When Peyton Reed’s The Mandalorian Season 2 finale episode (“Chapter 16: The Rescue”) aired, Star Wars fans were left with a lot to process.
In addition to the fact that Grogu and his father figure, bounty hunter Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), were split up for the first time since we met them in 2019, Mandalorian viewers had to process the fact that Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker (CGI Mark Hamill) returned to the Star Wars story during the original trilogy era about five years after Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) — and he doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon since he became Grogu’s new Jedi Master.
There have been numerous rumors that “Baby Yoda” and Skywalker will receive their own standalone series, though this remains unconfirmed by Lucasfilm executives. And, now, a new report indicates that we may see Djarin’s foundling again even sooner — in The Book of Boba Fett, which is set to debut on Disney+ on December 29, 2021.
The series was announced during The Mandalorian Season 2 finale episode post credits scene and will star Temuera Morrison (Boba Fett) and Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen).
Per the aforementioned article, Grogu is also set to show up in the “next chapter” of The Mandalorian saga, which will be set on Tatooine during the same timeline as the first two seasons of Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni’s hit Star Wars series:
...Grogu was seen on official merchandise worn by the crew working on The Book of Boba Fett. The outlet also included that a special type of merchandise is produced on projects for “special people,” and that this may be where Grogu was spotted. An official crew member t-shirt was found on Reddit earlier in 2021 that featured Grogu on the front, and Boba Fett in a shootout on the back.
According to the report, Grogu will be seen in a “quick glimpse” but it remains unclear if he will make a cameo in a flashback scene or in real time.
Although we don’t know many details about the exact storyline of the upcoming “Mando-verse” spinoff series — which Mandalorian showrunner Favreau has billed as “The Mandalorian Season 2.5″ — except that Bib Fortuna (Michael Carter) is dead and we’re stepping into a Tatooine underworld seemingly controlled be a vengeance-filled Fett, showrunner Robert Rodriguez recently promised his episode — “Chapter 14: The Tragedy” — of The Mandalorian was “nothing” compared to what is coming next in the Star Wars galaxy.
In addition to Grogu, many fans are hoping for cameos by Pascal’s Djarin, Timothy Olyphant’s Marshal Cobb Vanth, and, of course, Harrison Ford’s Han Solo — CGI, obviously — Rodriguez and other members of the crew have yet to confirm any details regarding special appearances by Star Wars fan-favorites.
The short official description of the series reads, “No longer just a hired gun, Boba Fett reinvents himself on Tatooine alongside Fennec Shand.”
Do you think the rumors about Grogu are correct?