett as organized crime is constant in the Star Wars galaxy, as is the central government’s inability (or apathy) to police it. We’ll hazard a guess that a show more focused on scum and villainy made a standalone Fett series attractive to Favreau and Filoni as they devised the Mandalorian spinoffs — well, assuming the series is just about Fett becoming the godfather of space. As we’ve already seen, he is a man of his word, and it is possible the resources of the Hutt criminal enterprise could be utilized in some other goal.

The Mandalorian Chapter 11 Nite Owls: Axe Woves (Simon Kassianides), Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), Koska Reeves (Mercedes Varnado)

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During the Investor Day presentation, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy mentioned The Mandalorian, Rangers, and Ahsoka would culminate in an event. Presumably, Fett will be part of this culmination as well and we wouldn’t be surprised if it is all leading to the liberation of Mandalore. As we’ve seen in The Mandalorian, Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) is still trying to free it from Imperial Remnant control even as most people assume the planet was, as Fett put it, “turned to glass.” She’s also still trying to be its ruler, which may lead to some conflicts with Din Djarin in the near future.

But if Djarin decides to lead the liberation effort himself, he will no doubt call on Fett to help perhaps even offering the boon of legitimizing him as a Mandalorian. That would be reason enough to barge into Jabba’s palace and kill Bib Fortuna.

Then again, having fulfilled his promise to help Djarin recover Grogu, Fett may be acting on his own. Either way, it is clear The Book of Boba Fett will have a lasting impact on this New Republic era.

It Is Set To Debut in December 2021

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As the next chapter of the New Republic era, The Book of Boba Fett premieres in December next year. Favreau’s comments on GMA suggests some filming has begun. It is still unclear how long The Book will be, although eight episodes is a reasonable expectation; however, as seen with the upcoming Andor, a 12-episode order is also possible.

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