Boba Fett Was Almost The Main Villain In Star Wars: Episode VI

Since its inception, Star Wars has been an ongoing work-in-progress. With the mythology in constant flux, it has always been difficult to get a firm grasp on George Lucas’ original intentions. Constantly rewriting the past, he tends to be an unreliable Star Wars historian. While his collaborators might not have access to every aspect of his thought process, their lack of obvious bias can result in some intriguing revelations. Take Craig Miller, Lucasfilm’s first official fan relations officer. During the development of the original trilogy, he was tasked with planting false rumours—in order to minimize the effects of spoilers—so he knew what Lucas was planning at all times.


In a new interview with Inverse, Miller draws on his extensive Star Wars knowledge to detail the evolution of Lucas’ plan for the series. As he remembers it, the original film was a one-off that grew into a series of nine, only to be stripped back down to a trilogy. “George kind of lost interest in continuing it,” he said. “That’s why the whole plot of the third movie, what became Return of the Jedi, completely changed.”


According to Miller, the story told in Episode VI—specifically, “the confrontation between Luke and Darth Vader, and the battle with the Emperor”—was supposed to be spread across Episodes VII-IX. That leaves a big gap, and Miller knows what was supposed to fill it. “The third movie’s plot was going to be more about Boba Fett rescuing Han Solo and all of that,” he said. “Boba was gonna be the main villain… when George decided not to make a third trilogy, he completely jettisoned that story line, which is why in the first ten minutes, Boba Fett gets bumped into and falls into the mouth of a giant monster.”

While you ponder what might have been, you can revisit all of Boba Fett’s Return of the Jedi screen time below.