The Book of Boba Fett (2021) is quickly making a name for itself on Disney+. Not only is it filling in the gap while fans wait for The Mandalorian Season 3 (2022), it’s also expanding the Star Wars universe while telling a new story about a character everyone thought they already knew.
And it is indeed ‘the book’ of Boba Fett as the title states, because the character has gone through something of a spiritual rebirth (something we suspected during The Mandalorian Season 2). As such, the show marks a new chapter in his journey as he tries to make his way in the galaxy.
Having clawed his way out of the sarlacc pit from Star Wars: Episode IV — Return of the Jedi (1983) and straight into captivity with Tusken Raiders on the harsh plains of Tatooine’s Dune Sea, we learn how Boba becomes a hardened warrior, and one with a stronger moral code.
The show takes place five years after the original trilogy, as Boba attempts to rule the underworld of Tatooine “with respect”. But respect isn’t something his predecessor Jabba the Hutt was familiar with, so Boba will face many who intend to take advantage of his merciful ways.
Morrison shines as the bounty hunter, revealing layers beneath his beskar exterior only hinted at in The Mandalorian Season 2 episode “The Tragedy”. Perhaps it’s because the actor already knows his way around the faraway galaxy, as it isn’t first time he’s played a Star Wars character.
In Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones (2002), Morrison plays bounty hunter Jango Fett. And as Jango is a ‘source clone’, the actor also plays every other clone in the film, and again in Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith (2004)!
The clones have much bigger roles in Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 — 2020) and Star Wars: The Bad Batch (2021), though they aren’t voiced by Morrison in either of those shows. But are there any other live-action Star Wars TV shows the actor could appear in?
Fortunately, Disney and Lucasfilm don’t intend to draw the line on their live-action projects with The Mandalorian (2019) or The Book of Boba Fett. There are plenty of other shows on the horizon, which include Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022), Andor (2022), and Ahsoka (2023).
Ahsoka follows the titular Jedi (Rosario Dawson) after her appearance in The Mandalorian Season 2. The fan-favorite first appeared in The Clone Wars, and returned in Star Wars: Rebels (2014 — 2018). And on both occasions, she fights alongside her close friend, Captain Rex.
In The Clone Wars, Captain Rex is a clone trooper in the Grand Army of the Republic (first a captain, then a commander), and serves with Ahsoka for three years before Order 66. In the show’s finale, however, the two part ways in a bid to evade the newly-formed Galactic Empire.
In Rebels, which is set 14 years after The Clone Wars, Ahsoka returns and is reunited with Rex, who has been in hiding with fellow clones Wolffe and Gregor on Seelos. While we know that Ahsoka lives on beyond the original trilogy, we don’t know all that much about Rex’s fate.
According to canon, however, Rex is involved in the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi. In fact, Dave Filoni believes you can see him in the 1983 film, in the form of the “bearded guy” leading the Endor strike team (we suspect you’re about to undertake a lot of rewinding and pausing!).
So it’s possible that Rex also lives on, which means that he could show up in Ahsoka. But the last time Rex sees Ahsoka is when he and the Ghost Crew are forced to leave her behind to duel with Darth Vader in a Sith Temple on Malachor in Rebels Season 2.
But as we now know, Ahsoka doesn’t die in battle with Vader, and is instead pulled into the World Between Worlds by Ezra Bridger in the game-changing Season 4 episode of the same name. So it’s likely then, that even after the original trilogy, Rex remains unaware of his friend’s true fate.
Exactly where Ahsoka is during the original trilogy, though, is unknown, but it’s believed that her experience in the World Between Worlds transforms her, and that she chooses to remain in the Sith Temple on Malachor. This would explain why she and Rex are yet to be reunited.
But what we do know is that Rebels character Sabine Wren has been confirmed to be appearing in the show, and will be played by 27-year-old actress Natasha Liu Bordizzo. Meanwhile, it’s also expected that Ezra Bridger and Grand Admiral Thrawn will feature in the show.
In other words, Ahsoka is already shaping up to be a sequel to Rebels, so there could be room for even more characters from the animated show. Either way, if Captain Rex does show up, let’s just say we won’t exactly be surprised with the casting choice.
Not only has Temuera Morrison already played the character in the prequel trilogy, all clones look exactly the same (with the exception of Omega and Clone Force 99 from The Bad Batch). And if Rex is indeed destined to be reunited with Ahsoka Tano, Morrison had better stop shaving!
If you want to catch up on all things Temuera Morrison or Captain Rex, The Clone Wars, Rebels, The Mandalorian, The Bad Batch, and The Book of Boba Fett are all available on Disney+.
Ahsoka is expected to start filming early this year.
Do you think Captain Rex will appear in Ahsoka?