Originally being little more than a relatively minor supporting player in the Star Wars saga, the character of Bobba Fett has taken on a fan-favourite status that belies his screen time. Despite an apparent grizzly end, plummeting down a hungry Sarlacc Pit in Return of the Jedi, subsequent multimedia entries – if not now official canon – did suggest the bounty hunter survived his on-screen fate. Now it appears that his subsequent adventures will be somewhat confirmed when the character appears in the second season of The Mandalorian. The title character of the Disney+ show bears very similar armour to the big-screen character, belonging to the same guild of bounty-hunters and clan designation, but Pedro Pascal’s character isn’t the same man. There’s long been rumours Fett might ultimately appear in the show and it’s now been confirmed that Temeura Morrison will take the role for an appearance in the next run.
Morrison played Jango Fett, in the prequel entry Attack of the Clones with Bobba ultimately a clone of the original – so the casting makes perfect sense, though – if seen sans helmet it will be the first time the bounty hunter’s face has been seen – the original Star wars appearances (in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) were portrayed by an unseen Jeremy Bulloch. Morrison’s career has also included the likes of Once Were Warriors, Barb Wire and, more recently, Aquaman.
Other confirmed faces for the second season will include The Terminator / Aliens Michael Biehn as a fellow bounty hunter and Rosario Dawson (Daredevil) is apparently appearing in the role of Ahsoka Tano, a character that appeared in the animated spin-offs Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. While Dawson has noted the deal for that casting is technically ongoing, almost all parties seem to be acknowledging it’s all but official. Bill Burr and Giancarlo Esposito (as Mayfield and Moff Gideon respectively) will also be returning.
The Mandalorian was one of Disney+ flagship shows and garnered mixed-to-positive reviews for its heavily western-influences under the show-running talents of Jon Favreau. But it has been widely admired for its purpose-built real-time technological innovations that involved huge amounts of CGI/back-projection work that set new benchmarks for a episodic tv show.The second season has halted its filming due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that technological element has allowed some pre and post-production work on episodes to continue even while actual shooting is delayed.