Sources have reportedly told The Hollywood Reporter that James Mangold has been selected by Lucasfilm to write and direct an upcoming Star Wars standalone film centering around the galaxy’s most notorious bounty hunter, Boba Fett.
James Mangold is writing and will direct a Star Wars stand-alone movie centered on Boba Fett, the feared bounty hunter and fan-favorite character, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.
The reveal comes as Disney and Disney-owned Lucasfilm prepare for the release of the latest Star Wars stand-alone film, Solo: A Star Wars Story. Solo, which opens Friday, is the second movie to be spun from the main Star Wars line — Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was the first — but it is the first to focus on a particular character.
There has been talk of a Boba Fett standalone film ever since Disney completed the purchase of Lucasfilm, so this news should come as no surprise. A Fett film was supposedly set to be helmed by director Josh Trank, who was removed from the project before the subject of the film was officially announced. Trank shed some light on the circumstances of his departure from the Star Wars project shortly after he was dismissed.
THR’s article also states the long-rumored/fan-hyped Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone film is also a go from Lucasfilm, with Stephen Daldry (first reported a year ago) in talks to direct.