Lucasfilm Reportedly Wants Michael B. Jordan for ‘Star Wars’ Boba Fett Spinoff
Following the highly-publicized drama and subsequent disappointment of Fantastic Four, Josh Trank exited (or was let go from) Lucasfilm and Disney’s Boba Fett solo film. The studios are reportedly still planning on making that film, and a new rumor suggests that they came close to hiring Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray for the gig — but even more interesting is who they want to play the famed bounty hunter.
The rumor comes from Jeff Sneider, who revealed on his Meet the Movie Press show (via Latino Review) that Gray was weighing his options between Fast and Furious 8 and the Boba Fett movie before ultimately going with the former. Sneider also reports that Lucasfilm is eyeing Michael B. Jordan to play Boba Fett in the spinoff, which is part of their A Star Wars Story collection of standalone films — that collection also includes Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One, as well as Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s young Han Solo project.
Sneider’s report holds some water as he’s typically reliable when it comes to this information, but the fact that he reported it on his show and not on The Wrap indicates that this report isn’t 100 percent verifiable — for now. And given that Trank was previously attached to the project, Jordan’s involvement (or Lucasfilm’s desire for his involvement) makes sense, as the actor has worked with Trank twice, on Chronicle and Fantastic Four.
Where things get a little tricky is in the Star Wars canon — Maori / Scottish / Irish actor Temuera Morrison portrayed Jango Fett in the prequels, which established that Boba Fett was the only unaltered clone of his father, who served as the genetic blueprint for the Grand Army of the Republic. If Boba Fett is an unaltered clone of Jango, then he would have to be played by Temuera Morrison or an actor who looks very much like him.
But! There’s always the potential for Disney and Lucasfilm to mix things up. Morrison’s casting was a bit of diversity that was sorely needed in the Star Wars universe, and it wouldn’t be totally out of the question for the studios to tinker with canon just a little to explain how Michael B. Jordan is Boba Fett even though he looks nothing like his predecessor. And how cool would Jordan be as Boba Fett?
For now, Lord and Miller’s Han Solo movie has taken the place of the Boba Fett spinoff on the schedule (May 25, 2018), while Disney and Lucasfilm continue to search for a director for the latter, which could hit theaters in 2020.