Star Wars fans are eagerly awaiting the “The Book of Boba Fett” series on Disney+, which makes its debut on December 29, 2021,
But if all you know about Boba Fett is he was in “The Empire Strikes Back,” I’ve put together a list of things to know about the character and the show.
Here are 20 things you should know before watching “The Book of Boba Fett”:
1] We are first introduced to the character of bounty hunter Boba Fett in “The Empire Strikes Back” where he captures Han Solo on the cloud city of Bespin.
2] Boba Fett was designed by Star Wars creator George Lucas, art director Joe Johnston and legendary illustrator Ralph McQuarrie. He was loosely based on Clint Eastwood’s character of Man With No Name in the Sergio Leone’s Westerns.
3] We next meet him in “Return of the Jedi,” as he delivers Han to crime lord Jabba the Hutt, in order to collect the bounty Jabba has put on Han.
4] He supposedly perishes in the pit of the Sarlacc on Tatooine, as Jabba’s plan to kill Han, Chewie, and Luke doesn’t go as planned.
5] We next meet Boba in the Star Wars prequel “Attack of the Clones” as the child of famous bounty hunter Jango Fett. It’s here that we learn Boba is actually a genetic clone of Jango.
6] A younger version of Boba Fett also appears in the animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” but the character last appeared in a scene at the end of season two of the Disney+ series “The Mandalorian” as “The Book of Boba Fett” series was announced.
7] In “The Book of Boba Fett” the title character is played by actor Temuera Morrison, who also played Jango Fett in “Attack of the Clones.”
8] Since “The Book of Boba Fett” takes place after “Return of the Jedi,” many wonder how Boba survived the Sarlacc, espcially since, as C-3PO explained, it slowly digests its victims over a thousand years. The answer was partially explained in a trailer for the show, which shows Boba Fett healing in a bacta tank. Here is that trailer:
9] “The Book of Boba Fett” finds Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) returning to the sands of Tatooine to stake his claim on the territory once ruled by Jabba and his crime syndicate.
10] Boba Fett is backed by Fennec Shand, an elite mercenary and assassin played by actress Ming-Na Wen. She was introduced in “Chapter 5: The Gunslinger” of “The Mandalorian,” and is later saved by Boba Fett, who has to replace parts of her body with cybernetics.
11] We learn more about Fennec in the Disney+ animated series, “Star Wars: The Bad Batch,” where a younger Fennec appears as a bounty hunter, but it’s not necessary to watch this series to know who she is in “The Book of Boba Fett.”
12] If you missed that final scene in “The Mandalorian” season 2, the pair strolled into Jabba’s mostly abandoned palace, quickly dispatched of Jabba’s head Twi’lek and successor Bib Fortuna, and took a seat on the throne.
13] Twi’leks are a humanoid species characterized by prehensile appendages that sprout from the crown or base of their skulls, known as lekku. They hail from the planet Ryloth, but are found throughout the Star Wars universe.
14] Twi’leks are also in “The Book of Boba Fett,” and if you watch the trailers closely, you may have spotted actress Jennifer Beals (pictured below) playing one. Nothing more is known about the character, but it’s safe to say it’s probably a major character.
15] The season will be seven episodes long, and follow Boba Fett and Fennec Shand building a crime empire of their own in the vacuum that Jabba left behind. But where Jabba ruled with fear, Boba says he will rule with respect…a respect backed by healthy dose of fear, I imagine.
16] “The Book of Boba Fett” is backed by a lot of the same creative team that “The Mandalorian” did. It is being executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and director Robert Rodriguez.
17] In addition to producing the show, Rodriguez directs three episodes, as well as voicing two characters, including The Mayor, whose voiceover is heard in trailers.
18] In a recent interview, Filoni teased: “Boba gives us a direct connection to the Star Wars saga since he was involved in that story. This creates a nice crossover point for both classic characters and new characters. Much of ‘The Mandalorian’ was new, or had not been seen onscreen. Through Boba Fett, we can weave some of those characters and tales together using a character we know but don’t know a lot about.” So there may be more surprise familiar characters appearing in this series.
19] While “The Book of Boba Fett” currently has no future seasons planned, it’s worth noting the show takes place in the same time frame as “The Mandalorian,” which has an upcoming seaon in the works, and “Ahsoka,” a new Disney+ series featuring Rosario Dawson in the lead role. This leaves open the possibility of cross-over story lines.
20] All of the clips shown from the series so far are reportedly only from the first half of the first episode. Rodriguez said in an interview: “We can’t use the second half of the first episode because it gives so much away.”
Here is a trailer for “The Book of Boba Fett”:
Disney+ also recently released a new featurette for “The Book of Boba Fett,” featuring actors Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen along with filmmakers Dave Filoni, Jon Favreau, and Robert Rodriguez discussing the series:
I’m beyond excited to watch this series and see where the new canon on the character leads. When Disney bought LucasFilm, it decreed only what had happened on film to that point was considered canon. So everything that happened with Boba Fett in the old Star Wars universe no longer exists and the character is a relatively fresh canvas to tell stories on.
Will you be watching “The Book of Boba Fett”?