The original Star Wars trilogy concluded with Return of the Jedi, a film that had one of the most famous cult character of all-time meet his doom. However, according to one former Lucasfilm insider, the galaxy’s deadliest bounty hunter originally had much grander plans in place for him. Read on for more…
Most fans were upset when the legendary cult favorite Boba Fett met his end in the Sarlacc pit near the beginning of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Lucasfilm’s fan relations officer and unofficial adviser, Craig Miller, who was part of the original Star Wars film crew has revealed that Boba Fett, the mysterious masked bounty hunter, was originally going to be featured as the main villain in Return of the Jedi.
In an interview with Inverse, Miller talked about George Lucas’s original plans for the films, which was a lot different than what actually ended up on the big screen.
“Originally Boba Fett was set up in Empire [Strikes Back] as a character, and the third movie’s plot was going to be more about Boba Fett rescuing Han Solo and all of that,” Miller said. “Boba was going to be the main villain… That was set up, why he was taking Han Solo away, why there was a thing with him in the Christmas special.
“When George decided not to make a third trilogy, he completely jettisoned that story line, which is why in the first ten minutes, Boba Fett gets bumped into and falls into the mouth of a giant monster… So he took what was planned for the third trilogy, which was the confrontation between Luke and Darth Vader, and the battle with the Emperor, and that got squished down from three movies to one movie. And that became the plot of [Return of the] Jedi.”
Boba Fett has made out okay, since he’s still one of the more popular characters from books, comics, media and the films. At the moment, it’s hard to say whether or not the legendary bounty hunter will make a return to film. Although the evidence is weak, there has been several rumors circling the net recently regarding a future spin-off film involving the character, but nothing at this point has been confirmed.
For those fans that are still hoping that Boba Fett made it out of the sarlacc pit alive and well, there may be a sliver of hope. Actor Jeremy Bulloch, who famously played the character in 1980’s Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and 1983’s Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, recently spoke with The Daily Beast from his home in London and insisted that Fett had survived that nasty plunge.
“Yes, absolutely. Yes, he did!” Bulloch Said.
So, Boba Fett may in fact be totally alive. If the news from Bulloch isn’t enough, the actor also reiterated what the Star Wars creator himself has mentioned in the past. Director George Lucas, in recent years reportedly has said that the feared bounty hunter somehow made it out to safety at the end of Return of the Jedi.
“George Lucas has said he gets out of the Sarlacc Pitt,” Bulloch said. “He’s got to mend his jet pack,” He added. “He’s probably opened a couple of bars down there, serving not the American beer, but the English beer… so he’s okay.”
For now, fans will just have to wait and see what plans Disney and Lucasfilm have for Fett in their future installments. We can only hold out hope that the legendary character will make an appearance in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story or the Han Solo Spin-off.
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