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Star Wars Spin-off Rumor: Boba Fett Challenging to adapt into a protagonist.

We have a very minor rumor to share about Boba Fett from the Executive Breakfast that took place in Florida today at Disneyworld. While there still are things we haven’t been able to confirm from the breakfast, we did hear some chatter about what was discussed openly during the most important meal of the day.

This rumor was relayed by staff to other staff. So take it as you will. I have received a lot of direct messages requesting I share what we heard from the event. So I’m doing just that. I’m an enthusiastic Star Wars fan and I thought the info was fun to hear, just not highly notable. So I’m sharing it because I think if I enjoyed hearing it, you might too. I don’t expect this information to be perceived as groundbreaking news.

From what we have heard about the event, there was a lot of discussion about Boba Fett at the breakfast. The executives are apparently enthusiastic about the rocket man. There are some minor problems going forward with a film about a villain, however. The general problem with Boba Fett is how to use him effectively without ruining his evil essence to make him the protagonist of a Star Wars Spin-off film. The executive was overheard (paraphrased) as saying

Lucasfilm wants Boba Fett to remain menacing and scary but we have to make him the hero of the film and it is a real challenge.

Lucasfilm is adapting the Marvel model for most of what they are doing but there isn’t a clear cut precedence for a Boba film to follow. So far, Marvel hasn’t been able to figure out how to make a villain into a hero while keeping the villain dangerous and evil outside of Loki’s antics through various Marvel films.

I don’t know, I think people would like a Loki film and a film where Boba Fett isn’t chipper and good. But I do see the problem with making bad guys into heroes who we are empathetic with. I would say that was a problem some fans had with Anakin Skywalker in the prequel trilogy. Pulling off an anti-hero can be a difficult yet wonderful thing when executed correctly. The thing I would like to add is that it seems to indicate the film might not take Boba’s character arc from The Clone Wars into account too much. By that, I suspect the film won’t be a coming of age story where we see Boba becoming the bounty hunter young Boba would become, but that rather, perhaps in the film he’s already the bounty hunter we saw in The Empire Strikes Back and the choice to go that way is what is proving to be a challenge.

That’s the gist of what we heard from the breakfast on the topic of spin-off films and Boba Fett.


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