Temuera Morrison brought Boba Fett back to life — in more ways than one — in The Mandalorian Season 2, Episode 6 (Chapter 14: The Tragedy).
Fans couldn’t believe Morrison’s performance — after 40 years, they finally felt they had the Boba Fett they deserved, not to mention the Boba Fett the Star Wars franchise deserved.
The fan-favorite bounty hunter first appeared in canon in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) when he was trying to throw Han Solo (Harrison Ford) into a Sarlacc pit for Jabba the Hutt. Chaos ensues, as it tends to when Solo is involved — just ask Princess Leia — and Fett ends-up getting thrown into the pit instead.
In a recent interview with The New York Times, Morrison acknowledged that he is unsure how Fett survived the Sarlacc’s wrath, saying:
Ah, no, I don’t [know how he survived]. There’s quite a bit of loose ends, and I’m not one of those guys that knows too much about the actual history. The fans of “Star Wars,” they have better knowledge of, What’s happened? How can he still be alive? I thought he was stuck in this place? I can find out more on the internet.
The primary theory that exists in the Star Wars fandom is that the creature was unable to chew through Fett’s Mandalorian beskar armor and, ultimately, he emerged (relatively) unscathed from the unfortunate situation — just in time, it would seem, to save Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) from certain death and help Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) save Grogu from the hands of Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) and the Imperial remnant.
Despite his confusion about Fett’s survival, Morrison — who played Grand Army of the Republic clone sample, Jango Fett, in the Star Wars prequel trilogy — was incredibly excited to return to Star Wars. In fact, he told the New York Times that he waited for years to hear from someone involved in casting:
There was a lot of stuff online about a possible “Star Wars” bounty-hunter film, and then I was watching all the new “Star Wars” movies coming out, wondering if they were ever going to do anything with Jango Fett. My agent and I had a number of discussions — when are they going to call me?
Morrison also said he “felt so grateful that after all this time, something came to be.”
Although the rumored Boba Fett spinoff series wasn’t officially announced during Lucasfilm’s portion of The Walt Disney Company’s Investors’ Day event last week, even Morrison is still holding out hope that he will get to be involved in future projects featuring the bounty hunter:
I wanted to bring everything I had to that [episode] and give them a glimmer of what I can offer. There’s room for this to go someplace. I hope I’m going to be included.
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