Legendary Star Wars bounty hunter Boba Fett is set to appear in the second series of Disney+ spin-off hit The Mandalorian.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, it will be a 'small role', and he will be played by New Zealand actor Temuera Morrison.
In an additional layer of detail for the Star Wars fandom, Morrison played Jango Fett in the 2002 Star Wars prequel Attack of the Clones.
It emerges that Jango Fett was cloned in the movie, with the clone of himself being Boba Fett, who he raised as his son.
The introduction of Boba Fett will also raise certain questions in the Star Wars timeline.
Taking place after the events of the original trilogy, but before the recent movies, Boba Fett was presumed dead after he was unceremoniously knocked into the Sarlacc Pit in Return of the Jedi.
However, being a clone, it could be that the Boba Fett who appears in The Mandalorian is also a clone of the one who ended up in the dusty fangs of the desert creature.
Fett's appearance has already been teased in the show, in the episode titled The Gunslinger from series one (fear not spoilers), in which a mysterious bounty hunter – which could be Fett – stands over the body of another dead character in the show.
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Originally, the actor Jeremy Bulloch played the first Boba Fett, in The Empire Strikes Back, the Mandalorian bounty hunter who captures Han Solo, freezes him, and then delivers him to Jabba The Hutt in Return of the Jedi.
Some fans believe Morrison could be playing another character entirely. As Jango Fett provided the genetic material for the Clone Troopers, there’s a chance he could be playing Captain Rex, a commander who fought in the Clone Wars under Jedi Generals Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and later joined the Rebellion, fighting in the Battle of Endor.
Morrison, who played Arthur Curry's human father Tom in Aquaman, would join fellow newcomers to the cast, including Terminator and Aliens star Michael Biehn and Rosario Dawson.
The second season of the show, filming for which was completed just prior to lockdown, will air later this year.