Temuera Morrison teases major answers about Boba Fett's fateful escape from the Sarlacc Pit on The Book of Boba Fett.
Boba Fett's return last season on The Mandalorian finally confirmed an idea that was long-reflected across decades of Star Wars comics and novels, that being his escape from an alleged millennium of digestion within the belly of the dreaded Sarlacc. While clues were visible on Boba's face, a full explanation about how he eluded that Return of the Jedi-dealt fate was not provided. Fortunately, it appears that imminent spinoff series The Book of Boba Fett is bringing the answers.
Temuera Morrison's manifestation as Boba Fett fulfils a franchise destiny, with the actor having played the cloned character's genetic template father, Jango Fett, in 2002 Star Wars Prequel Trilogy middle act Attack of the Clones, in which Daniel Logan played a child Boba. Poetically, Boba's adult arc on The Mandalorian Season 2 saw the bounty hunter building himself back to form from his horrific, anti-climactic, identity-stripping tumble into the Sarlacc's massive maw. Yet, clues reside in his very countenance, which clearly displays acidic scarring seemingly attributed to the creature's digestive juices, implying that he didn't escape the ordeal unscathed; a notion boosted by recent teaser footage of Boba's recovery in a familiar bacta tank. As Morrison tells SFX Magazine, The Book of Boba Fett will prove revelatory on that front.
"There will definitely be a number of answers," declares Morrison. "Some long-winded answers. Some short and sharp answers. Some colorful answers. We're filling a lot of gaps."
Despite some promising initial steps already taken on The Mandalorian toward repairing Boba's reputation, the answers provided on The Book of Boba Fett still need to be profound and impactful. After all, while the character has remained popular in the annals of the Star Wars franchise, his long-believed death in Return of the Jedi left his reputed toughness in a deficit. It's an understandable result from having squandered years of building Boba -- as originally played by the late Jeremy Bulloch -- as a stoic, fearsome force standing ominously in the periphery, only to have him meet a shameful slapstick ending when an accidental staff swing on his jetpack from a carbonite-blind Han Solo ignites the device, sending him flying uncontrollably into the Sarlacc below as his frightened shriek of a comedic, movie-conventional "Wilhelm Scream" sample cements his humiliation.