The Book of Boba Fett: release date of Star Wars spin-off series on Disney Plus, trailer - and who is in cast?

Temuera Morrison plays the iconic bounty hunter in the new Star Wars spinoff

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The Book of Boba Fett, starring Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett and Ming-na Wen as Fennec Shand (Credit: Disney+/LucasFilm)The Book of Boba Fett, starring Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett and Ming-na Wen as Fennec Shand (Credit: Disney+/LucasFilm)
The Book of Boba Fett, starring Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett and Ming-na Wen as Fennec Shand (Credit: Disney+/LucasFilm)

The Book of Boba Fett, the latest Star Wars series from a galaxy far far away, began on Disney+ on December 29.

Starring Temuera Morrison as the iconic bounty hunter, The Book of Boba Fett was one of last big releases of 2021.

Here’s everything you need to know about The Book of Boba Fett.

Who is Boba Fett and what is the series about?

Boba Fett is a Star Wars bounty hunter, first introduced in The Empire Strikes Back. He quickly became a fan favourite because of his cool helmet – though he was seemingly killed off in Return of the Jedi, fans’ continued passion for the character saw him revived in Disney+ series The Mandalorian.

The Book of Boba Fett gives the bounty hunter his own television series. It sees him return to Tattooine and try to take control of Jabba the Hutt’s criminal empire.

Who is in the cast?

Temuera Morrison plays Boba Fett. Morrison first played Jango Fett (Boba’s father) in Star Wars prequel Attack of the Clones, and has previously played Boba Fett in Star Wars television series The Mandalorian.

Morrison is best known for Star Wars, but has also appeared in films such as Aquaman and Moana.

Ming-na Wen plays Fennec Shand, another bounty hunter and ally of Boba Fett. She’s previously played Shand in The Mandalorian, and voiced the role in animated series The Bad Batch.

You might recognise Ming-na Wen from Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, or perhaps you’ll know her voice from animated movie Mulan, where she played the title character.

Most of the rest of the cast is still a secret, but Jennifer Beals (The L Word) will be playing a Twi’lek.

As the series has continued, its cast has expanded, including - spoilers! - a number of characters from other Star Wars properties. Pedro Pascal has appeared as Mandalorian Djin Djarin, as has a strange CGI grotesquery meant to imitate a young Mark Hamill. Original characters played by Stephen Root (Succession) and Sophie Thatcher (Yellowjackets) have also appeared.

When is it on and how can I watch it?

The Book of Boba Fett will arrive on Disney+ on December 29 2021.

There are going to be seven episodes, which will air weekly until February 9 2022.

How does it tie into The Mandalorian?

Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett in The Mandalorian (Credit: Disney/LucasFilm)Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett in The Mandalorian (Credit: Disney/LucasFilm)
Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett in The Mandalorian (Credit: Disney/LucasFilm)

The Book of Boba Fett is a spinoff of The Mandalorian. Boba Fett and Fennec Shand both travelled with Pedro Pascal’s Djin Djarin, and helped him rescue baby Yoda from Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito).

The Book of Boba Fett follows Fett and Shand in the immediate aftermath of The Mandalorian – it’s not clear yet whether Pedro Pascal will appear in this series as well, but in a galaxy as small as the Star Wars saga, it’s certainly possible.

Where can I see the trailer?

You can see the trailer below.

The trailer shows Boba Fett getting into some impressive Star Wars style fights – though one of the show’s stars recently revealed that the trailer only uses footage from the first seven minutes of the very first episode. Clearly there are a lot of surprises in store still.

What do the reviews for The Book of Boba Fett say?

In our review of The Book of Boba Fett, we said that the series “shows some early promise but lacks ambition”.

However, we also described the series as “an entertaining enough piece of television, lithe and confident and consistently engaging”.

Will there be a series two?

At the moment, Disney hasn’t announced if there’s going to be a second series of The Book of Boba Fett – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty of new Star Wars shows on the horizon.

Obi-Wan Kenobi, starring Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen, is due to release in 2022.

There are also planned shows featuring Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna).

Why should I watch it?

If you’re a fan of Star Wars, this series about the galaxy’s most visually iconic bounty hunter will be exactly the sort of classic throwback you’re looking for – and satisfy that completionist instinct too.

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