Star Wars Director Gets Secret Cameo In Book of Boba Fett Premiere

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Book of Boba Fett, Disney Plus

A year after Boba Fett assumed Jabba the Hutt's throne in The Mandalorian's Season 2 post-credits stinger, Star Wars fans have finally seen the premiere episode of The Book of Boba Fett. From the minds of Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, Lucasfilm's second live-action series for Disney+ looks to explore Boba's newfound role as Tatooine's crime lord while also showing elements of the bounty hunter's past. 

Directed by Robert Rodriguez, the series debut episode titled "Strangers in a Strange Land" not only showed flashbacks of Boba as a Tusken Raider prisoner but also the bounty hunter making his new position known and accepting tributes from other powerful figures. 

Fans have speculated as to whether The Book of Boba Fett will continue The Mandalorian's tradition of cameos; and while the series has only begun, one of the leaders Boba meets is actually a leader behind the camera as well. 

The Book of Boba Fett's Secret Cameo 

In the scene where Boba and Fennec Shand are receiving tributes, Jabba's former smelting droid 8D8 presents the leader of the Trandoshan family, Dokk Strassi. As the Trandoshan appears carrying a pelt that may have belonged to a Wookie, Boba tells Fennec that he "used to work for him". 

After Boba remarks that "it's an honor to be welcome to Mos Espa by you, Dokk Strassi," the Trandoshan bows and offers a veiled threat saying, "May you never leave Mos Espa."

Interestingly enough, the actor portraying the green-skinned Dokk Strassi was actually the episode's director, Robert Rodriguez, who's also serving as one of The Book of Boba Fett's executive producers.

Robert Rodriguez The Book of Boba Fett

Rodriguez also directed The Mandalorian's Season 2 episode "The Tragedy" where Boba Fett met Mando and wiped out a unit of Stormtroopers intent on taking Baby Yoda/Grogu.

Robert Rodriguez

Therefore, Boba's comment about working for Rodriguez is true in more ways than one.

A Bounty of Cameos for The Book of Boba Fett?

In addition to The Mandalorian's string of character cameos, a number of Star Wars directors and producers have also made cameos in Lucasfilm's original Disney+ series, including Dave Filoni as X-Wing pilot Trapper Wolf, Jon Favreau as Mandalorian Paz Vizsla, and Taika Waititi as IG-11.

It appears that Rodriguez is making sure that trend continues in The Book of Boba Fett meaning Star Wars fans may see more of Filoni's Trapper Wolf; and since Bryce Dallas Howard is returning to direct an episode, perhaps her first-ever Star Wars cameo as well?

Fans have also been speculating about which characters from the Star Wars films or The Mandalorian may make an appearance, particularly in light of Luke Skywalker's jaw-dropping cameo. While it's possible that Mando could appear, there are rumors and evidence that another star from The Mandalorian may cameo as well

Thankfully, The Book of Boba Fett has only just begun; and if Rodriguez's appearance is any indication, more familiar names faces from both on-screen and behind the camera are in store in the coming weeks.

New episodes of The Book of Boba Fett debut on Wednesdays on Disney+.

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Savannah Sanders joined The Direct as a writer in 2020. In addition to writing for The Direct's Star Wars, Marvel, and DC teams, Savannah specializes in the relationship between Disney's blockbuster franchises and the Disney Parks.