In an exclusive report today by Aaron Couch and Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter, it was revealed that Temuera Morrison will portray the infamous Star Wars bounty hunter Boba Fett in Season 2 of The Mandalorian.
Morrison originally played Boba Fett’s pseudo-father Jango Fett in 2002’s Attack of the Clones. In that movie, Jango was the renowned mercenary/bounty hunter the Kaminoans used as a template for the clone army they mistakenly believed was ordered (yet still utilized) by the Republic.
As part of his agreement with Count Dooku, Jango asked that the Kaminoans also create an unaltered clone for him who he could raise as a son, who he named Boba.
Unfortunately, young Boba Fett was forced to watch his dad get decapitated by Mace Windu at the First Battle of Geonosis.
Morrison returned to portray the identical clone troopers in 2005’s Revenge of the Sith. His image was also used to create the clone troopers in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which just ended last week.
Meanwhile, Boba Fett developed a considerable grudge against the Jedi for killing his father.
Fett’s next chronological appearance was in an animated short included with the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special. Later, he became the bounty hunter best known for capturing Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back and getting inadvertently thrown into a sarlacc pit during Han’s rescue in Return of the Jedi.
Despite going out like a complete spaz, Boba Fett still became a fan favorite due to this cool design and imposing presence.
Before much of the pre-Disney expanded universe was un-canonized to Legends, Fett had managed to escape the sarlacc thanks to a thermal detonator. In the new Star Wars canon, however, no one was really sure what to think, especially with him not showing up in the sequel trilogy.
According to Couch and Kit’s report, however, we actually got our first glimpse of Boba Fett after the original triology during the fifth episode of The Mandalorian entitled ‘The Gunslinger.’ Turns out that he was the one standing over Fennec Shand‘s body at the very end.
As far as what all this means for Boba Fett in Season 2, it’s anyone’s guess. Couch and Kit’s report claims that he won’t have a very large part, but that certainly didn’t stop him from making a huge impact in Episode V and Episode VI.
Also, it’s great that they got Temuera Morrison to play the role. Even though we never see Boba Fett without his helmet in any of his adult/live action appearances, we can safely assume he would look almost identical to the father he was cloned from.
Season 2 of The Mandalorian premieres in October on Disney+.