Disney+ Teases ‘Boba Fett’ Spinoff in ‘Mandalorian’ Finale

While Disney announced several new “Star Wars” Disney+ shows at its Dec. 10 investor day, it left one for a surprise reveal during the streaming service’s flagship series. The Dec. 18 season two finale of “The Mandalorian” contained a teaser for a new Disney+ show called “The Book of Boba Fett” to debut in December 2021.

Boba Fett is a legendary bounty hunter in “Star Wars” lore first introduced in an animated segment of the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special before playing a minor role as an antagonist to Han Solo in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back and 1983’s Return of the Jedi, with the character seemingly dying in the latter during a battle against the crime lord Jabba the Hutt.

A younger Boba Fett appeared in 2002’s Attack of the Clones, where audiences learned that he was an unaltered clone of Jango Fett, another bounty hunter who served as the template for an army of clones. After Jango’s death in that film, young Boba took up bounty hunting himself, as seen in the “Clone Wars” animated series.

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Season two of “The Mandalorian,” set about five years after Return of the Jedi, revealed that Boba survived the events of the film, and was now in league with the assassin Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen). The pair agreed to help the title character protect Grogu, the child nicknamed “Baby Yoda” by franchise fans.

Fett is played by Temuera Morrison, who previously portrayed Jango and the clone troopers in the “Star Wars” prequels, and who also voiced Boba for the special-edition DVD of Empire.

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Some industry watchers had been reporting that Morrison was currently filming what they assumed was either a Boba Fett show or the third season of “Mandalorian,” and found it curious that the investor event didn’t mention anything related to the character, while other spinoffs such as “Ahsoka Tano” were touted.

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In the preview for the new show, which plays as a post-credits scene for the “Mandalorian” finale, Boba Fett returns to Jabba’s Palace on Tatooine with Shand. Jabba’s court in the criminal underworld is now presided over by his former majordomo, Bib Fortuna, who expresses surprise at seeing Fett is alive. Fett shoots Fortuna, then takes a seat on the palace throne with Shand at his side.

Update 12/21/20: “The Book of Boba Fett,” set within the timeline of “The Mandalorian,” will star Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen, and will be executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni and Robert Rodriguez.

‘Disney Gallery’ Look at ‘Mandalorian’ Season 2 Bowing on Disney+ Dec. 25

The Disney+ series “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian” will take a look behind the scenes of the second season of the popular “Star Wars” series in an hourlong special debuting on the streaming service Dec. 25.

The second season of “The Mandalorian,” which concludes Dec. 18, has featured the return of several fan favorite “Star Wars” characters, from bounty hunter Boba Fett to former Jedi Ahsoka Tano.

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The new installment of “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian” showcases filmmakers and cast providing unprecedented access to the storytelling decisions and innovations that went into the second season of the Emmy Award-winning series.

Featuring immersive on-set footage that places viewers right in the middle of the filmmaking process, and rare insights from the cast and crew, this special documentary explores the production of all 8 episodes in season two — from early concept art through the groundbreaking technology introduced in the series.

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“Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian” explored the making of the first season in eight episodes earlier in 2020.

‘Mandalorian’ Maintains Dominance on Parrot’s TV Charts

The Disney+ live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” topped Parrot Analytics’ digital originals rankings for a seventh-straight week the week ended Dec. 5, and also held onto the top spot on Parrot’s list of all TV shows for a fifth week. It had 126.4 times the demand of an average TV series for the week and saw a 27.1% surge in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity.

The boost is likely due to hype surrounding the return of a few fan-favorite characters in highly regarded, action-packed episodes. The Nov. 27 episode of “The Mandalorian” featured the live-action debut of Ahsoka Tano, a character heavily featured in the animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” series. And the Dec. 4 episode featured the return of Boba Fett, the bounty hunter from The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, whose presence was teased earlier in the season.

In fact, the “Clone Wars” rose two spots on the digital originals chart to No. 4 after a 44.6% increase in demand gave it 57.1 times average demand, a boost no doubt directly attributable to synergy with the “Mandalorian” crossovers.

Hulu’s revival of the animated series “Animaniacs” moved up a spot to No. 2 on the digital originals chart. It had a 25.1% jump in demand expressions to give it 62.3 times average demand.

Netflix’s “The Crown” dropped a spot to No. 3 on the digital originals chart. While the Internet continues to speculate as to how the portrayal of the British royal family on the series is affecting audience perception of them now, the show had a 12.8% drop in demand expressions to give it 62 times average demand.

Netflix’s perennially popular “Stranger Things” slid a spot to No. 5 on the digital originals chart, with 44.3 times average demand and expressions down 10.3%. While fans await season four, there is new content available from the show in the form of a couple of comic book series and tie-in novels.

Another Netflix original, “The Umbrella Academy” moved up two spots to re-enter the top 10 at No. 9 with 34 times average demand. It saw a 22.3% boost in demand expressions, likely tied to star Elliot Page’s Dec. 1 transgender status announcement.

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A “digital original” is Parrot’s term for a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or Disney+.

After “Mandalorian,” The No. 2 overall TV series was “SpongeBob SquarePants,” with 95.8 times average demand. Four digital originals cracked the overall top 10, with “Animaniacs” at No. 4, “The Crown” at No. 5 and “Clone Wars” at No. 6.

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Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures demand for TV content in a given market through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites. Results are expressed as a comparison with the average demand for a TV show of any kind in the market.