Speaking in Empire’s December issue, on sale on November 25th, Jon Favreau talks Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett and the power vacuum left by Jabba the Hutt.
As we saw in the post-credits sting of The Mandalorian Season 2, none other than Bib Fortuna had ascended to that throne – before being swiftly dispatched by Boba Fett, with the help of Fennec Shand. Now, in The Book Of Boba Fett, a new era of galactic crime is about to begin.
Picking up where that teaser left off, the series – from The Mandalorian creators Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, and director Robert Rodriguez – will depict the bounty hunter’s foray into crime-boss territory. “There is a power vacuum,” explains Favreau, “because Jabba is gone. Jabba was clearly a very strong and imposing leader, who people were very scared of, and who seemed to rule with an iron fist. You pull somebody like that out of the ecosystem of Tatooine – and Hutt Space in general – and you have the opportunity that’s ripe in the gangster genre.”
Since the dearly departed Fortuna was no Jabba, Boba Fett isn’t exactly inheriting the tightest ship (or, sail barge) – and will have his work cut out trying to carve out some kind of honour among thieves. “Although Boba Fett is a very experienced bounty hunter, he’s not experienced at running a criminal syndicate or managing forces,” Favreau says. “He’s not normally a newcomer. He’s an expert as we see him in most areas. But in this case, he’s trying to transition to another position.” And since the trailer depicts Fett crunching skulls (shortly after declaring his intention to “rule with respect”), we can expect his actions to do a lot of the talking.
“We’ll see a lot more of his true character in this season,” promises Rodriguez, seen swinging some heavy weaponry above in a behind-the-scenes snap. “And you’ll definitely see him have to turn ‘barbarian mode’.” Boba is well and truly back.
Read Empire’s full The Book Of Boba Fett feature — speaking to Favreau, Rodriguez, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen, with world-exclusive new pictures in the December issue, on sale Thursday November 25th. Pre-order a copy of Empire online now, and view the two covers featuring Boba Fett here and without words here.
Star Wars: The Book Of Boba Fett streams exclusively on Disney+ from December 29th.
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