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He lives! Boba Fett, the most famous bounty hunter in the Star Wars universe is returning to the screen in season 2 of The Mandalorian. The casting was initially reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
Who is Temuera Morrison?
Morrison is familiar to Star Wars fans as the actor who initially played Jango Fett, Boba Fett’s father, in Episode II: Attack of the Clones. As Jango was used as the basis for all the clones, his face would live on in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, with Morrison returning to play Commander Cody and other clones. More recently he has done voice work for Disney’s animated feature Moana and starred as Thomas Curry, father of Aquaman, in the 2018 superhero film.
Morrison’s voice has also been dubbed into the original trilogy films since his appearance as Jango, making his casting as Boba Fett in The Mandalorian a natural choice.
Isn’t Boba Fett Dead?
Apparently not! Boba Fett seemingly met his fate in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, after being knocked into the Sarlacc Pit. George Lucas had previously stated in interviews throughout the years and privately to members of the Lucasfilm staff that he believed Boba Fett somehow survived. The Legends short story collection Tales from Jabba’s Palace did tell the story of how Fett escaped the Sarlacc Pit, but that is no longer canon.
In canon, the first Aftermath book by Chuck Wendig hinted that Fett was still alive in a vignette where salvaged Mandalorian armor is found on Tatooine. Wendig never picked up on the thread himself, leaving it for others to explore. It seems that is now the case with Boba Fett in The Mandalorian‘s upcoming season 2.
What Fett’s role will be is still unknown, but it is expected to be a small one.