What should we expect from James Mangold’s Boba Fett standalone?
After Solo: A Star Wars Story, I’m far less inclined to complain about the need for Star Wars spin-offs. That said, I’m still not all that excited about a Boba Fett standalone.
Boba Fett has been one of those characters, like Darth Maul, where less is more. Sure director/writer James Mangold (Logan) can probably find some interesting angles to approach, but a entire movie devoted to a character who had about 20 lines in three films? That seems challenging.
Maybe Mangold could stick to the minimalist approach with Fett’s onscreen appearance and center the film around another character? One who has the misfortune of being Fett’s next mark? I’m also curious if Mangold is going to be tasked with trying to throw in some forced nobility to a character who was perfectly fine with shooting Luke Skywalker in the back in Return of the Jedi.
Or maybe Mangold takes the Logan approach and makes Boba Fett tired and weary of running jobs for Jabba the Hutt and is ready to get out of the bounty hunter game. He’s found a nice woman to settle down with and is ready to leave when he gets called for one last mission to capture Han Solo.
Taking more cues from Logan, maybe Fett is going around the galaxy taking out the remaining clones of his father who didn’t go on to become Stormtroopers.
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Of course, Boba Fett isn’t the only bounty hunter in town in the Star Wars universe. Maybe the Boba Fett standalone is used to dive deeper to all of the mercenaries Darth Vader meets with in Empire Strikes Back. There’s nothing to suggest this is Vader’s time calling them in for an assignment and this time the film looks at the chase from everyone’s perspective.
Finally, there’s no reason Alden Ehrenreich and Joonas Suotamo can’t show up to have Han Solo and Chewbacca square off with Boba Fett for the first time?
There’s some interesting possibilities and directions Mangold could take with the sequel. What are you hoping to see in the Boba Fett standalone?