Boba is Back!
If you waited through the ending credits of the season 2 finale of The Mandalorian, you might have noticed a fun little scene that announced that The Book of Boba Fett is coming to Disney+ right around Christmas of 2021.
I have to admit that, and it appears that I wasn’t alone, I wondered if Boba Fett’s story would be taking over for Din Djarin in season 3 of The Mandalorian. Thankfully, I was wrong. As it turns out, according to StarWars.com, The Book of Boba Fett will be its own series.
That’s twice the Mandalorian goodness from Lucasfilm and we only have to wait a year!
As you probably know, the part of Boba is being portrayed by New Zealand actor Temuera Morrison who played the role of Jango Fett, (Boba’s clone Dad) in the prequel films.
I first saw Temuera in the mid 90’s while taking a film class in college. He was cast in a New Zealand produced film called We Were Warriors in which he played a violently abusive husband known simply as “The Muss.” He did a convincing and very memorable job in the part, so, when he showed up in Attack of the Clones a few years later, I was already primed to know that his particular Mandalorian clad bounty hunter was no one to be messed with. Maybe that’s just me projecting one character onto another, but his performance in We Were Warriors left an impression on me.
Tamuera was born on the 26th of December 1960, on the North Island of New Zealand. He began his acting career in 1973’s Rangi’s Catch but didn’t really gain any attention until his role as The Muss in We Were Warriors.
Since then, he has had parts in such films as 1997’s Speed 2: Cruise Control and The Beautiful Country from 2004, but it was his portrayal of Jango Fett in Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones (2002) for which we know him best.
In this film, Temuera played the bounty hunter Jango Fett, who was known to wear Mandalorian armor even though his association with the creed, at the time, was somewhat in question. When not engaged in his primary profession, Jango spent his time among the cloners of Kamino lending his genetic material to the grand army of the republic for a considerable sum of credits and a cloned “son” that he had named Boba. Because of his character’s time among the cloners, Temuera was not only able to portray Jango, but also voiced all of the clones who spoke in Attack of the Clones and in the following one, 2005’s Star Wars Episode 3: The Revenge of the Sith. He went on to replace all of Boba Fett’s lines for the re-release of Star Wars Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), originally voiced by American actor Jason Wingreen.
Throughout the years since Attack of the Clones, Temuera has been called upon to provide the voices for Jango Fett, Boba Fett, and for various clones in numerous video games including Star Wars: Bounty Hunter (2002), Lego Star Wars (2005), and several of the Battlefront Games. You could say that he knows these characters very well.
So when he was able to kit up in his mandalorian armor once again for The Mandalorian, he said in a StarWars.com interview, “There were moments when I put the armor on and I was looking at [executive producers] Dave [Filoni] and Jon [Favreau], and the expression on their faces just said it all,” he told StarWars.com, “It felt good. It felt right. It felt like, ‘Yes, I should be wearing this costume.’ And it gave me this sense of, ‘I’m back.’” (Full article available: Here)
Being members of a club that is, pretty much, based on Boba Fett, I think that we can all agree that we’re mighty happy that he’s back as well.
Temuera Morrison was admitted into the MMCC as an Honorary Member on September 2, 2011.