The second Star Wars “Anthology” movie may not have a director at the moment, but a new report indicates that it has its main character firmly in place: Boba Fett.
The recent departure of Chronicle and Fantastic Four director Josh Trank from the upcoming standalone Star Wars film, which is scheduled to follow Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars: Rogue One, hasn’t changed the studio’s plans for the project, which will reportedly explore the world of Star Wars’ notorious bounty hunters. According to The Wrap, the film will provide an “origin story” for the iconic character who debuted in 1978’s infamous Star Wars Holiday Special and went on to have a featured role in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.
It’s uncertain what sort of “origin” the film will provide for the character, given that his childhood was already explored in 2002’s Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, but there’s a good chance the film will be set in the time between Attack of the Clones and The Empire Strikes Back.
Of course, all of this information is unconfirmed and entirely unofficial at this point. Neither Disney nor Lucasfilm have revealed any details about the second spinoff film.
In the original Star Wars trilogy, actor Jeremy Bulloch portrayed the bounty hunter clad in Mandalorian battle armor who was tasked with apprehending Han Solo for Jabba the Hutt. The three-part prequel series then explored Boba’s early days, and revealed that he was a clone of the bounty hunter Jango Fett, who raised Boba as his son. In a climactic scene from Attack of the Clones, Boba witnesses Jango’s death (via lightsaber) at the hands of Jedi master Mace Windu.
Boba Fett has appeared in four of the six films in the series so far (including an appearance added to the “Special Edition” cut of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope), and also played a featured role in the animated, canonical series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
It’s worth noting that the second spinoff film isn’t expected to hit theaters until 2018, so a lot can change between now and that point.
The next film in the Star Wars franchise to hit theaters will be the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015. That will be followed by the first spinoff film, Star Wars: Rogue One on December 16, 2016, and then Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26, 2017.