Just when you thought Disney had dished out all upcoming goods at its recent investors conference, it turns out the entertainment imperialists had something else up their sleeve. What was teased in the post-credit scenes of last week’s The Mandalorian season finale has now been confirmed with Disney locking in the hard details for the spiritual sequel of the live-action series, The Book Of Boba Fett.
A December 2021 release date has been slapped on the new series, a Disney+ exclusive naturally, which will see Temuera Morrison once again don the Beskar, with accomplice Ming-Na Wen returning as Fennec Shand. Behind the camera will be the posterboy of quality content Jon Favreau and his Mando counterpart Dave Filoni, with the addition of the one and only Robert Rodriguez, the fingerprints of whom can be found all over the Season 2 episode Chapter 14 (which just so happened to be the episode which saw Boba Fett return to the fold).
All other details are being kept under lock and key, but what we saw in the closing moments of the Mando Season 2 finale gives us a pretty decent idea of the atmosphere that The Book Of Boba Fett will be set within. Having reclaimed his Beskar armour, Fett and Fennec cap off the season by blasting their way into Jabba The Hutt’s erstwhile palace, now under the ward of the ever-greasey looking Bib Fortuna.
No doubt revenge will be a key plot point, and hopefully for the die-hards out there, some anwers as to how Fett escaped the Sarlacc into which he’s thrown in Return of the Jedi.
Boba Fett first appeared in The Empire Strikes Back and managed to achieve the status of cult icon with almost no speaking parts. Further substance was added to the character when we met his father, Jango, during Attack Of The Clones.
Sadly, the actor who originally donned the Beskar, Jeremy Bulloch, passed away this month, though the style and effortless cool he brought to the character will live on.
Disney have also confirmed that we’ve not seen the last of The Mandalorian, either – Season 3 production will begin in 2021.