It has been a long wait but we finally got Boba Fett back in The Mandalorian Season 2 and the character is getting his own show next week. However, it looks like we almost saw the former bounty hunter's return a little earlier. Solo: A Star Wars Story screenwriter Jonathan Kasdan has admitted that he wanted to feature Boba in the standalone movie but was told by Lucasfilm that the character is "off-limits!"
Jon Kasdan is the son of famed Star Wars screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and he recently spoke to The New York Times about Boba Fett's delayed return to the Star Wars Universe. Amazingly, Kasdan admitted that the former bounty hunter was supposed to appear in Solo: A Star Wars Story. However, Lucasfilm didn't allow this since “Boba was always off-limits because he was in development elsewhere.”
This isn't a huge surprise for fans who were expecting Boba Fett to get his own film back when the Star Wars standalone movies were still being developed. However, those plans didn't come to fruition so Lucasfilm found a way to rework the project that would eventually become The Book of Boba Fett.
But why not allow even a brief cameo of the character in Solo? After all, it took place before the events in Return of the Jedi where Boba Fett was "killed" as he fell into the Sarlacc pit. Perhaps Lucasfilm had planned to explore Boba's origins and eventual fate in the cancelled movie.
We'll never know what the cancelled film was going to be about but we're just happy to know that Boba Fett is officially back in the Star Wars Universe. Luckily, we are set to learn more about him starting next week.
The Book of Boba Fett will feature Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen. The series will premiere on Disney+ on December 29, 2021.