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Rumor: Could Michael Fassbender be up for the role of Boba Fett?

01.30.2015

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You can go ahead and take this one with all of the grains of salt, but it's a rumor that's been snowballing the past couple days so we might as well talk about it! The website iKwiz has reported that not only will Boba Fett make more appearances in future Star Wars films, but that Michael Fassbender is the frontrunner. Sounds cool, right? Suspiciously so, if you ask me. Their source claims to have said that the character of Boba Fett "is a mantle. The name, the ship and the armor gets passed down to a successor. That's how he is brought back for the films and explains the character for later stories."

Their source goes on to say, “Fett fans are in for a few surprises. They [Disney] get the cult status of the character, so you're going to see more Boba Fett in the future. Michael Fassbender is the frontrunner to be Boba Fett, fact!" There's no doubts that Fassbender playing the mighty Mandalorian would indeed be cool, but I'm certainly not holding my breath. It's definitely fun to discuss, and given that screen tests are already underway for Gareth Edwards' endeavor, you know that there are definitely names being tossed around for both Boba Fett and Han Solo (if they are featured in the film). Although if we're going by Disney's schedule, they announced (most of) the cast for THE FORCE AWAKENS in April of 2014. Perhaps we'll hear some legit info about the cast for this spin-off in a few months' time?

Gareth Edwards' STAR WARS SPIN-OFF is slated to hit theaters on December 16, 2016.

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Source: iKwiz

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5:35AM on 02/02/2015
They have to go with the Mantle idea its the only way to salvage the terrible change from cool Boba to kiwi Boba. Plus the obviously different voices, again ubber cool to blah in the prequels.
So yah go for it.
They have to go with the Mantle idea its the only way to salvage the terrible change from cool Boba to kiwi Boba. Plus the obviously different voices, again ubber cool to blah in the prequels.
So yah go for it.
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2:59PM on 01/31/2015
I swear half of the people crapping on this idea because he doesn't look like the actor from the prequels obviously did NOT read the article. If the name and the suit get passed down to a successor he does NOT have to be related. It's like Westley becoming the Dread Pirate Roberts in the Princess Bride.
I swear half of the people crapping on this idea because he doesn't look like the actor from the prequels obviously did NOT read the article. If the name and the suit get passed down to a successor he does NOT have to be related. It's like Westley becoming the Dread Pirate Roberts in the Princess Bride.
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10:44AM on 01/31/2015

Well, if so:

He looks nothing like his father.
He looks nothing like his father.
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9:01AM on 01/31/2015

No thanks

Don't get me wrong, Fassbender is a great actor, but like Cumberbatch, he doesn't need to be in everything. There are so many other actors out there that could fit this role, and if we're going with Fett being some sort of mantel being passed down, at least get someone that looks similar to Temuera Morrison.
Don't get me wrong, Fassbender is a great actor, but like Cumberbatch, he doesn't need to be in everything. There are so many other actors out there that could fit this role, and if we're going with Fett being some sort of mantel being passed down, at least get someone that looks similar to Temuera Morrison.
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8:04AM on 01/31/2015

PLEASE NO

So we have now got to hear 'He is no good to me dead' in an Irish accent. It was bad enough when Georgie boy changed it to a kiwi accent. PLEASE DISNEY release the original cuts.
So we have now got to hear 'He is no good to me dead' in an Irish accent. It was bad enough when Georgie boy changed it to a kiwi accent. PLEASE DISNEY release the original cuts.
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1:07AM on 01/31/2015

Fassbender is no Bounty Hunter

he has the proper accent for an Imperial Commander. come on.
he has the proper accent for an Imperial Commander. come on.
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10:29PM on 01/30/2015
Who knows? Michael Fassebender is surprisingly good in "Frank" even though he wears the Frank mask most of the time. He might actually be good Boba Fett.
Who knows? Michael Fassebender is surprisingly good in "Frank" even though he wears the Frank mask most of the time. He might actually be good Boba Fett.
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9:16PM on 01/30/2015
He might work better as a young Han Solo. Or as somebody new.
He might work better as a young Han Solo. Or as somebody new.
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6:17PM on 01/30/2015

Fassbender or Cumberbatch

Always these two names get thrown around like there is no one else in the pantheons of Hollywood to play a role. I embraced the idea of the costume being passed on from the Jodo Kast version of Fett in the prequels to the Masked Man version that embodied the original series (and a few decent books done before hand, like the Han Solo trilogy). Tap into the original Journeyman idea, less backstory and more about the character being the mantle. Less is more. Wolverine is a great example, Tex
Always these two names get thrown around like there is no one else in the pantheons of Hollywood to play a role. I embraced the idea of the costume being passed on from the Jodo Kast version of Fett in the prequels to the Masked Man version that embodied the original series (and a few decent books done before hand, like the Han Solo trilogy). Tap into the original Journeyman idea, less backstory and more about the character being the mantle. Less is more. Wolverine is a great example, Tex handled his awkward origins so much better than Origins did. Personally, I don't want someone like Fassbender, rather, it be just the Journeyman getting the armor and becoming Fett. First Vader now this, I know its about money now but give us some substance. Fett became a cult icon with barely any screen time, based solely on presence. Backstories fuck this up (Anakin, ahem). And shit on all that EU Mandalore fanfic crap. Last thing I want to see is a bunch of Mando'a Klingon rip off garbage.
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6:04PM on 01/30/2015
This sounds like a movie based on costume design. I'd love Fassbender in Star Wars but give him his own guy. Presumably this is a Galaxy full of characters and not the same ten guys chasing each other around.
This sounds like a movie based on costume design. I'd love Fassbender in Star Wars but give him his own guy. Presumably this is a Galaxy full of characters and not the same ten guys chasing each other around.
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6:18PM on 01/30/2015
Everyone knows or is related to everyone. Holy shit, what a concept...a stand alone character not attached to he core ones. I'm with you Fancy Pants.
Everyone knows or is related to everyone. Holy shit, what a concept...a stand alone character not attached to he core ones. I'm with you Fancy Pants.
5:32PM on 01/30/2015
Just use any stunt man, but if the helmet comes off I'd like to see Peter Dinklage.
Just use any stunt man, but if the helmet comes off I'd like to see Peter Dinklage.
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5:19PM on 01/30/2015
As long as he keeps his helmet on, they can cast whoever they want.
As long as he keeps his helmet on, they can cast whoever they want.
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5:01PM on 01/30/2015
Well that wouldn't make much sense considering we know the actor who would play Fett should now be Maori.
Well that wouldn't make much sense considering we know the actor who would play Fett should now be Maori.
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6:19PM on 01/30/2015
Not if they kill off that shity concept. Fett speaking to vader...and everyone else...dude you sound like a stormtrooper. Fan service gone too far there.
Not if they kill off that shity concept. Fett speaking to vader...and everyone else...dude you sound like a stormtrooper. Fan service gone too far there.
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4:18PM on 01/30/2015
I like him, but WTF! WTF! I'm seriously going to start kicking people.
I like him, but WTF! WTF! I'm seriously going to start kicking people.
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4:04PM on 01/30/2015
OK, Fassbender is a good actor. Fassbender did a movie already where he spent almost the entire time with a mask on. And Temuera Morrison played Jango Fett, not Boba Fett (confess I haven't seen that movie in 13 years, and maybe it was established he was a clone, but I forget).

Here's the thing, it's almost irrelevant to me who they cast as long as he KEEPS THE HELMET ON. The cool thing to me about Boba Fett is his mystique. He's like the other side of the coin with Han Solo. Bounty
OK, Fassbender is a good actor. Fassbender did a movie already where he spent almost the entire time with a mask on. And Temuera Morrison played Jango Fett, not Boba Fett (confess I haven't seen that movie in 13 years, and maybe it was established he was a clone, but I forget).

Here's the thing, it's almost irrelevant to me who they cast as long as he KEEPS THE HELMET ON. The cool thing to me about Boba Fett is his mystique. He's like the other side of the coin with Han Solo. Bounty hunters, smugglers, they're free agents in a world of imperials and rebels. Boba Fett has a cool design, he's smart (or smarter than a storm trooper anyway), and he's all about the money. If they could do it with Darth Vader, they can do it with Boba Fett. So why even worry about casting a name actor, as long as he can be kind of menacing when he needs to be, and ideally fairly fit.
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5:03PM on 01/30/2015
totally agree
totally agree
5:29PM on 01/30/2015
No way he's keeping the helmet on though. I think that's outside the realm of possibility. Maybe I'm wrong.
No way he's keeping the helmet on though. I think that's outside the realm of possibility. Maybe I'm wrong.
6:21PM on 01/30/2015
No one bats an eye when Fett talks and he sounds like an Empire peon either.
No one bats an eye when Fett talks and he sounds like an Empire peon either.
12:49AM on 01/31/2015
Actually, it was established in ATTACK OF THE CLONES that Boba Fett was a clone of Jango that he raised from an infant.

I agree that Boba Fett should keep the helmet on. That mystery is part of what makes him so cool. I could see them doing a Darth Maul or Darth Vader: get some martial artist to do the physical acting and a great voice actor to overdub the lines.
Actually, it was established in ATTACK OF THE CLONES that Boba Fett was a clone of Jango that he raised from an infant.

I agree that Boba Fett should keep the helmet on. That mystery is part of what makes him so cool. I could see them doing a Darth Maul or Darth Vader: get some martial artist to do the physical acting and a great voice actor to overdub the lines.
3:45PM on 01/30/2015
Sure. While we're at it, let's have Miles fucking Teller don Darth Vader's armour because the name and the armour get passed down to a successor.
Sure. While we're at it, let's have Miles fucking Teller don Darth Vader's armour because the name and the armour get passed down to a successor.
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3:27PM on 01/30/2015

Hells no

I like Boba Fett as much as the next STAR WARS geek, but the last time we saw him, he was Sarlacc's supper. Unless he managed to get himself out of that predicament (and Fassbender's just willing to wear the helmet the entire time) I'd say just leave him there.

If they do want to have a Boba Fett stand-alone film, then either bring back Temuera Morrison or find someone who looks just like him. Anything else violates STAR WARS canon and we've had enough of that.
I like Boba Fett as much as the next STAR WARS geek, but the last time we saw him, he was Sarlacc's supper. Unless he managed to get himself out of that predicament (and Fassbender's just willing to wear the helmet the entire time) I'd say just leave him there.

If they do want to have a Boba Fett stand-alone film, then either bring back Temuera Morrison or find someone who looks just like him. Anything else violates STAR WARS canon and we've had enough of that.
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3:43PM on 01/30/2015
Agreed. If Fassbender ALWAYS keeps the helmet on, I might be okay with it. Love/Hate the prequels, they gave Boba a face through Jango and the clones, so at least IF he is meant to be unmasked, find someone similar to the actual actor in Ep2
Agreed. If Fassbender ALWAYS keeps the helmet on, I might be okay with it. Love/Hate the prequels, they gave Boba a face through Jango and the clones, so at least IF he is meant to be unmasked, find someone similar to the actual actor in Ep2
3:44PM on 01/30/2015
What if he had his helmet on the entire movie and it was set before return?
What if he had his helmet on the entire movie and it was set before return?
3:15PM on 01/30/2015
Totally, Fassbender and Temuera Morrison are basically twins.
Totally, Fassbender and Temuera Morrison are basically twins.
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3:25PM on 01/30/2015
I love that those movies are basically disregarding the shitty prequels you idiots love
I love that those movies are basically disregarding the shitty prequels you idiots love
3:51PM on 01/30/2015
@consween, lol who said I love them?
@consween, lol who said I love them?
3:01PM on 01/30/2015
This guy is awesome at everything but I highly doubt this true since hes already involved with doing the Assassins Creed and XMen franchises...he simply will not have time.
This guy is awesome at everything but I highly doubt this true since hes already involved with doing the Assassins Creed and XMen franchises...he simply will not have time.
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3:01PM on 01/30/2015
I love Fassbender, but I was kinda hoping for Manu Bennett. He could pass as a viable clone for Temura Morrison and has already played the badass in Arrow.
I love Fassbender, but I was kinda hoping for Manu Bennett. He could pass as a viable clone for Temura Morrison and has already played the badass in Arrow.
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3:26PM on 01/30/2015
fuck the clone bullshit. Disregard it.
fuck the clone bullshit. Disregard it.
2:52PM on 01/30/2015
After his fantastic performance in frank i am right behind this rumour. We know he would be willing to wear the helmet nonstop or at lest for a very large part of the movie and that is very important.
After his fantastic performance in frank i am right behind this rumour. We know he would be willing to wear the helmet nonstop or at lest for a very large part of the movie and that is very important.
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2:37PM on 01/30/2015
Would be awesome if it turned out to be true.
Would be awesome if it turned out to be true.
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2:34PM on 01/30/2015
Why not? The guy's awesome!
Why not? The guy's awesome!
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