How is Star Wars’ The Mandalorian bounty hunter different from Boba Fett on the Disney+ series? Good question. Comparisons between the similarly attired bounty hunters is not based on their outfits, alone. As you can imagine, there is more than meets the eye. The trailer gave fans a hint of what to expect from its lead without giving too much away on that front.
Enter The Mandalorian’s showrunner, director, and star, and you have a lot of heightened context. Series showrunner, Jon Favreau, explained to EW that their “guy is a Mandalorian.” How does that compare with Boba Fett? Director Dave Filoni further clarified the difference, saying:
Boba Fett is a clone, according to Attack of the Clones, and by asking [creator George Lucas], he would say Boba Fett is not Mandalorian, not born on Mandalore. He’s more of a person indoctrinated into it, into the way of life, and gets a hold of the armor.
It is all starting to make more sense now! It is important to note that Boba Fett will not appear in The Mandalorian, although there is a highlight to the news. The iconic bounty hunter will undoubtedly remain a force present on fans’ minds leading into the series’ premiere.
The Mandalorian's director has explained the difference between the origins of Pedro Pascal’s unnamed title character and Boba Fett's story. So, let’s move on to other divergent angles. Another factor is also where The Mandalorian picks up in Star Wars history.
It takes place shortly after Return of the Jedi, a.k.a. the final installment in the original Star Wars trilogy. What does that mean for The Mandalorian? The series’ showrunner (and George Lucas advice recipient), Jon Favreau, provided more insight, saying:
Our guy is operating in a much more unforgiving landscape. A place where survival is difficult enough, let alone flourishing in that atmosphere and the politics have dissolved. It’s ‘might is right.’ And how does somebody earn a living when there’s no structure to society anymore and everything is collapsing in on itself? How do you work your way through the world?
The Mandalorian will have to deal with the direct aftermath of the fall of the Empire. Apparently, the glee of the Ewoks and others was a burst of short-lived happiness in a long haul towards peace. Amid this mayhem is where the Disney+ series character finds himself.
He is a bounty hunter trying to survive and make a living. The guy has to deal with a lot. Pedro Pascal’s character will have to navigate the trying times ahead. Will he have to become a villain to do so? Maybe not in so many words. Of his mysterious role, Pascal says:
Ultimately he wants to do the right thing. But his duties could very much be in conflict with his destiny and doing the right thing has many faces. It can be a very windy road.
Interesting! Pedro Pascal previously revealed those who inspired his Star Wars bounty hunter. This tease about his character hints that he will have some struggles to endure. The good news is that his heart is ultimately in the right place. How he will execute the follow-through should prove to be exciting.
A second season is already being developed, so his adventures should continue for a while. There is a lot for Star Wars fans to get excited for when it comes to The Mandalorian.
The Mandalorian will be among this fall’s premieres. The series premieres November 12, the same day that Disney+ goes live.