The Book of Boba Fett Trailer Breakdown and Star Wars Easter Eggs

Star Wars Underworld 2.0

While The Mandalorian was originally billed as the Star Wars show that would take us on a deep dive of the galactic underworld, Din Djarin’s adventures with little Grogu quickly evolved into something else entirely, as it brought in Jedi and quests to reclaim Mandalore. Instead, it looks like The Book of Boba Fett will be the show to fulfill that underworld promise.

It’s no secret that Lucasfilm has long wanted to flesh out the seedier side of the galaxy far, far away. In the early days, all we really knew about the criminal underworld in Star Wars was that a lot of it was happening on Tatooine, in wretched hives of scum and villainy like Mos Eisley and Mos Espa, places run by the cruel Jabba the Hutt and his gang.

The old Expanded Universe of books, comics, and video games (now known as the non-canon “Legends” continuity) went much deeper than anything fans had ever seen on screen, but George Lucas planned to change all that with what would have been the first live-action Star Wars series at the time. It was called Star Wars Underworld and brought together some of the biggest names in sci-fi television to develop stories about the criminals and smugglers of the galaxy. Talent included Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald D. Moore and Doctor Who contributors Matthew Graham and Chris Chibnall, among others. Even Russell T. Davies got a call but he turned the project down.

Fifty scripts — two seasons’ worth of stories — were developed in writer’s room-style creative meetings at Skywalker Ranch. Episodes not only included Boba Fett and the story of how Han and Chewie won the Falcon from Lando, but also an origin story for Emperor Palpatine that would’ve blamed his evil Sith shenanigans on a bad break-up. (Lol.)

Ultimately, the show never got off the ground because it was too expensive to make back in 2005. Then, in 2012, Lucas sold Star Wars to Disney, effectively killing Underworld for good. But if you want a taste of what might have been, some proof-of-concept footage for the show allegedly leaked last year:

You probably shouldn’t expect The Book of Boba Fett to look anything like the above, especially since it largely seems to be set on Tatooine, but it does feel like the true successor to Underworld, down to the much grittier tone.

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