It’s not your father’s Boba Fett (or depending on your age, your Boba Fett), but it certainly looks to be an interesting ride coming your way in December. The first trailer is here for The Book of Boba Fett, a continuation of another resurrected fandom icon following his exploits in Season 2 of The Mandalorian. Certainly The Mandalorian was more what you hoped for as a kid for Boba Fett than this next incarnation, but if Wolverine’s best story can be found in his later years in Logan, maybe there’s hope for this bounty hunter. How many characters can you count that literally spent their time in the shadows, only to literally take over the entire franchise (see The Attack of the Clones)?
But the most exciting part of the trailer? The appearance of Jennifer Beals as what looks to be a new Twi’lek character, joining Temuera Morrison as Fett and Ming-Na Wen as his right arm Fennic Shand.
Check them out and a lot more in this first trailer for The Book of Boba Fett:
But consider this: Bounty hunters, like smugglers such as Han Solo, probably would have short lifespans in any galaxy. Boba probably should have taken Han to the end in Return of the Jedi–how many gunslingers in the Old West survived to be old men? Make no mistake, Boba was visualized as a bad guy, after Darth Vader maybe the baddest of the Star Wars’ privatized bad guys. So why does he seem like a good guy? Sure, he’s going to eliminate anyone standing in his way to get what he wants, but hopefully that also means he maintains that “Man with No Name” quality.
Push aside the Lucas-created proper names for these aliens–most kids of the era watch this trailer and see action figures come to life: Hammerhead sitting on the throne formerly held by Jabba the Hutt and Bib Fortuna and… didn’t Boba sit there at the end of The Mandalorian? (maybe that end was a future scene). But we also see aliens like Bossk and Walrus Man, Tusken Raiders and Gamorrean Guards, and then appears the astronomically under-rated actress Jennifer Beals (who we raved about recently for her performances in both Swamp Thing and The Last Tycoon) as a Twi’lek–our bet is on seeing her as more than a cameo Star Wars character.
More images to ponder:
Stop being picky–it looks awesome. We won’t need to wait long to see how it goes. The first episode of The Book of Boba Fett arrives December 28, 2021, only on Disney+.
C.J. Bunce / Editor / borg