Normally, Lucasfilm and Disney keep a tight grip on spoilers for Star Wars projects. While leaks do happen, big secrets are usually kept on lockdown. However, the secrets for the next season of The Mandalorian are slipping through like they are being kept in a sieve. Reports surfaced recently that Justified’s Timothy Olyphant will appear in the second season of the Star Wars streaming series. A new report suggests that, at some point, Timothy Olyphant will wear the Boba Fett Armor during The Mandlorian season 2.
Last week, the internet shuddered when The Hollywood Reporter broke the story that actor Temuera Morrison will appear in the series. Naturally, he’s thought to be playing Boba Fett, a character another report said will play a significant role in season 3. However, this latest report from Peter Sciretta says that Olyphant filmed scenes wearing the iconic outfit. His source or sources likely witnessed filming and spied Olyphant in the armor.
As with any Star Wars rumor, it’s best to take this with a grain of salt. Yet, there is an explanation in the new canon for why someone else would wear that armor.
If Timothy Olyphant Wears the Armor In The Mandalorian Season 2 Is He Playing Boba Fett?
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In the old Star Wars Expanded Universe, an entire series of Boba Fett stories took place after Return of the Jedi. He was just too cool of a character for writers not named George Lucas to leave in the Pit of Carkoon. Yet, when Disney purchased the franchise in 2014, those stories were relegated to “Legends.” Still, it was clear that Boba Fett had a future. There were rumors that Boba Fett would get a standalone movie, and director Josh Trank was attached to the project. Obviously, after Solo: A Star Wars Story those plans changed. The Obi-Wan film became a Disney+ series. And Boba Fett was left to fester in that pit, except maybe not.
In Chuck Wendig’s delightful Aftermath novel (one of a trilogy set in the “aftermath” of The Return of the Jedi), we got interludes, separate from the main narrative. Some of these interludes followed the story of a former Tattooine slave named Cobb Vanth. He became a kind of sheriff in the wake of the absence of Jabba the Hutt. And in one of those interludes, he purchased a set of Mandalorian armor, pockmarked as if from acid (or strong digestive enzymes in the sarlacc). It was never confirmed that this was Boba Fett’s armor nor do we know if the bounty hunter escaped the pit or Jawas just salvaged the armor as they are wont to do.
So, as the report from Slashfilm.com speculates, Cobb Vanth could be the character we saw in the first season.
Who Wore The Armor In ‘The Gunslinger’ Episode?
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At the end of the fifth episode of The Mandalorian, a mysterious figure approaches the body of Fennic Shand, played by Ming-Na Wen. A subtle beeping and the sound of spurs strongly suggested we were seeing Boba Fett. Yet, perhaps it was just his armor. Fans assumed that Boba Fett perhaps had been on the trail of the former Imperial assassin and cheated out of his bounty. Yet, if Timothy Olyphant dons the Boba Fett armor in The Mandalorian season 2, it could have been that character. If Cobb Vanth is the “law” of sorts, he’d be interested in a random body left unceremoniously in the desert. Or, perhaps Shand was his ally, as Vanth is very supportive of the idea of second chances, per the books.
Either way, if the reports are true that Morrison will play a larger role in season 3, this spells trouble for Olyphant’s character. It means that Boba Fett and his armor will likely be reunited, probably over Vanth’s dead body.
Again, there’s no real confirmation that this is true, but it does make a kind of sense. Dave Filoni, who co-runs the show with Jon Favreau, loves playing with characters from other parts of the canon.
What do you think? Do you believe that Timothy Olyphant wore the Boba Fett armor in The Mandalorian season 2? Or do you think everyone is just leak crazy at the moment and speculation is being passed around as fact? Tell us your thoughts (and theories!) in the comments below.
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