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Josh Trank's Boba Fett movie was axed seconds before its announcement

A year or so back, we were looking at three Star Wars standalone movies hitting movie screens. Rogue One (opens in new tab), the Han Solo movie (opens in new tab), and some unknown third title. At the time, rumors suggested (opens in new tab) that it would revolve around Boba Fett, with Han expected to take on a large supporting role. Well, if you're up on your Star Wars spin-offs, you'll know that the bounty hunter's origin story is no longer on the table.  

But it was thiiiiiiiiis close to getting announced. 

While we kinda knew that the Boba Fett was going to be directed by Josh Trank, EW (opens in new tab) has since confirmed the rumor. And not only that. The film was cancelled literally SECONDS before the studio planned to announce it.  

See, the spin-off was primed for an official announcement at the Lucasfilm Celebration 2015. As hordes of press entered the event, Trank's name still appeared on giant screens promoting the Future Filmmakers panel about to take place. Yeah, he bailed right at the last moment

This event was where we got a first look at that Rogue One concept art (opens in new tab) reel, and according to an additional report (opens in new tab) Lucasfilm had a similar little teaser lined up for the Boba movie too. 

Will we ever see Fett headline his own movie? It looks highly likely that will happen at some point. In August 2015, Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy said they still had hopes of developing the film. "It's absolutely one of the stories we want to tell (opens in new tab)" she said back then, "We’re trying to get to a point where we’re never rushing for anything." 

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Gem Seddon is GamesRadar+'s west coast Entertainment News Reporter, working to keep all of you updated on all of the latest and greatest movies and shows on streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Outside of entertainment journalism, Gem can frequently be found writing about the alternative health and wellness industry, and obsessing over all things Aliens and Terminator on Twitter.