One of the most beloved franchises in history is turning the big 40. Buzz 60’s Nick Cardona (@nickcardona93) has that story.
Not many in the Star Wars galaxy have the cool factor of Boba Fett. His Western gunfighter look and mysterious aura, like an armored Clint Eastwood, hooked writer Paul Dini from the start.
“The narrow, T-shaped visor gives him a look of constant scrutiny, as if he’s always sizing up a target just before he draws on him,” Dini says of the infamous bounty hunter he writes about in the new 40th-anniversary anthology book Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View (Del Rey, out Oct. 3).
“You’re always guessing who he really is under the helmet, simply a hired gun for the highest price, or is there something more to him? What’s going on inside his head? Do we even want to know?”
It’s those questions Dini, a lifelong Star Wars fan, loved exploring doing the Fett tale “Added Muscle” for From a Certain Point of View, featuring 40 tales by 40 different writers. The collection is filled with iconic moments starring sideline players who drift in and out of the original 1977 Star Wars. You can read an exclusive excerpt from Dini’s story below or listen to the audio version read by Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm.
“As Don Draper, Jon excelled at playing a character who was ruthless, cunning, and yet undeniably charismatic. There’s a lot of that in Fett,” Dini says.
Fett technically first appeared in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back but was later digitally inserted by George Lucas into the 1997 special edition of the original Star Wars.
“Added Muscle” is a “wink to that,” Dini says, a day in the life of the galactic bounty hunter that happens to be the same day Luke Skywalker joins forces with Obi-Wan Kenobi.
“Boba is stopping over on Tatooine when he’s called on by his old associate Jabba the Hutt to help collect a debt. Naturally this is the money owed to Jabba by Han Solo. The story is a monologue going through Fett’s head while he backs up Jabba and stares down Han and Chewie.”
Fett shares similarities with another fan-favorite supporting character Dini knows well: Harley Quinn, whom Dini and Bruce Timm introduced in a 1992 episode of Batman: The Animated Series. “They were both later additions to ongoing pop culture mythologies, yet they each wound up fitting seamlessly into their respective…