Star Wars: James Mangold set to write and direct Boba Fett spinoff

Kelvin Reese
May 27, 2018

The news comes days before Solo: A Star Wars Story, a standalone film documenting the rise of the Star Wars universe's beloved smuggler, is primed to arrive in theaters.

Previously, there were reports that the next Star Wars spin-off would focus on Obi-Wan Kenobi.

The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Logan director James Mangold will write and direct a standalone Boba Fett movie for Lucasfilm.

As the outlet notes, a rumored Boba Fett movie from "X-Men" helmer Simon Kinberg was reportedly in the works, and it's unclear if this newly-revealed project from Mangold is different.

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He first appeared in 1978's animated Star Wars Holiday Special but never went on to be thoroughly developed as a character.

Directed by Ron Howard and written by Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Paul Bettany and Ian Kenny.

A background character who seemingly died in the following film, Return Of The Jedi, Boba Fett nonetheless quickly became one of the franchise's most popular creations. Kinberg and Mangold are close, having worked on Logan, the X-Men spinoff that earned high praise a year ago. Kinberg, who was a producer on "Logan", will also be a producer of the Boba Fett film.

The fan-favorite bounty hunter rose to prominence following his debut in The Empire Strikes Back. There, Han Solo was frozen in carbonite for Boba Fett to deliver to Jabba the Hutt. Attack of the Clones laid a little more groundwork for Boba Fett's identity, introducing him as an unaltered clone of the bounty hunter Jango Fett that Jango raised as his own son, leaving the young Boba alone as he solemnly took up his slain father's helmet on the sands of Geonosis. We know it's happening and we know James Mangold's gonna be the one to give it to us, and that's about it.

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