File this under “potentially cool.”
Last week, word broke that Justified star Timothy Olyphant filmed a role for the upcoming season of The Mandalorian. At that time, the part was unknown with any amount of wild speculation spreading across the internet because as much as some do not want Mandalorian spoilers, they still want Mandalorian spoilers.
So with that in mind, be aware that spoilers follow.
Slashfilm reports Olyphant wore the Mandalorian armor previously belonging to Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison and others), indicating he may be playing Aftermath character Cobb Vanth. A self-appointed sheriff of a town on Tatooine, Vanth utilized Mando armor he bought from some Jawas shortly after Jabba the Hutt’s demise. Bringing in a character from the books would continue the ethos of the Season 2’s guest cast; which will reportedly feature Morrison as Fett and beloved Star Wars: The Clone Wars character Captain Rex, Katee Sackhoff as Mando leader Bo-Katan Kryze, and Rosario Dawson as exiled Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano. It’s a genuinely cool idea to bring these characters into the live action realm. And even though show creator Jon Favreau worked hard to keep the first season free of established characters, the Star Wars galaxy is surprisingly small and it is only a matter of time before new characters run into people fans know. How long was it before the Star Wars Rebels team met Lando Calrissian?
All that said, we’re still sort of hoping Olyphant is really playing Jodo Kast, the infamous pretend Boba Fett from the Dark Horse comics of the 1990s. If Morrison is playing Fett, we’d love to see him reclaim the armor from Kast — or whoever Olyphant is playing — even as Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) doubts Fett’s bona fides as an adherent of The Way. It would be the deep dive into Fett lore no live action Star Wars has had the time to do. And considering how much The Mandalorian feels like playing with Star Wars action figures just after Return of the Jedi, exploring his past is an obvious story to tell.
The Mandalorian returns to Disney+ in October.