About 16,000 participated in an online poll at IGN.com on who they most want to see return in Episode VII. The results were a near landslide, with Boba Fett receiving nearly a quarter of the votes. Twenty-three percent of the people polled voted for Boba Fett.
The best way to illustrate the scale of these results, the runner up was Darth Maul with 12 percent and Chewbacca with 11 percent. IGN.com included 20 characters in the poll, excluding “obvious” choices like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Darth Vader.
Earlier this year, StarWars.com came up with similar results during their March Madness Character Tournament. If you take the same characters out, that IGN omitted, and you’d be left also with Boba Fett as the top choice – note, he did make the semi-finals during that tourney.
While I was excited to learn these results, the result articles made my teeth grind – the writer commenting that Boba Fett is dead, a fact we all know is false. Even if you’re only considering G-Level canon, you cannot conclude Boba died.
A rule of thumb for genre television and movies has always been – if you don’t see a body, you can’t know 100 percent they’re fate is sealed. That being said, this story has been making the rounds and I must imagine has come to the attention of Lucasfilm officials.
Let’s continue to cross our fingers that we’ll see the “resurrection” of Boba Fett in the sequel trilogy.
We’re in high anticipation for the Star Wars Rebels presentation coming next month to the New York Comic Con, but earlier this month we got one of our first big pieces of casting rumors – word spread that actors David Oyelowo, Freddie Prinze Jr, Vanessa Marshall, Taylor Gray and Steve Blum were being brought on to voice characters.
This rumor holds some weight in my opinion, because a few of these performers have past histories with Star Wars properties. Some have even commented about it since the rumor hit the Internet.
In an interview with RebelForce Radio a few weeks ago, voice actor Tom Kane, best known for his role as Yoda in The Clone Wars, disclosed that he landed the job due to previously working with Lucasfilm, voicing some early Star Wars games. So it’s no surprise two of these individuals come from this arena.
Of the names mentioned, Steve Blum has the longest relationship with Star Wars projects – having provided voices for nearly a dozen Star Wars video games – including such recent titles as The Old Republic, The Force Unleashed II, and games as old as 1996’s X-Wing vs. TIE Fighters.
Vanessa Marshall is also part of the Star Wars family, having voiced characters in The Old Republic, Knights of the Old Republic and Jedi Knights II – like Blum, she has been in the folds for more than a decade. Both of them also have working relationships with producer Greg Weisman.
Most of the roles Blum played has been Imperial troopers, whether AT-ST drivers, Infantry, or Imperial officers. Marshall has played Force users, whether Sith or Jedi. Could these hint at what parts they’ll play in the show?
Some of the other actors are a little harder to tie to the project. This is Taylor Gray’s first major voice work job, previously best known for a Nickelodeon show, Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures.
However, odds are strong he landed a lead role – and it’s a Jedi – source? – Well, an article from Hollywood Reporter, announcing Gray’s been cast in a lead role was posted as news on Gray’s official website. Gray also tweeted the following four days ago, dropping a bomb: “Cool article that came out today. Always wanted to be a Jedi!”
David Oyelowo is one of the most exciting names attached to this rumor, because earlier this month it was reported he may be the first actor casted for Episode VII and that he’d also play a role in Rebels that would lead way to the film performance. The exciting part of this rumor is Simon Kinsberg is working with Rebel producers to create continuity between the two projects.
However, this is no surprise, Weisman has mentioned on Twitter, on multiple occasions, he’s talked story with Kinsberg. Like most actors who’ve been onscreen for a while, he’s been quiet.
Hollywood Reporter also broke that Freddie Prinze Jr was being sought to voice a role. Prinze has done voice work before, in video games like Mass Effects and television shows like Kim Possible and Robot Chicken.
It’s no surprise that so far evidence points to Jedi being around in Rebels. The premise of the show, as stated by Lucasfilm, is the Empire hunting down the remains of the Jedi Order. That would be a little hard to do – with no Jedi characters.
If you’re reading this blog entry, you’re either a fan of Boba Fett or at minimum, think he’s cool looking. But there’s a contingent of fans out there who shake with hatred and fear the Mandalorian could return in upcoming films and television.
What’s to fear? For about 30 years, Boba Fett haters have thrown the Sarlacc in our faces. Most of them know very well that Boba Fett escaped the Pit of Carkoon, but they know it’s a sore spot for our community of fandom. There’s also the crass name calling and “blind man” jokes. The haters fear losing these taunts if Boba Fett escapes the Sarlacc on film or is shown as we see him in comics and novels.
Everyone has their right to an opinion, but it bothers me when people attack a character just to get a rise out of another fan. I understand if you are indifferent or not fanatic about a character, but it’s bizarre to me to literally attack a fellow fan for liking a particular character.
I’m sure you’ve all visited forums or read tweets, where somebody says they hate Boba Fett. I usually ignore these remarks, but today I decided to collect the most common comments by haters, and have supplied counter arguments to each.
Haters Say: Boba Fett is just popular because he looks cool. He does nothing in the movies but stand there.
Counter: Yes, he looks awesome, but that’s a silly reason to hate a character. Also, while he may not say much in the Original Trilogy, there’s a reason the few quotes he does have are so iconic. Don’t forget, he was also one of the few characters who even teased the line of arguing with Darth Vader.
Haters Say: Star Wars is oversaturated by Boba Fett already; he shouldn’t be in new films.
Counter: Despite being contradictory to the first argument, this is just plain false. The Original Trilogy has a complete running time of about 385 minutes, which Boba Fett appears in only about 20 minutes of – that’s including his cameo in the special edition. He then appeared in only six episodes of The Clone Wars, which ran 108 episodes – and one of those six episodes was just the character’s cameo on a wanted poster. So you hate him because of all the merchandising? With that reasoning, you should also hate Darth Vader or Yoda.
Haters Say: Boba Fett was a punk who got killed by a blind man.
Counter: First off, you know he’s not dead. Second, the Empire was defeated by Ewoks. Does that mean the Empire was a poor threat? Anything can be simplified into an insult. Nuff said.
Haters Say: Boba Fett is dead.
Counter: This is a tired comment by haters. It’s widely understood Boba Fett escaped the Sarlacc in the Expanded Universe. In fact, he escaped twice, if you include another story from the comics. Also, George Lucas has gone on the record recently, saying Boba Fett survived. Even without those first two counter points, there’s plenty of reason to suspect his survival. We only see him fall into the Sarlacc, not actually die. There’s no blood or decapitation. Anakin Skywalker survived a lava planet and that was without Mandalorian armor.
Haters Say: He’s too popular.
Counter: It all comes down to this reason; people don’t like that he’s so popular. Personally, I don’t believe this is a valid reason to attack a character. By far, characters like Yoda, Anakin Skywalker, C3-PO are equally, if more popular, but you don’t see hoards of people hating those characters due to that reason. This is as superficial as hating a supermodel, because they’re too pretty.
I’ve worked in journalism for about eight years. One disappointing trend I’ve noticed is people seldom read an entire news piece before drawing their conclusions – society is being conditioned to ignoring anything longer than a Twitter post. I sometimes want to remind people to read more than the headline, there’s more words under the byline.
Last week the Internet swarmed with news that Boba Fett and Han Solo spin-offs were confirmed by Disney’s Bob Iger and they’d be origin stories. As our friends at BobaFett.com pointed out, while Disney confirmed last February they were developing two spin-off movies, he did not actually mention any specific premises or characters – only that there indeed were films on the horizon, and they’d be written by Star Wars veterans Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg.
The aside that Boba Fett, Han Solo and Yoda were characters being tossed around were only rumors – not sourced, vetted or officially confirmed. The website NukeTheFridge.com reported the Boba Fett spin-off being confirmed by citing a story from Movieweb.com.
According to Movieweb, Disney CFO Jay Rasulo announced the spin-off films would be origin stories during an entertainment conference in Beverly Hills. However, with no direct quotes provided, I have skeptical whether the report from this even was a case of misunderstanding or taking what Rasulo said out of context.
BobaFett.com shared this Twitter post from official Star Wars writer Bryan Young: “People need to learn how to properly source, provide links, and learn the definition of ‘confirmed.’”
Lucasfilm and Disney have had ample opportunity to make announcements regarding upcoming films – ranging from San Diego Comic Con to Celebration Europe and more. An announcement of this weight would be made with greater fanfare and through wider channels than a convention in Beverly Hills to a select inner circle. Unless, Rasulo spoke out of turn. I find that unlikely for someone in his position and for such a major company.
This is a good lesson in critical thinking, especially when it comes to rumors. Development is still underway for not only Episode VII, but also for Star Wars Rebels. While a general story for the first season of Rebels has been outlined, Star Wars officials have said writing is still underway. The biggest red flag about the “confirmation” of the spin-offs, is that origin stories would directly conflict with the timeline being fleshed out in Rebels.
Disney is a smart company and would not write itself into a corner, one of the main reasons it will not comment on whether or not the Big Three will appear in Episode VII. Therefore, it’s highly unlikely they would commit the spin-offs to a timeline that is would create continuity dilemmas in the official canon.
In the latest issue of Geek Magazine, its writing team sat down with Steven Melching, writer of The Clone Wars, and Chris Gossett, Star Wars artist, to gain their insight into the popularity of Boba Fett. This Q&A was a sidebar to a larger feature, looking at the Saga’s standing in the fan community.
“After briefly being introduced in The Star Wars Holiday Special, bounty hunter Boba Fett made a more impressive entrance to the Star Wars mythos in The Empire Strikes Back, in which he instantly captivated the imaginations of fans everywhere. The character’s enduring popularity led to him being added into the original Star Wars in the 1997 Special Edition release and becoming a vital part of the prequels years later. So why has Boba Fett become such a fan favorite opposed to some of his brooding brethren, such as IG-88 and Bossk? We turned to our Star Wars experts to get their thoughts on Fett’s enduring Mandalorian appeal.” - Geek Magazine
Melching accredited Boba Fett’s popularity to the mystique the character carried prior to the release of Empire. He believes the promotional action figure also endeared fans to the character – many impressed by his armor, specifically the fact he was rumored to have taken down Wookiees – even wearing a braid of his Wookiee targets over his gear.
“I think a big reason why Fett became so popular was because we really didn’t know a whole lot about him. He was described as a Mandalorian Shock Trooper. Who the hell were they?” Melching said. “Did they fight in the Clone Wars? Could he be this ‘other’ that Yoda spoke of? All this anticipation made his ignominious demise in Return of the Jedi all the more crushing.”
Gossett chimed in, saying the prequels screwed up the character in his opinion. Making Boba Fett a clone was one of the major problems in the prequels, he said. Gossett believes one of the characteristics beloved about Fett was he was Han Solo without a soul – Boba Fett was what Solo might have become if he made different choices as a smuggler.
“Showing that contrast was one of the functions Boba Fett served, and he served it damn well. The fact that Lucas just dropped him into the Sarlacc Pit was a sign of poor choices to come,” Gossett said.
According to Melching, the main protagonist of Episode VI was supposed to be Boba Fett. The Sarlacc was a quick solution when George Lucas decided to squash Episode VII-IX into Return of the Jedi – which was supposed to feature Han Solo versus Boba Fett, with the Skywalker story only introduced at the end leading to the next trilogy.
“Fans still refuse to accept that he died in the Sarlacc Pit… He became a major player in the Clone Wars series, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he turns up in Episode VII or as a central character in one of the rumored ‘spin-off’ movies,” Melching said.
There’s been speculation whether or not the Star Wars spin-off films will be related to the series proper. If the latest plot rumors have a kernel of truth, as reported by SchmoesKnow.com, this very well may be.
According to the “leaked” information, the plot centering on Episode VII will involve the characters of Jaina and Jacen Solo – the twin children of Han Solo and Leia Organa. The New Jedi Order has been established, but tensions rise when Jacen turns to the Dark Side.
Fans of the Expanded Universe are familiar with this story, especially from the “Legacy of the Force” novels. Jaina was trained by Luke Skywalker and her brother, Jacen, becomes one of the most powerful Jedi in the universe, rivaling Luke, himself.
In the novels, Jacen is seduced to the Dark Side as a way to better the world. He becomes convinced he can learn this side of the Force without falling into the same trappings his grandfather, Anakin, had. In the novels, it becomes left to Jaina to stop her brother – and to do so, she seeks out Boba Fett to train her.
Jaina’s time spent on Mandalore, training with Fett, becoming comrades with Mirta Gev, Boba Fett’s granddaughter, and fighting beside Mandalorians, was a pivotal piece of her readying to take down her brother.
Therefore, if the plot of Episode VII is truly about the Solo twins – we’ll likely see a heavy amount of Mandalorians – even if this isn’t fleshed out until Episode VIII or IX.
I wouldn’t be shocked if Disney wants to include more Mandalorians in the sequel trilogy. The popularity of Death Watch and Mandalore-centered episodes in The Clone Wars has proven fans embrace Mandalorian factions as much as Jedi and Sith.
This also would open Boba Fett’s rumored spin-off, especially if Episode VIII is when they land Jaina on Mandalore.
They could set up the fall of Jacen in Episode VII, and then release the Boba Fett spin-off, which centers on Boba Fett’s survival from the Sarlacc, reunion with Mirta Gev and becoming Mandalore.
Then we have all the information we need to lead into Episode VIII – which shows Jaina arriving on Mandalore and her experiences with the people.
What are your thoughts?
Lucasfilm officials announced yesterday four of the men who’ve portrayed Boba Fett on-screen will attend Star Wars Celebration Europe this July in Messe Essen, Germany.
This will include Daniel Logan, Jeremy Bulloch, Dickey Beer and John Morton. The latter two performers worked as stunt men during the filming of Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
Rumors of a Boba Fett spin-off circulate the web, and actors like Jeremy Bulloch, Daniel Logan and Temuera Morrison have been making more public appearances and giving more interviews.
Could this be a slow build up to a major announcement about a Boba Fett project? If it were, is there any better place to unveil the project that during a reunion of the Fett family this summer in Germany?
We already know George Lucas initially planned to make an announcement about Episode VII at the last Celebration, but it was postponed due to continued negotiations with Disney.
Five months ago Entertainment Weekly included Logan, Bulloch and Beer in their double-sized reunion issue. Starwars.com reports the four performers will be giving autographs at Celebration, but the first hint at something larger is the mention they’ll also be on the Celebration Stage.
This begs the question - what will they be doing on stage? Will it be a panel? A tribute reel? Or perhaps, the announcement of a future project - whether that’s a spin-off film, news about Episode VII or a new television series.
Yahoo! UK & Ireland caught up with Jeremy Bulloch during his appearance at MCM Midlands Comic and Entertainment Expo earlier this month. The interview expanded on Bulloch’s previous statements that he’s more than willing to strap on the Mandalorian gear and reprise his role as Boba Fett.
Bulloch has been very vocal about Episode VII, ever since the announcement was made last year. He’s been quoted in multiple articles, but since rumors have begun about a Boba Fett film, reporters are chopping at the bit to get their exclusive interviews.
Bulloch has had his thumb on the pulse of fans for decades, so hopefully those at Lucasfilm are listening to his input – namely, don’t bastardize the Expanded Universe. There’s very little G-level canon regarding Boba Fett. The character was introduced with great bravo around the time of Empire Strikes Back, but fans unanimously agree, the character was shafted in his treatment in Return of the Jedi.
George Lucas made up for this a little in the prequels, giving Boba Fett an engaging origin story in Attack of the Clones. Still, the story shed more light on the clones and Jango Fett than Boba. While the Clone Wars has given fans further adventures of the young Boba Fett – the majority of his story has existed in comics and books.
For thirty-some years we’ve had to rely on novels and comics to turn to Star Wars literature to get a taste of the bounty hunter. Much of what we most appreciate, love about Boba Fett comes from the Expanded Universe.
If Lucasfilm and Disney completely discard these stories and adventures, there’s a strong potential of fan backlash – if stories like Twin Engines of Destruction or the Bounty Hunter Wars are said to never have happened.
Fans are more prone to accept a compromise of two alternative timelines, which can only happen if the present Expanded Universe is continued and not retconned to fit with the film universe.
We don’t need to see an exact adaptation of the Expanded Universe, but it should at least be respected when making these films. After all, those are the stories that kept fandom alive and made these new movies possible.
Most importantly, Disney needs to redeem Boba Fett in the new films. No more defeats by blind smugglers like we saw in Return of the Jedi, or swapped in place of a slave bride as in his last appearance in Clone Wars.
The good news is Lawrence Kasdan is rumored to be the one scribing a Boba Fett film. Kasdan penned Empire Strikes Back, which was the closest film to flesh out Boba Fett in the badass fashion we’ve seen him portrayed in the Expanded Universe. Therefore, I have faith he is the man that can resurrect the character that for thirty years has had casual fans believing Boba Fett is still in the belly of the Sarlacc.
Kasdan can put the rumors to rest, Boba Fett is alive and well.