It seems the Sarlaac couldn’t keep the best bounty hunter in the galaxy down.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones actor Temuera Morrison will appear in the second season of The Mandalorian as infamous bounty hunter Boba Fett. Within the Star Wars chronology, the character last appeared in Return of the Jedi, where an encounter with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) sent him into the Pit of Carkoon, where he was expected to learn a new definition of pain and suffering as he was slowly digested in the stomach of the all-powerful Sarlaac over the course of a thousand years.
Of course, the Expanded Universe said no to that fate and saved Boba Fett as soon as it could. He would recuperate over a few years, but soon found himself hunting a rival claiming to be Boba Fett. And since The Mandalorian takes a few cues from Jodo Kast’s time in the Dark Horse Star Wars comics, an encounter with Fett always seemed in the cards. But, perhaps more importantly, bringing the character into the series means his rescue from the pit is once again Star Wars canon.
Morrison appeared in Attack of the Clones as Jango Fett, Boba’ progenitor and, in fact, the source of the DNA used to hatch the Clone Army of the Republic. Actor Daniel Logan played a young Boba in the film and later reprised the role in several Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes. Morrison would voice Boba in a 2004 revision to The Empire Strikes Back. Previously, All in the Family‘s Jason Wingreen gave the bounty hunter his voice while British actor Jeremy Bulloch wore the suit in his Original Trilogy appearances. Performers Mark Austin, Don Bies and Nelson Hall would don the suit for the Special Edition scenes in Star Wars and Jedi; photos of Bies without the helmet giving rise to a popular meme about a mustachioed Fett.
And though THR’s sources a pretty certain Morrison is playing Boba Fett, the site also suggests he may be playing one of the surviving clones, like Clone Wars favorite Captain Rex. Voiced by Dee Bradley Baker throughout the series run and into episodes of Star Wars Rebel, the performance was loosely based on Morrison’s mannerisms. Considering The Mandalorian‘s second run will reportedly feature the live action debut of Ahsoka Tano, an appearance by Rex also seems likely.
There’s plenty of story material to be mined from both characters. Fett’s status as a pretend Mandalorian would make him a natural enemy of Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), while Rex could be part of Ahsoka’s retinue when Djarin meets up with her. There’s also the possibility of Rex meeting Boba Fett after all these years.
The Mandalorian‘s second season is expected to debut in October on Disney+.