Kathleen Kennedy Shoots Down James Mangold, Josh Trank ‘Star Wars’ Reports

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Since 2018, rumors have swirled that directors James Mangold (Logan) and Josh Trank (Fantastic Four, Chronicle) were involved in either one or two movies centered around iconic Star Wars bounty hunter Boba Fett.

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Now, with the upcoming release of The Book of Boba Fett set for December 29, 2021, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has shot down these reports, sharing that Trank’s project never got off the ground and Mangold was never involved in many Star Wars universe projects involving Fett, at least to date:

“There really was virtually no previous development. We never got very far with Josh [Trank], quite frankly, because we never developed anything specific with him. And Jim Mangold never worked on a Boba Fett story.”

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Fett — who first appeared in the existing Star Wars canon in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and subsequently ended up in the Sarlaac pit in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) — made his triumphant return to the franchise in Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni’s The Mandalorian Season 2.

Now played by Temuera Morrison (Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Moana), Fett is shaping up to be a major player in the Star Wars story moving forward.

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When we last saw Fett in The Mandalorian Season 2 finale episode (“Chapter 16: The Rescue”), he was allowing Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and his motley band of companions — Cara Dune (Gina Carano)Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen)Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), and Nite Owl warrior Koska Reeves (Sasha Banks) — to use his starship to rescue Grogu (AKA “Baby Yoda”) from Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) and his Dark Trooper squad.

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Ultimately, of course, Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker (CGI Mark Hamill) swooped in with his X-wing to save the day, and Fett and Shand made their exit — only to reappear in a shocking post credits scene that confirmed The Book of Boba Fett.

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True to form, Favreau, Filoni, and showrunner Robert Rodriguez has been tight-lipped about the series, though Rodriguez has promised on multiple occasions that it will “overdeliver”.

When we rejoin Fett on Tatooine — as the new tenant of Jabba the Hutt’s former palace and the newest player in the Star Wars galaxy’s criminal underworld — fans are expecting cameos from a number of popular Star Wars characters, such as Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ra and Crimson Dawn, Pascal’s Djarin, Timothy Olyphant’s Marshal Cobb Vanth, and, of course, a young Han Solo — CGI, of course.

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Rodriguez and Favreau have yet to confirm any details regarding special appearances by Star Wars fan-favorites, however.

Would you like to see Josh Trank or James Mangold take on the Star Wars galaxy in the future?

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