The red carpet premiere for the Star Wars Disney Plus series The Book of Boba Fett has been postponed following fears of the Omicron Variant of COVID-19 surging.
Disney and Lucasfilm have opted to push the big event for the highly-anticipated streaming series to take precautions against the newest strain of COVID-19 – which accounts for 73% of new infections – making the rounds in time for the holidays, according to Variety. The Book of Boba Fett will still get its moment in the twin suns, but Lucasfilm’s official statement has indicated that it will be in February instead of January:
“Out of an abundance of caution, we will be postponing the [The Book of Boba Fett] fan event. It will be relocated to the 8th of February in celebration of the finale.”
The event was set to happen on January 4 at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre. Slated to attend the event were the likes of producer Kathleen Kennedy, directors and executive producers Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, and Robert Rodriguez, and lead actress Ming-Na Wen, along with other yet-to-be-revealed guests. In a way, this may actually set the stage for a bigger event. Since all pre-release materials have focused on the first few minutes of the first episode, delaying the red carpet until most of the series has aired will effectively allow Lucasfilm to “speak freely” and showcase stars who appear much later in the series at the event.
The Book of Boba Fett is set to begin airing on Disney Plus starting December 29, 2021, with the series starring Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett and Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand. Lucasfilm’s slate of other Star Wars projects for the streaming service includes the likes of Andor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka, The Acolyte, Lando, and A Droid Story, along with The Mandalorian (which is currently filming a third season) and The Bad Batch (a second season of which is well underway), both of which are slated to arrive next year.