Now that Solo: A Star Wars Story is hitting theaters, Disney just announced that another fan-favorite character is also getting the spin-off treatment. Boba Fett, who famously tracked down Han Solo back in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back, is next in line for a solo Star Wars movie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the galaxy’s most notorious bounty hunter will be getting his own film. James Mangold, who elevated the superhero genre with 2017’s Logan, is attached as the director.
There had been rumors circulating that X-Men producer Simon Kinberg was working on a Fett spin-off of his own. Though these could both be referring to the same project, as Mangold and Kinberg have a history of working together. Given Fett’s history with Solo, this does seem like the perfect opportunity for some franchise synergy.
The character, who was played by Jeremy Bulloch in the classic trilogy, was first introduced in animated form in 1978’s universally-panned Star Wars Holiday Special. Two years later, he was re-introduced in Empire, and subsequently killed off in the first act of its follow-up, 1983’s Return Of The Jedi. He was later retconned into A New Hope back in 1997, thanks to George Lucas’ Special Edition re-releases — which in retrospect were a terrible harbinger for the prequel trilogy that followed a couple years later.
Despite relatively little screentime, the character became a huge fan favorite, whose adventures were chronicled in novels, comic books, and animated series. His character was given an origin story back in 2002’s Attack Of The Clones, which is mostly notable because somehow seeing one of the most feared characters in the Star Wars lexicon as a small child managed to not be the worst thing about that movie. Having just typed that sentence, I realize that the same could be said about 1999’s The Phantom Menace.
Anyway, this is all technically still in the rumor phase, but The Hollywood Reporter has a tendency to be right about these sorts of things. With Solo set to dominate the box-office this weekend, Disney is likely to move forward on a number of spin-offs featuring fan-favorite characters. As of this writing, there’s no official word on whether Jar Jar Binks is in the running or not. But I think we all know, deep down, that he is.