Well, we don’t know who will be directing it, but we now know who the second Star Wars: Anthology film will feature – fan favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett.
The Wrap is reporting that the film, set for a 2018 release, will be an “origin story,” Presumably, this places the story somewhere between Boba Fett’s childhood as seen in Star Wars: Episode 2 – Attack Of The Clones and his adult appearances in the Original Trilogy. That still is a wide swath of time into which the story could fit, and indeed, it may take place over a long time period. The news does confirm the long-standing rumor that one of the standalone films announced back in 2013 when George Lucas sold Lucasfilm and Star Wars to Disney would feature the character Fett.
The first Star Wars: Anthology film, Rogue One is set for a December 2016 release and will feature the story of a group of Rebel commandos on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star. It will star Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn and Riz Ahmed.
Part of the appeal of Boba Fett has always been the mysterious aura the character had when he first appeared in The Empire Strikes Back. And I think that much of that was undercut in the Prequel Trilogy when we learn that Boba is actually a clone of his father Jango Fett, a warrior who was serving as the template for the clone troopers being grown for the Republic. (The debate over whether Boba Fett’s demise in Return Of The Jedi being played for laughs also undercuts the character we can have at another time.) While it is not implicitly spelled out, I think the character’s journey between where we see him at the end of Attack Of The Clones and his reappearance in Empire can be easily implied. I don’t think it really needs to be spelled out. Patton Oswald hit the nail on the head with a comedy piece (see below) about the Prequels and their incessant need to fill in every bit of background in the Star Wars universe. Now I am not saying that I wouldn’t mind seeing a movie in which Boba Fett is running around being all badass and such, I just don’t think it needs to be something that connects dots we’ve already managed to connect ourselves.
Simon Kinberg is writing and producing the as still yet untitled film. Josh Trank had been set to direct the film, but it was announced last week that was no longer the case. It remains unclear if he jumped or was pushed off the project.