Disney has officially announced The Book Of Boba Fett, a new Star Wars limited series Star Wars show that will premier on the Disney+ streaming service next December.
Spoilers for the season finale of The Mandalorian follow.)
Disney and Lucasfilm first teased the title on Friday in a post-credits scene to the season finale of The Mandalorian which saw bounty hunter Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) return to the desert planet of Tattoine and assume control of the criminal empire we saw that had been ruled by the feared Jabba the Hutt way back in Return Of The Jedi. The short scene concluded with the text “The Book Of Boba Fett – Coming Christmas 2021.”
Previously, during the Disney Investors Call earlier this month, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy stated that The Mandalorian would be returning in that December time-frame. This led to speculation that perhaps the third season of the series would bear the subtitle “The Book Of Boba Fett,” even as plot threads left dangling at the end of this season of The Mandalorian suggested stories that would head to different worlds.
The confusion among fandom as to what was exactly was meant was also exacerbated by the studio presumably holding back an official announcement until most fans could catch up with the episode over the weekend.
Here is the official announcement from StarWars.com.
Boba Fett is back. And his story is just beginning.
As teased in a surprise end-credit sequence following the season finale of The Mandalorian, the legendary bounty hunter’s journey will continue in The Book of Boba Fett. Jon Favreau, executive producer of The Mandalorian, confirmed today on Good Morning America that the new series is currently in production and will arrive December 2021, only on Disney+.
The Book of Boba Fett will be set within the timeline of The Mandalorian and star Temuera Morrison as the titular bounty hunter, along with Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand. Robert Rodriguez — who directed Chapter 14 of The Mandalorian, a thrilling installment that reintroduced Boba Fett to the Star Wars galaxy — joins Favreau and Dave Filoni as executive producer.
Boba Fett made his big-screen debut in 1980’s Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, becoming an instant fan favorite thanks to his visually arresting armor and cool demeanor. Jeremy Bulloch, the original actor inside the armor, passed away last week — but his legacy, including all he brought to Boba Fett, goes on. The Book of Boba Fett will carry that legacy forward.
Season 3 of The Mandalorian will go into production next year.