The team over at Rebels Report is in my opinion the leading source of Star Wars Rebels coverage. Earlier this month, they uncovered five book covers from this summer’s release of Rebels tie-in children books – scheduled to hit shelves Aug. 5.
They’ve been keeping a close eye on these titles since hints of the book series popped online earlier this year. The cover art was discovered via the Edelweiss catalogue, which is a legitimate information source for publishers and professional reviewers. So, this is the real deal, not misconstrued fan art or a hoax.
One of the books, Ezra’s Gamble, immediately grabbed our attention. The cover art depicts Rebel’s fresh faced Ezra standing alongside the familiar face of Bossk. Some have pointed out the image of Bossk comes from The Clone Wars, but being a tie-in novel, Disney wouldn’t have generated a new model of Bossk just for a book cover.
What’s more important than where the images are originally sourced from is the fact that Bossk and Ezra appear friendly – or at least allied – in the cover art. At this point, it’s nearly impossible to speculate the storyline in Ezra’s Gamble, at the very least; it’s obvious the two characters cross paths. But, does this point toward Boba Fett also appearing in this title?
The Clone Wars established a close partnership between Bossk and young Boba Fett, and sketches by Dave Filoni hinted the two bounty hunters continued their partnership in future storylines – these are the sketches showing Bossk and Boba alongside Cad Bane’s crew in an unaired story arc.
Of course, plenty of time has passed between the happenings in The Clone Wars and the time period of Star Wars Rebels, but I have to imagine any fallout between Boba Fett and Bossk would be saved for an onscreen story arc. Filoni created such a strong bond between the two bounty hunters, it would be a wasted opportunity to not show their dissolved.
Even if Boba Fett and Bossk is no longer a pair during this time period, their close association could still point at Boba Fett appearing in the title. If they’re no longer allies, than they’re each other’s competition, making it conceivable that if Ezra is crossing Bossk’s paths, then it couldn’t be too hard to believe an intersection with Boba Fett wouldn’t be too outlandish to occur.
If you’re not currently following executive director Greg Weisman on Twitter, you may not be aware of some of the information he’s revealed about the development of “Star Wars Rebels.” Thus far, he disclosed they have broken down the first season of the new animated series – which filled up 363 note cards.
These brainstorming sessions between Weisman and fellow producers are merely story ideas – they’ve yet to script any episodes yet. In fact, Saturday marked the team’s first full week on the project. He also noted they’ve already discussed plot ideas for season two.
Earlier last week, Weisman posted a tease of what to expect from this new series. While vague, it gave us additional information to supplement the brief synopsis Lucasfilm released.
“Expect great characters, stunning action, humor, arcing and a little romance, i.e. all the things that most of you have enjoyed in my previous series and in the very best of the Star Wars franchise. Expect that. Go ahead. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed! And if I’m wrong, I’ll eat my lightsaber. (I’m getting a lightsaber tomorrow!! YES!)”
Only a week into development, we can’t expect to see character names yet, but let’s hope the name Boba Fett came up in these meetings.