MOVIE NEWS – Co-screenwriter Jonathan Kasdan has spoken about how he wanted to use Boba Fett in the Solo movie but was told the character was “taboo”.
Solo: A Star Wars Story didn’t go down well with audiences or critics – would the appearance of Boba Fett have helped the much-criticised Star Wars prequel? Apparently, it could have been an option if the writers had been allowed to use the character, but Jonathan Kasdan, the co-writer of the 2018 film, says the character was “taboo” for them.
Even though Boba Fett’s own spin-off series, The Book of Boba Fett, is coming soon, it’s clear that the fan favourite could have returned to the franchise much sooner.
As you may recall, Solo: A Star Wars Story – lo and behold – takes viewers back to Han Solo’s earlier years, before he acquired the Millennium Falcon and became best friends with a certain Wookie. It shows a young and idealistic Solo before becoming the dour character seen in the original Star Wars trilogy.
What is conspicuously absent from the prequel is any mention of the relationship between Solo and the bounty hunter Boba Fett and the rivalry between the two.
However, it was also apparent that minimal mention was made of any of the named bounty hunters from Star Wars canon, even though their inclusion would certainly have fleshed out the story a little more and perhaps distracted from other, less punchy, details of the script.
Now, in an interview with the New York Times, Kasdan may have offered some insight into why some of the issues were not addressed. Despite wanting to include Fett in the story, Kasdan said:
“Boba was always off limits because he was in development elsewhere.”
It’s now been revealed that the development in question may have been the series The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, with the first season of The Mandalorian debuting on Disney+ in 2019; Fett was also mentioned in the fifth episode of the premiere season. And by the time Boba Fett made his full debut in Season 2, there was clearly a grand plan for the character that had been in the works for a long time.
In The Book of Boba Fett, fans will get to see many pieces of Fett’s backstory, such as how he survived his apparent death in Return of the Jedi and how he attempts to take control of the criminal underworld after the death of Jabba the Hutt.
In the end, if given a straight choice between Fett being part of Solo: A Star Wars Story or getting his own spin-off series, fans would probably have gone for the latter option.
The Book of Boba Fett debuts on Disney+ on December 29.
Source: New York Times