Now that the trailer for 'The Book of Boba Fett' has finally arrived, our jetpacks are ready to explode with excitement. But will there be more to the new live-action show than just a "simple man making his way across the galaxy"? And what is 'The Book of Boba Fett' about?
Before we dive in, let's be clear about one thing - this show isn't about the iconic bounty hunter penning a biographical novel, although there are plenty of comic books in which Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) appears. But we're actually here to talk about his live-action counterpart.
The last time we saw Boba Fett was in 'The Mandalorian Season 2', in which Boba helps Mando against the Empire, before they end up taking Grogu from the remnants of a Jedi Temple. We see him again in the finale, in which he rubs shoulders with Bo-Katan and Koska Reeves.
But it's really the show's post-credits scene that's now his most memorable appearance in 'The Mandalorian'. We see Boba Fett and partner-in-crime Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) 'clear out' Jabba the Hutt's old palace on Tatooine, and dethroning Bib Fortuna in the process.
Check out the official new trailer below:
'The Book of Boba Fett' certainly looks far more gritty than anything we've seen in the 'Star Wars' TV shows or movies before, which is no surprise considering it's being headlined by the rough-around-the-edges bounty hunter.
And if his fighting style in 'The Mandalorian' episode "The Tragedy" is anything to go by, fans might be in for a real treat for the upcoming spin-off show, as his appearance in that episode was the most badass we've ever seen Boba.
Despite him having now been an iconic 'Star Wars' character for decades , it's fair to say that he doesn't get that much to do in 'The Empire Strikes Back' or 'Return of the Jedi'. He's even killed in the latter, after falling into a sarlac pit - although we now know this death has been retconned.
So now that Boba intends to "rule with respect" in the criminal underworld of Tatooine, what can we expect from 'The Book of Boba Fett'? Well, the good news is that Robert Rodriguez, the Hollywood director who helmed "The Tragedy", has directed some of the episodes in the new series.
While Dave Filoni, Jon Favreau, and Bryce Dallas Howard have also directed a number of episodes, we're actually looking forward to seeing the Rodriguez ones more, especially after "The Tragedy" episode, which showcased Boba as the no-holes-barred hero we all know and love.
As for a synopsis, we know that it's a spin-off from 'The Mandalorian', which means that it will be set around the same timeline. However, the show is also being dubbed "The Mandalorian Season 2.5", so it's possible it will actually take place before 'The Mandalorian' Season 3.
We also know that it will run concurrently with another upcoming live-action 'Star Wars' series - 'Ahsoka', which will see the return of Rosario Dawson as the Togruta Jedi Knight, who also appeared in 'The Mandalorian' Season 2.
'The Book of Boba Fett' will reunite Boba Fett and Fennec Shand, as the pair try to forge their own path in the faraway galaxy's criminal underworld, having taken over the territory once owned by grotesque crime lord Jabba the Hutt, who was killed by Princess Leia in 'Return of the Jedi'.
While not much more of the plot is really revealed in the trailer, it's clear that there will be a lot more non-human 'Star Wars' characters than we've seen even in 'The Mandalorian', and it looks particularly heavy with Trandoshans and Twi-leks. So could Bossk and Hera Syndulla appear?
There are many other characters who could appear, with perhaps the most obvious being Din Djarin, as it's likely 'The Book of Boba Fett' will cross over with 'The Mandalorian' - especially considering that both shows revolve around bounty hunters.
Other characters who might appear include Omega and Clone Force 99 (Tech, Echo, Wrecker, Hunter, and Crosshair) from the animated series 'Star Wars: The Bad Batch'. While Clone Force 99 are 'defected' clones and don't necessarily have any affiliations with Boba Fett, Omega does.
In 'The Bad Batch', we learn that Omega is actually a direct genetic clone of Jango Fett, the original clone. This makes her the sister of Boba Fett (who is actually referred to as 'Alpha' in 'Attack of the Clones'). Whether or not we'll see Omega appear in the show, though, remains to be seen.
Another question on the minds of many fans is whether the show will include any flashbacks, as there are five years that are unaccounted for where Boba Fett is concerned. He is presumed dead in 'Return of the Jedi', and 'The Mandalorian' takes place five years later.
It would be interesting to see how the bounty hunter survived the otherwise inescapable sarlac pit, although 'Star Wars Legends' (which has now been wiped from canon by Disney) does detail an event in which the famed bounty hunter survives.
Nevertheless, Disney and Lucasfilm have already done a fair bit of retconning where 'Star Wars' is concerned. In fact, it's probably easier to ask: what hasn't been retconned? After all, everything pre-Lucasfilm merger is no longer canon, while the history of the faraway galaxy is forever changing.
Now that we're getting the second live-action 'Star Wars' series, it's fair to say the doors are wide open for any possibility. We could even see a major crossover event between 'The Book of Boba Fett', 'The Mandalorian' and 'Ahsoka', which is something Disney and Lucasfilm have hinted at.
How exactly this would look is unknown, but right now, our sights are set on 'The Book of Boba Fett' and nothing else. And we're hoping that the show delivers on the grit the trailer promises, although it's unlikely we'll get anything that's even close to R-rated.
While 'The Book of Boba Fett' is a limited series, we'll have to wait and see whether it's a success or not. But we're betting all of our galactic credits that it will be. Once a bounty hunter like Boba Fett emerges from a sarlac pit of all places, you can't keep him down.
'The Book of Boba Fett' will open on Disney+ on December 29.