Don’t expect Boba Fett in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Ever since Lucasfilm announced plans for a young Han Solo movie, cynical fans began to assume they had the whole story already figured out and that it would be a simple paint by number story, simply checking all the boxes of Han’s past set up by the other Star Wars movies. But the more we learn about the movie, the more it’s revealed that this isn’t the case.
We’ve had a few teases about Han’s past from the original trilogy, so it’s easy to assume the movie would feature key moments such as Han meeting Chewie, winning the Falcon from Lando, making the famed Kessel Run, getting hired by Jabba the Hutt, developing a rivalry with Boba Fett, dropping his shipment of Spice to avoid unwanted Imperial entanglements, and etc. While some of these elements are definitely prominent in the marketing, on the whole, it seems to be a very small part of the plot, with the majority of characters and story being moments we know nothing about.
This Page: The Boba Fett Rumors and Why Boba Fett Probably Isn’t In Solo
The Boba Fett Rumors
Rumors of a Fett appearance didn’t need any hints or clues from production. Boba Fett is one of the most popular characters in the whole Star Wars franchise, so there have been rumors that he’ll appear in most of the new movies anyway, but Solo is the one where it really seemed to make the most sense.
Both Han and Boba are part of the seedier side of the Star Wars universe, with Han being a smuggler and Boba being a bounty hunter, so the association is understandable. Both also have a history working for Jabba the Hutt. Boba shows up as one of his hired guns in the special edition of A New Hope, and Han’s obvious history of working with Jabba, particularly the fact that he owes him money. Boba is the one that ends up tracking down Solo in The Empire Strikes Back, and there’s a hint of some sort of past encounter(s) between the two make Solo a logical place for him to pop up.
Fett also has a sizeable fanbase considering his small role, so some fans are also going to be rooting for him to make an appearance. There were rumors of him appearing in both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, yet he makes far less sense for those movies than he does for Solo; however, not only has there been no hints or teases of Boba Fett from the marketing, but no set photos, call sheets, or otherwise have indicated any sort of a Fett connection.
Why Boba Fett Probably Isn’t In Solo
The biggest clue that stoked rumors of Fett’s involvement came from a Ron Howard set photo where a silhouette in the background had similar characteristics to Boba Fett’s Mandalorian helmet. And while elements do bear a similar look, a closer comparison to Fett’s actual appearance shows that the angles don’t line up. If it is a Mandalorian helmet, it’s gotten the Picasso treatment.
Besides, if Fett was in this movie as more than an Easter egg, it wouldn’t be kept this secret. Fans always want appearances like that to be massive reveals in the movie, but not only is it difficult to hide an appearance from a character like Fett, but it’s also a wasted marketing opportunity. Lucasfilm didn’t even hide Vader’s small part in Rogue One, and it’s safe to say Fett would have similar exposure if he were in Solo.