There is a very strange rumour doing the rounds that Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station and Creed) could be up for the part of Boba Fett in the third A Star Wars Story spin of movie...
The story started when Jeff Sneider was talking to director F. Gary Gray on his podcast Meet The Movie Press. Gray was discussing potential projects and the subject of Lucasfilm's previously entitled Anthology series came up. Gray said that he had heard that Josh Trank's entry into the film series would feature an African American Boba Fett. Now, Trank has long since left the project (and his career is on the rocks at this point in time) so things may have changed, but one name has been attached to the rumour and that is "Creed" star Michael B. Jordan.
The fact that Jordan is being talked about in reference to the role could simply be the actors long history with Josh Trank, the two worked together on both of Tranks movies, and its easy to see Trank wanting his friend to join him on his Star Wars adventure. Write this off as an unsubstantiated rumour for now, but lets look at where this idea may have come from.
Credit where credit is due, the idea of ret-conning Boba Fett first came from Star Wars artist, and podcaster Paul Bateman. Paul was on Rebel Force Radio talking about the prospect of altering Boba Fett and restoring the characters mystique, something that was undermined in the prequel trilogy. Paul suggests that "Boba Fett" could become a mantle, whereby a challenger could kill the prequel era Boba Fett and assume his identity and become the Boba feet we know from the original trilogy. Now, that is somewhat problematic when you consider the special editions now include Tem Morrison's (Jango Fett in Clones) voice for Fett, but that might be changed in later releases of the original trilogy.
This idea has captured my imagination and where I originally thought pursuing Boba Fett in one of these movie was a bad idea, now I quite like it. I had written an article for Movie Geeks Film News ( called Hollywood Pitch which you can find in the archive here) where I pitched an idea for a Boba Fett movie and I think Michael B. Jordan under that helmet could be fascinating.
Whatever happens any news on Boba Fett A Star Wars Story is a long way off, with plenty of Star Wars to be had in the meantime. Watch this space for more as I will be posting anything and everything relating to the new films right here.
What do you think of a potential ret-con for Boba Fett? Would you like to see michael B. Jordan slip on that armour? Should these legacy characters be left well enough alone att his point? Place your thoughts in the comments below.
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