Star Wars' small screen branch continues to expand with the looming arrival of The Book of Boba Fett.
The upcoming Disney+ series will feature the return of Temuera Morrison as the titular bounty hunter alongside Ming-Na Wen's Fennec Shand. The show is executive produced by The Mandalorian's Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, and Robert Rodriguez, the latter of which also directed the Boba Fett-centric episode of the hit Star Wars series.
The Mandalorian Season 2's post-credits scene showed that the bounty hunting pair killed Bib Fortuna and his allies, thus gaining control of Tatooine. Meanwhile, The Book of Boba Fett's first trailer gave fans a preview of its aftermath, telling a story of Fett and Shand's newfound reign in the crime world.
As the show's premiere inches closer, marketing has been ramping up in the past weeks. Now, new details about The Book of Boba Fett's mysterious narrative have been revealed.
The Book of Boba Fett's Plot Details Revealed
The Mandalorian creator and The Book of Boba Fett executive producer Jon Favreau sat down with Empire to talk about the storyline of the Temuera Morrison-led Star Wars series.
Favreau first explained that there is a "power vacuum" in the galaxy due to Jabba the Hutt's death, teasing that this is a wide-open opportunity for Fett:
“There is a power vacuum. because Jabba is gone. Jabba was clearly a very strong and imposing leader, who people were very scared of, and who seemed to rule with an iron fist. You pull somebody like that out of the ecosystem of Tatooine – and Hutt Space in general – and you have the opportunity that’s ripe in the gangster genre.”
The Star Wars producer then discussed Fett's inexperience when it comes to running a criminal syndicate in the galaxy, admitting that he's "not normally a newcomer" in most instances:
“Although Boba Fett is a very experienced bounty hunter, he’s not experienced at running a criminal syndicate or managing forces. He’s not normally a newcomer. He’s an expert as we see him in most areas. But in this case, he’s trying to transition to another position.”
The Book of Boba Fett director Robert Rodriguez also chimed in, teasing that fans will see a "lot more of [Boba Fett]'s character" in the upcoming series:
“We’ll see a lot more of his true character in this season. And you’ll definitely see him have to turn ‘barbarian mode’.”
Alongside the interview, two new stills were also unveiled.
Boba Fett, without his helmet, is seen alongside Ming-Na Wen's Fennec Shand on an unknown planet (presumably Tatooine), potentially scouting for allies or enemies.
Rodriguez can be seen directing The Book of Boba Fett's action sequences in this new behind-the-scenes still.
Boba Fett as Galaxy's Crime Lord
Jon Favreau's latest comments clearly suggest that The Book of Boba Fett will explore Fett's psyche like never before while also testing his leadership skills.
On top of that, the show will likely provide more details about the state of the galactic crime world after Jabba the Hut's death in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. For starters, it will be interesting to find out how Bib Fortuna rose to power in Tatooine before meeting his demise at the hands of Fett and Shand.
Throughout his in-universe run during the Skywalker Saga, Fett has been shown as a strong character, but Favreau's remarks seem to hint that The Book of Boba Fett will break him down to expose some of his vulnerabilities. The Mandalorian already showed a glimpse of Fett's compassionate side, and it looks like more of that character's aspect would appear in the series.
Still, as evidenced by the trailer, Fett's ruthless side will also be prominent to establish his dominance. It's reasonable to assume that the bounty hunter's compassion and his willingness to get his hands dirty could serve as the basis for his leadership of the underworld.
However, making his followers agree to his leadership is another conversation altogether, and it seems that this is the conflict that Fett and Shand will face in the series.
On a separate note, Robert Rodriguez's hands-on approach in the show's action scenes is on clear display in the official still. The director's Boba Fett-centric episode crafted one of the memorable fight scenes from The Mandalorian, and signs point that more intense and thrilling moments will be showcased in The Book of Boba Fett.
The Book of Boba Fett is set to premiere on Disney+ on December 29, 2021.