The Mandalorian casting news just keeps coming. First, we hear that Rosario Dawson may be bringing the character of Ahsoka Tano to live-action for the first time. Now, Temuera Morrison has been cast for season 2 of The Mandalorian, and everyone seems to think he’s playing Boba Fett. However, of all the Star Wars film actors, Morrison is one of the few who has any number of characters he could play.
As prequel trilogy fans know, Morrison originally appeared as Jango Fett, the bounty hunter on whom the entire Clone Army was based. Boba Fett, the cool-looking bounty hunter who died like a straight punk in Return of the Jedi is his “unaltered” clone. Yet, this also means that every Clone Trooper in live action, from Commander Cody to Rex from The Clone Wars would look like Jango. So, while Boba Fett is the safe bet for Temuera Morrison to play in season 2 of The Mandalorian, that character is not the only option.
Wait, Didn’t Boba Fett Die Hilariously In Return of the Jedi?
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Boba Fett is an iconic Star Wars character, part of a long line of cool villains who die pathetically and with little fanfare. Yet, as Darth Maul can tell you, sometimes there is a second life. For years, fans felt disappointed that the impossibly cool bounty hunter in Mandalorian armor died as part of a gag. (The sarlacc burped when it ate him.) However, in the non-canon Legends expanded universe stories, Boba Fett clawed his way out of the Pit of Karkoon to badass another day.
In the new canon, the fate of Boba Fett is still unknown. Well his fate beyond getting swallowed by a stationary pit monster after a blind Han Solo busted up his rocket pack. In Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy, one of his interludes deals with Cobb Vanth, a resident of Tattooine. After the death of Jabba the Hutt, he becomes something of a sheriff. He also wears a full set of Mandalorian armor “pitted and pocked, as if with some kind of acid.” The clear implication is that it’s Boba Fett’s armor post-sarlacc. Yet, does this mean that the beast spit out the undigestable beskar? Or, as he did in Legends, did Boba Fett claw his way out to freedom?
However, in the final moments of the episode “The Gunslinger,” a character who sounded and looked (from the knees down) a lot like Boba Fett showed up on Tattooine. So, his return has been teased if not outright foreshadowed.
So, Is Temuera Morrison Playing Boba Fett In The Mandalorian Season 2?
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Naturally, casting news like this is something Lucasfilm would want to keep quiet until the episode airs. News of the casting came from The Hollywood Reporter, and their sources tell them “Morrison will play Boba Fett.” Morrison, recently seen as Aquaman’s father in James Wan’s hit film, is nearly 60 years old. If The Mandalorian takes place five years after Return of the Jedi, this puts Boba Fett in his early-to-mid-forties. However, because the clones have accelerated aging, they’d appear to be about 20 years old than they actually are. And, of course, he could always end up playing both Boba Fett and a surviving clone trooper.
In fact, as cool as it would be to see Boba Fett again, I’m hoping for a clone character. Imagine him seeing Baby Yoda, recognizing him as a Force user, and the old Order 66 programming kicks in. Of course, our Mando probably would have problems with Boba and Jango Fett, especially since they didn’t follow “the way.” Jango removed his helmet all the time. He helped the Separatists (who the Mandalorians who rescued Din Jarryn fought). Boba also routinely worked for the Empire, who slaughtered the Mandalorians as well. So, there is plenty of story and conflict to mine for the show. Even if, after all this time, Boba Fett is just a simple man trying to make his way through the universe.
What do you think? Is Temuera Morrison playing Boba Fett in The Mandalorian season 2 or a clone or both? Share your favorite theories in the comments below.
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