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The Book of Boba Fett: Trailer, release date, Disney Plus documentary and more

The beloved Star Wars bounty hunter is getting a solo show in December after his dramatic return in The Mandalorian, and a new documentary just dropped for Disney Plus Day.

Unmasked Boba Fett in The Book of Boba Fett

Boba Fett will bring smoldering intensity to his solo show.

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If you stuck around until after the end credits of The Mandalorian's season 2 finale last year, you know there'll be a new Star Wars show hitting Disney Plus. The Book of Boba Fett will star the iconic clone bounty hunter from the Original Trilogy, it's coming this December, the first trailer dropped earlier this month and the character's legacy was showcased in documentary that dropped on Disney Plus Day.

There was a little confusion after Pedro Pascal's Din Djarin bid a tearful farewell to Grogu, aka Baby Yoda, seemingly tying up The Mandalorian's current storylines. Is The Book of Boba Fett the next step for that show? Here's a rundown of a few key details.

What's The Book of Boba Fett?

The Book of Boba Fett full poster

The Book of Boba Fett got another poster along with the trailer.

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The Book of Boba Fett is a separate spinoff series of The Mandalorian with new adventures centered on Boba Fett (Temeura Morrison) and partner Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen). The Mandalorian season 2 postcredits scene sees the pair taking over Jabba's former palace on Tatooine, suggesting that Boba is setting himself up as a crime lord on the galaxy's Outer Rim.

Whether seizing power on Tatooine is Boba's end goal or a step in a grander plan is unclear. Even though he's a clone of Mandalorian foundling Jango Fett, he doesn't claim that heritage and likely isn't too bothered about Bo-Katan Kryze's effort to retake Mandalore from the Imperial Remnant.

He could be trying to set himself up like Darth Maul did decades before in The Clone Wars, by building a criminal empire.

It won't all be about Boba's future, though, Morrison told Rotten Tomatoes in June.

"Well, we can't say too much, but we're going to see his past and where he's been since The Empire Strikes Back," the actor said. "Somebody pointed out he's been kind of stuck in this one place, and now's the time to actually go back in time and check out his journey and find out more about him."

When will The Book of Boba Fett come out?

It'll premiere on Disney Plus on Wednesday, Dec. 29. The company hasn't revealed how many episodes we're getting.

Is there a trailer?

Yes, the first trailer dropped Nov. 1 and it's pretty cool.

What's the Disney Plus Boba Fett documentary about?

Under the Helmet: The Legacy of Boba Fett dropped on the streaming service on Nov. 12. It looks at the character's real-world origins, through new archival footage and interviews with cast, crew and Lucasfilm staff. We don't get any new details about The Book of Boba Fett, but is a delightful 21-minute watch that'll make you appreciate this bounty hunter even more. 

Is The Book of Boba Fett a separate show to The Mandalorian?

Yes. The Book of Boba Fett and The Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau confirmed that The Book of Boba Fett is a new original series. In other words, The Book of Boba Fett is not the equivalent of The Mandalorian season 3. It's confusing because Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy slipped into Disney's announcement-heavy investors call that season 3 of The Mandalorian should arrive by Christmas 2021, the same time as The Book of Boba Fett. 

Some thought this meant The Mandalorian would be pivoting to an anthology format, centered on a different bounty hunter, after Din completed his mission of bringing Grogu to a Jedi. Instead, we'll get two shows about similar looking bounty hunters. 

"We didn't want to spoil the surprise during the big Kathleen Kennedy announcement of all the shows, so they let me keep this one a secret," Favreau told Good Morning America on Monday. 

"So this is actually separate from The Mandalorian season 3. But what we didn't say in that announcement is the next show coming up -- what Kathy called 'the next chapter' -- is going to be The Book of Boba Fett, and then we go into production right after that on The Mandalorian, back with the main character that we all know and love... pretty soon following that. There's a lot of Star Wars content coming out, I think they announced 10 projects, I think this will be 11."

Jennifer Beals as Twi'lek in The Book of Boba Fett

Jennifer Beals is one of the few actors we know will appear in the show.

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Who's in it?

Aside from Temeura Morrison and Ming-Na Wen returning as Boba Fett and Fennec Shand, we don't have many details about casting. Jennifer Beals, whom you might know from Flashdance, The Book of Eli and The L Word, plays a Twi'lek seen in the trailer.

Who's making The Book of Boba Fett?

The Mandalorian executive producers Favreau and Dave Filoni developed The Book of Boba Fett for Disney Plus. Robert Rodriguez, who directed the Fett-centric Chapter 14 of The Mandalorian, is also an executive producer.

Jabba's captains in The Book of Boba Fett

Jabba's former captains hear Boba's "mutually beneficial" proposal.

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How can I get more Boba Fett before December?

A young Boba shows up in Attack of the Clones, but his bounty hunting career is in full swing in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. You can also see more of his early days in CGI animated series The Clone Wars.

Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters 1

Marvel's War of the Bounty Hunters event put Boba in a starring role.

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He also recently starred in War of the Bounty Hunters a Marvel Comics event set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. It sees Boba having a run-in with Crimson Dawn, the criminal organization introduced in Solo -- it's possible the group will appear again in The Book of Boba Fett.

If you want to go old-school and see his first appearance, it's on Disney Plus. The Story of the Faithful Wookiee is an animated segment that was originally part of the infamously bad 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special, and the only segment worth watching. It's no longer canon though.

Will we get a second season?

It's too early to tell. In July, Morrison told the Express that "there's been no talk about it" and reckons Disney wants to see how season 1 goes down with fans before committing to more. 

Will Pedro Pascal be back for season 3 of The Mandalorian?

Jon Favreau confirmed season 3 of The Mandalorian will continue to focus on Pedro Pascal's Din Djarin. So yes, he'll be back as the lone bounty hunter, who's managed to become the leader of Mandalore.