This just in, Producer Rick McCallum has confirmed that old bucket-head will be back.
It had already been revealed that the show will take place within the 20 year gap in-between Revenge of the Sith and the original Star Wars (A New Hope), but as to what characters would be featured in it, all George Lucas had said was that it would not star any of the main characters from the films. However, as it had been revealed that it could feature peripheral characters from the film series, many fans had speculated that the ever-popular Boba Fett would be a prime candidate. Then last year, the first (and to this point only) promotional image from the series, shown at Toy Fair, displayed Fett’s iconic helmet, which of course only fueled rumors he would be on the show.
McCallum clears up the rumors, telling Star Wars insider “The series will be about brand new characters, a group of people we haven’t seen yet, except Boba Fett, who will be an instrumental part of it. The series will also showcase other bounty hunters.”
Since his first appearance in the much-derided Holiday Special, Boba Fett has remained one of the most popular characters in the Star Wars mythos. Hell, he even dodged the bullet that the prequels shot at him! It was quite a shock for fans to see this character regarded as the Prince of Cool in Sci Fi for decades revealed to be a pouty clone of his dad. But his Chaplin-esque death in Return of the Jedi was no great shakes either.
It was his appearance in the moody sequel to Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, which cemented his place in the annals of science fiction fandom. A mysterious bounty hunter hired by the Empire to find the Millennium Falcon, Fett is armed to the teeth with an assortment of weapons that the films had never shown us before or since. The character’s visual was a hint at so much culture and history to this Star Wars universe that it sparked the imagination of a thousand day dreams and several novels and comic book series. Also, since he wore a helmet he could look like anyone underneath it, allowing the audience to identify with him.
He’s also very appealing to the ladies, as the pic above illustrates.
I have strong hopes that his inclusion in the upcoming TV series will provide a return to greatness for the bounty hunter of few words.