Just when the Star Wars saga needed to shift gears, the franchise’s future emerged from the unlikeliest place. The Mandalorian proved to be a breakout hit for Disney+ upon the streaming service’s launch in November 2019. And it didn’t take long for fans to get invested in the mysterious bounty hunter (Pedro Pascal) at the show’s center.
Now The Mandalorian Season 2 is slowly coming together. And the Star Wars community can’t wait to see how the series will factor into the existing canon. Based on what we’ve learned so far, the show looks to be adding iconic Star Wars character Boba Fett. But will Daniel Logan, who played him in the prequel trilogy and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, return?
‘The Mandalorian’ didn’t set out to be about Boba Fett
One of the earliest questions Star Wars fans had about The Mandalorian was whether it would center on Boba Fett. Considering how Lucasfilm nearly made a Boba Fett movie, a Disney+ series could have been a solid alternative. And the fact that Boba Fett has decades of history as an undeniable fan favorite probably doesn’t hurt either.
Alas, The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau did not choose to go that route. At the time, some fans may have balked at the notion of introducing a new bounty hunter donning Mandalorian armor. But in hindsight, the decision to steer clear of Boba Fett was a wise one. After 42 years with the Skywalker saga, the last thing the saga needed, it seems, is more of the same.
But season 2 will introduce the bounty hunter
Yet, The Mandalorian Season 2 sounds like it’s going back on that original mission. The show reportedly will bring Temuera Morrison — who played Boba’s father, Jango Fett, in the prequels — on as Boba Fett. But Boba is an unaltered clone of Jango. So his casting makes sense story-wise. Morrison also redubbed Boba’s lines in the Blu-ray version of the original trilogy.
In addition to Morrison’s casting as Boba Fett, some news outlets are speculating the actor could also play Captain Rex. The character is integral to the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. And he has a close relationship with Ahsoka Tano, whom Rosario Dawson will reportedly play in The Mandalorian Season 2.
But what of Logan? The young star has been a major part of the Star Wars fan community for nearly two decades. He’s one of the only actors to reprise his original prequel trilogy role on the animated series. At 32 years old, he’s less than a decade away from Boba Fett’s age at the time The Mandalorian is set. And he’s certainly closer than the 59-year-old Morrison.
Daniel Logan could still reprise the role once more
Something doesn’t quite add up about Boba Fett’s role in The Mandalorian Season 2. Assuming Morrison is playing the role, it’s possible the show could digitally de-age the actor for his face time on camera. After all, the role is mostly a voice performance anyway. But The Mandalorian could go another way. Why not have former co-stars Logan and Morrison share the role?
In more recent versions of Return of the Jedi, Boba Fett sounds like Morrison. But we never see his face. Logan could finally put on the armor in the rare instances we do see Boba’s face on The Mandalorian. The actor is roughly the right age, and his canon fits neatly within the mythos. Plus, fans know he has tons of experience wearing his own set of Mandalorian armor.
Besides, The Mandalorian will need to explain how Boba Fett escaped the Sarlacc. And that would have occurred when Boba was almost exactly the age Logan is now. Having Logan make even a brief appearance in the iconic armor would be a great way for The Mandalorian to tip its hat to the actor’s contribution to the character without breaking the canon.