The Book Of Boba Fett Trailer Sets Up The Bounty Hunter As A Godfather-like Mob Boss
Cancel all your 2021 New Years’ plans because The Book Of Boba Fett trailer is here and it’s gonna herald in the new year! Releasing December 29, the original Star Wars series that spins off of The Mandalorian promised to showcase the aftermath of the return of Boba Fett. Titled The Book Of Boba Fett, the trailer gives us a lot more detail as to exactly how that’s going to look. And it looks all kinds of awesome!
I mean, I’m not biased, because I’m not the audience that grew up revering the bounty hunter first seen in the original Star Wars trilogy. So I don’t have any sort of inflated sense of importance for the character. But his reemergence in The Mandalorian season 2, in an epic action scene that, arguably, is unparalleled in the Star Wars universe, made me fall in love! Well, ok. I guess there is some biased preference for this character on my part.
The Trailer Of The Book Of Boba Fett Is Unlike What We Expected
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The high crescendo with which The Mandalorian season 2 ended, teased a larger-than-life spin-off series in The Book Of Boba Fett. But the trailer for the show seems to promise a more nuanced and subtle show in its themes and tones. The post-credit sequence showed Boba (Temuera Morrison) taking over Jabba The Hutt’s castle, and in many ways, symbolically taking over his former criminal empire. Of which, he was a freelance contractor. With Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen, like Dave Filoni from Pittsburgh, PA) by his side, things were about to go down! And now we know that those things are high stakes conference table meetings where open threats are met with… unbridled respect!
My sarcastic tone notwithstanding, I’m actually glad that this new series might focus on a more nuanced look at the criminal underworld, instead of shadows and shooting. It looks like Boba has a clear goal in mind about how he wants to run this new empire. One where he will rule with respect, and not fear, as he says in the trailer. Which is interesting, as it also makes it seem like the writers are turning him from a ruthless mercenary to an anti-hero with a moral code? Which is, an interesting shift in his depiction. But one that definitely suits the story that’s continuing from The Mandalorian. Not to mention the massive Bacta Tank glow-up where he’s all healed from his previous facial scarring. Which, I guess I would also focus on if I was readying to take over an evil empire.
Is Boba Fett the Godfather of Star Wars?
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My biggest takeaway from this trailer of The Book Of Boba Fett is how much it feels like a gangster movie. The way that Boba is carrying himself, like a Denzel in American Gangster—cold, calm, and commanding— is absolutely also giving me Godfather vibes. Especially when you add in that the loyal Fennec Shand seems to be by his side, threatening people, while he has to call her off, while still maintaining the upper hand.
It’s a new corner of the Star Wars universe that I’m excited to visit. Getting to see the behind-the-scenes dealings of the criminal element is something that has always been like a superficial element of all the Star Wars media. Not counting the new High Republic series, and the entire franchise being about Darth Vader, we haven’t really explored the grounded, street-level villainy of Star Wars. And seeing that it’s not going to be overly grandiose and exaggerated depictions of villains doing villainous things, excites me even further. The real question now, is if we’re going to get the first-ever live-action Cad Bane in this series?
We’ll find out when The Book Of Boba Fett releases on Disney Plus on December 29.
Are you looking forward to how this new Star Wars series will play out? Let me know in the comments below.
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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.