Last Friday, as Star Wars fans came down from the high of emotions incited by the final act of the season 2 finale of The Mandalorian, the episode’s post-credits scene swooped in with one last bombshell — The Book of Boba Fett.
In the brief scene that was shown, the fearsome bounty hunter Boba Fett and Fennec Shand returned to Tatooine. Into Jabba’s Palace they walked, taking out all of its less-than-savoury occupants in the process — Bib Fortuna included. Boba Fett tossed the Twi’lek’s body from the throne, settling down in his new seat.
Fans found themselves in a mixture of both excitement and confusion once the title — The Book of Boba Fett — flashed on the screen, followed by a premiere date of December 2021. It was recently announced that the next chapter, which was understood to be season 3 of The Mandalorian, would be arriving Christmas 2021. Many spent the weekend speculating what this could mean, was The Book of Boba Fett meant to serve as season 3 of The Mandalorian? What about the story of Din Djarin? Would we ever get to see the rest of Din’s story in the wake of his accidental acquisition of the Darksaber?
Bright and early this morning, Lucasfilm finally took to social media to confirm the news (and cleared up those rumors in the process).
The Book of Boba Fett, a new Original Series, starring Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen and executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni and Robert Rodriguez, set within the timeline of The Mandalorian, is coming to @DisneyPlus Dec. 2021. pic.twitter.com/YT2zbLufI8
— Star Wars (@starwars) December 21, 2020
As indicated in the tweet above, The Book of Boba Fett (which now has a logo) is a new Disney+ Original Series, meaning it is separate from The Mandalorian. Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen will reprise their roles as Boba Fett and Fennec Shand. The dream team of Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni will be executive producers, and they will be joined by Robert Rodriguez. Rodriguez directed the season 2 episode of The Mandalorian “Chapter 14: The Tragedy,” in which Boba Fett made his triumphant return in his full glory, suited up in his old armor once again.
Jon Favreau appeared on Good Morning America this morning and confirmed the news as well. He stated that The Book of Boba Fett was omitted from the other recent Star Wars announcements so as not to spoil the surprise, but it is indeed a separate series. He also shared that the series is currently in production, and The Mandalorian season 3 is in pre-production.
Watch the full interview below, in which Favreau also talks Baby Yoda (Grogu), the other upcoming Star Wars series, and that absolutely incredible surprise cameo during the season finale of The Mandalorian.
The Book of Boba Fett will arrive on Disney+ in December 2021. Stay tuned for more information.