It was previously reported that Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray was in talks to helm Fast & Furious 8, and there were also rumors saying that he's in contention to the direct Marvel's Black Panther. Since Straight Outta Compton was a box office success for Universal, it makes sense that they'd want to work with the filmmaker again.
Now, a new rumor emerged from Meet the Movie Press Podcast that claims the director is also in talks to helm Lucasfilm's third Star Wars spin-off film, replacing Josh Trank, and according to the rumor, Fantastic Four star Michael B. Jordan is being eyed to play Boba Fett in the project. Here's what Meet the Movie Press' Jess Sneider said during the weekly podcast.
"I heard that F. Gary Gray, after Straight Outta Compton, was only considering two movies. One was Fast & Furious 8, and the other required meetings in San Francisco. That leaves literally two possibilities. The first, which is what I'm thinking that it was, was to possibly replace Josh Trank on the Boba Fett movie. I do think Boba Fett will be African-American. It's not that black people can only direct movies starring black people, or anything like that, don't get me wrong. But I just remember hearing somewhere that Michael B. Jordan was rumored for Boba Fett, and I think that F. Gary Gray would make a lot of sense. Disney has a huge diversity mandate, and Star Wars has been all white male directors so far. I'm telling you, they want some diversity."
Some fans might question why Lucasfilm would consider Jordan to play Boba Fett because the one we met in Attack of the Clones wasn't black, but anyone could wear the armor, so there's a chance that we might not see his face in the spin-off film. This is the first we've heard of this potential casting, but producer Kathleen Kennedy revealed in May that the fan-favorite bounty hunty is a "high priority" at Lucasfilm. There are also rumors that say that the spin-off will take place after Star Wars Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, where Boba Fett seemingly died in the Sarlaac.
Disney and Lucasfilm haven't announced any concrete plans for the third spin-off film, but it likely won't hit theaters until 2020. Would you like to see Michael B. Jordan play Boba Fett?