It's been rumored for as long as Disney has had the rights to the Star Wars franchise, but we may be finally about to see a standalone Boba Fett film from the sci-fi galaxy far, far away. Likewise, Disney is also reportedly working on an Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone film with Stephen Daldry (The Reader) in talks to direct.
According to a new report, James Mangold - of Logan, Walk The Line and Girl, Interrupted fame - is to write and direct the movie for Lucasfilm. They've tapped James Mangold, writer and director of Logan and the underrated The Wolverine, to make a Boba Fett movie that he will direct while co-writing with Simon Kinberg.
A Star Wars Story has now been released worldwide and fans have discovered that it contains a quick but significant reference to a character from The Phantom Menace - and no, it's not the one you're probably thinking of. Kinberg and Mangold are close, having worked on Logan, the X-Men spinoff that earned high praise previous year.
He then famously appeared in "The Empire Strikes Back" before he was killed in "Return of the Jedi".
A member of the early so-called Lucasfilm braintrust, Kinberg has been attached to the Fett movie for some time, but back in December, new rumors ignited that Kinberg was again involved with the project.
"Solo" is the second standalone film in the "Star Wars" franchise, with "Rogue One" previously dropping in 2015. The character is a mercenary who brings the frozen body of Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt.
Boba Fett is a man of color.
Fett's origin story was revealed in George Lucas' more modern Star Wars prequel trilogy and his adventures have been chronicled in several comic books, novels, animated shows, video games, and on merchandise.