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Boba Fett reportedly leading new Mandalorian spinoff in Star Wars return

Published: 13/Aug/2020 6:23 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 14:20

by Isaac McIntyre

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Iconic bounty hunter Boba Fett is reportedly in line for his own Disney Plus spinoff series “very soon,” which would follow the Star Wars fan favorite’s return in The Mandalorian Season 2, according to rumors from franchise insiders.

The report comes from Kessel Run Transmissions, who were bang on the money regarding a rumored The Bad Batch series. The Star Wars insiders suggest Disney has as many as three The Mandalorian spinoffs “in the works” already.

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This slate of short-season shows includes one focusing on fan-favorite Boba Fett. The KRT hosts also tipped the previously rumored Ahsoka series, as well as a “yet to be locked” third production, would be announced after The Mandalorian’s next season.

During the YouTube stream, Corey Van Dyke warned “some of these might not come into fruition”. He added soon after Disney were “only in the talking stage” for some.

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The Boba Fett show does seem to be trucking along already though, “talking stage” or not; a similar project, though with fewer details, was even leaked by Fandom Wire all the way back in May of this year too.

Boba Fett acted as Darth Vader's right hand man for much of Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
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Boba Fett acted as Darth Vader’s right-hand man for much of Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

Boba Fett spinoff won’t be announced right away

There’s every chance the Boba Fett spinoff has not yet been announced by Disney or Lucasfilm to retain the ‘shock-factor’ of his return too.

The last time we saw the clone bounty hunter he was disappearing into the Sarlacc pit in Return of the Jedi. Since then he’s only appeared as young versions of himself. These came in Episode II: Attack of the Clones and  The Clone Wars.

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The Mandalorian rumor mill has already spat out a few details on his potential Star Wars return, however. The Hollywood Reporter previously reported Temeura Morrison, who played Boba’s father Jano Fett, had been handed the role.

Boba Fett (Morrison) is expected to play “just a small role in season two” of the flagship Disney Plus series. His cameo role was teased back in The Mandalorian’s fifth episode, ‘The Gunslinger,’ though he was never seen on-screen.

Boba Fett last appeared in the Star Wars universe as a young boy in The Clone Wars series.
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Boba Fett last appeared in the Star Wars universe as a young boy in The Clone Wars series.

Disney planning raft of The Mandalorian spinoffs

The fact Disney is already planning The Mandalorian spinoffs before Season 2 arrives isn’t a surprise either. Disney’s executive chairman Bob Iger unveiled plans for more Star Wars series in an investor’s call in February.

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He said: “The priority over the next few years is television, with The Mandalorian Season 2 coming in October. Then there is more coming from The Mandalorian thereafter.”

That future plan, he continued, also includes “the possibility of infusing it [The Mandalorian] with more characters, and the possibility of taking those characters in their own direction in terms of series,” pending fan reception.

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The iconic Star Wars bounty hunter will need to debut in The Mandalorian before Lucasfilm unveil his new series.
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The iconic Star Wars bounty hunter will need to debut in The Mandalorian before Lucasfilm unveil his new series.

The planned Boba Fett series isn’t the first time the bounty hunter’s return was planned either. Back in 2015, Josh Trank nearly produced a feature flick, though that plan was canned due to differences with Disney and the director.

Star Wars fans now have a long wait ahead of them before the rumored Boba Fett return is officially confirmed. The Mandalorian Season 2 release date is currently penciled in for mid-October, and will release one episode a week.

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Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.