“Does He Do That?” Dave Filoni Shoots Down Weird ‘Darth Vader’ ‘Star Wars’ Theory

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The Star Wars universe has been dissected to the last midi-chlorian, but one Boba Fett and Darth Vader theory has stumped The Mandalorian‘s Dave Filoni ahead of the Obi-Wan Kenobi debut.

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For many, Dave Filoni is the heir of George Lucas due to his natural and enigmatic embodiment of Lucas’ original Star Wars vision with each new project he handles, including The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, and now Ahsoka.

Jeremy Bulloch as Boba Fett
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Filoni is a downright Star Wars fan and knows every aspect of the Skywalker saga, but one Boba Fett theory suggests that the deadly bounty hunter stands up to Darth Vader won’t fly with him:

Dave Filoni has admitted that he disagrees with the fan theory that #BobaFett stood up to #DarthVader in #TheEmpireStrikesBack: “Does he do that?…”

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When asked by Vanity Fair if he believed that Boba Fett stood up to Sith Lord Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode V – Empire Strikes Back (1980), Filoni says:

“It’s funny when you say (Boba Fett) stands up to Darth Vader. Does he do that? I think he was hired and Vader tells him, ‘No disintegrations,’ and he’s like, ‘…Okay.’ I love Boba Fett but even when I was a kid, the idea that he fell into the Sarlacc pit actually never disappointed me because I’m like, ‘The story is not about him.’”

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With beloved Star Wars actor Jeremy Bulloch under the beskar suit in Empire Strikes Back, Boba Fett’s Clint Eastwood-esque persona rubs some fans the wrong way, with theories suggesting that Fett stands up to Vader on Bespin when expressing his concern about Han Solo (Harrison Ford) dying.

Boba Fett's Starship being loaded with Han Solo
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Nonetheless, Filoni never “bought” that Boba Fett was trying to start a fight, as he was simply stating his concerns, but willing to do anything for Vader with his famous “as you wish” slogan.

More about Kenobi

The new Star Wars story begins ten years after the dramatic events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, where Obi-Wan Kenobi faced his most significant defeat—the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, who turned to the dark side as evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.

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“The rematch of the century” teased by Kathleen Kennedy, director Deborah Chow, and Lucasfilm will be supported by Moses Ingram (Inquisitor Reva), Joel Edgerton (Uncle Owen), Bonnie Piesse (Beru Lars), Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie.

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The world of George Lucas’ Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Darth Vader (James Earl Jones), Jedi Master Yoda (Frank Oz), Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein), Darth Maul (Ray Parker), Anakin Skywalker (Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch/Temura Morrison), Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), Grogu (AKA “Baby Yoda”), Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff)Koska Reeves (Sasha Banks), Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), and Moff Gideon’s (Giancarlo Esposito) the Millennium Falcon, the Death Star, and The Clone Wars.

Within the Star Wars franchise, Lucasfilm is moving past Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) or the controversial Rian Johnson Star Wars film The Last Jedi (2018) as we dive into the Old Republic or explore new realities of the Star Wars universe with each new TV show or the upcoming Star Wars game like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 2 or Star Wars Eclipse.

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi
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Obi-Wan Kenobi debuts in less than two weeks on Disney+ on May 27th!

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