Jon Favreau has closed the book on speculation about the Boba Fett series that was teased at the end of The Mandalorian‘s Season 2 finale, stating that it is a standalone spinoff.
“This is actually separate from The Mandalorian Season 3,” the TV franchise EP officially confirmed Monday on Good Morning America.
The Book of Boba Fett, as it is titled, is already filming with an eye on a December 2021 premiere, “and then we go into production after that with Season 3 of The Mandalorian, with the main character we know and love (played by Pedro Pascal).”
The Mandalorian Season 3 will thus begin filming in 2021, with its premiere date/month TBD.
The Book of Boba Fett, which is set within the timeline of The Mandalorian, was held back from the many other series announcements made at Disney Investor day, Favreau said, because “we didn’t want to spoil the surprise.” And indeed, ever since The Mandalorian’s Season 2 finale came to a close, Disney+ had been 100-percent mum on what The Book of Boba Fett is and isn’t.
After delivering a most unexpected (yet not) and out-of-this-world cameo with the actual finale’s closing moments, The Mandalorian slipped in a post-credits scene in which Boba Fett (played by Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones‘ Morrison), with help from Fennec Shand (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Wen), gunned down Bib Fortuna to lay claim to the throne inside Jabba the Hutt’s palace on the planet Tatooine. After the formidable duo settled in, the title card “THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT…. COMING DECEMBER 2021” appeared on-screen.
In the immediate wake of the tease, some assumed that The Book of Boba Fett was a rumored standalone spinoff, while others wondered aloud if the intrepid bounty hunter was possibly “taking over” The Mandalorian, at least for Season 3 — seeing as Lucasfilms’ Kathleen Kennedy said that the flagship Disney+ series “next chapter” would premiere in December 2021. The Boba Fett spinoff, though, is that “next chapter,” Favreau clarified.
Watch the full (if cursory) GMA interview below: