Topic: IMDb "Announces" Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett on 2016 Stand-Alone Film Listing
[Updated 7/9/2014: the cast info has now been wiped from IMDb, which may be either invalidity of those additions or wiping of early, yet-to-be-confirmed information.]
We're the first website to report seeing Temuera Morrison listed as "Boba Fett" alongside the Gareth Edwards "Star Wars" stand-alone film on IMDb. Check it out.
We also see "announced" on IMDb's page for Temuera Morrison. But that term is void of any further, literal announcement.
Two other actors, Mike Kasem and Mason Brett, are also listed on the page. One has many credits as a stuntman. Both of them are the same skin tone and also the same cheek/bone structure as the clones from the prequels.
Remember, IMDb (Internet Movie Database) is a mix of creator and user generated content, especially when it comes to future project records. However, unlike other sites, agents and managers can anonymously add to pages, which are then loosely vetted by IMDb's staff. For example, on Daniel Logan's IMDb page, his mention on the shelved TV series "Star Wars Underworld" at least gets tagged "rumored." For the sake of journalistic integrity, well done, IMDb.
We believe this mention on IMDb is newsworthy but not a formal confirmation of either Morrison's casting nor Edwards' spin-off film being the still-rumored Boba Fett film.
Database-driven credit listing sites, including MovieWeb (which currently lists Edwards' film as the Boba Fett story despite no such confirmation of that at all), are in the business of jumping the gun. There is no other announcement being picked up anywhere online -- at least to our knowledge upon investigating -- that announced Temuera Morrison in a forthcoming Star Wars film, nor that the Gareth Edwards film is the rumored Boba Fett film.
If this information is eventually confirmed by Lucasfilm, this news would be the tip of the iceberg that confirms Boba Fett is in fact the subject of the first stand-alone feature film set for 2016. This would also debunk the Lawrence Kasdan script as being the material, since the first film has an officially confirmed director and screenwriter.
Morrison played Jango Fett in Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones. Jango is Boba Fett's father.
(Helmet nod to @BitikoferAustin and @TheAutocons for the lead.)
Here is our own recap of what Boba Fett-specific <span style="background:green; color:#fff;"]confirmations</span> and rumors have come at what time and from where:
February 5, 2013:<br/>Less than a week after announcing Episode 7, the official Star Wars website <span style="background:green; color:#fff;"]confirmed</span> there will be two spin-off films. No mention of Boba Fett. Here is their announcement.
February 6, 2013:<br/>In an Entertainment Weekly post by senior writer Anthony Breznican -- headlined as an "exclusive" -- the article confidently opened about "learning" that one spin-off film is about Boba Fett. We reported this in "Boba Fett Feature Film Update." Later in the same article, they postulate "if" these films will happen. No follow-up information was given to further confirm that Entertainment Weekly had a legitimate exclusive scoop.
September 12, 2013:<br/>Variety reports that Disney CFO Jay Rasul <span style="background:green; color:#fff;"]confirmed</span> on an investor conference call that we'll see "origin" stories in these spin-off films. We reported this in "Would Boba Fett’s Origin Story Make a Great Feature Film?" No mention of Boba Fett.
September 16, 2013:<br/>Nuke The Fridge posted that the origin films would be about Han Solo and Boba Fett. But they cited a February 2013 article on MovieWeb, which was also missing any evidence. We reported this in Origin Fett Film Still Not Confirmed, Despite 'Nuke' Post. Nuke The Fridge later retracted on their use of the word "confirmed."
January 2, 2014:<br/>Filmmaker Jon Schnepp spoke during a marathon YouTube event that Lawrence Kasdan is "for a fact" writing a Boba Fett spin-off film. We reported this in "AMC Movie Talk Guest Jon Schnepp 'Knows For a Fact' Boba Fett Spin-Off Is Happening." Despite multiple follow-ups for more information, Jon Schnepp did not get back to us.
January 16, 2014:<br/>An unnamed informant tells Latino Review that not only is Joe Johnston on the top of the list to direct a Boba Fett spin-off film, but Lawrence Kasdan has a script idea, which would veto the whole Episode 2 storyline. We reported this in "Joe Johnston 'Tops' List To Direct and Lawrence Kasdan’s Western 'Pitch' for Boba Fett 2018 Film, says Latino Review." No follow-up was provided by Latino Review.
April 24, 2014:<br/>An unnamed informant tells Jedi News UK that during a Disney-hosted executive breakfast that a Boba Fett spin-off film was mentioned. No photos, no names, and no direct quotes were provided. We reported this in "Disney May Not Make Rumored Boba Fett Spin-Off Film Because He’s No Hero." No follow-up was provided by JediNews. The story seemed unusual since "Maleficent," a Disney movie about a villain, is all over billboards / commercials at this time.
May 6, 2014<br/>Disney CEO Bob Iger <span style="background:green; color:#fff;"]confirmed</span> on an investor conference call that at least three spin-off films are being targeted by 2020. In other words, we're to expect one "saga" film (e.g. Episode 7), then one off-saga film (e.g. spin-off) every year. No further details were mentioned. The audio of this call is saved online.
May 15, 2014<br/>German fan site receives a tip from an unnamed informant, suggesting a training event at Hasbro has revealed the subjects of all the upcoming Star Wars films. We reported this in "Rumored Boba Fett Spin-Off Film Reportedly Name-Dropped at Hasbro Training Event." While the rumor spread like wildfire, only some sites receive notice from Hasbro PR to take down the news, although it's unclear why (e.g. misinformation or just negative press).
May 22, 2014<br/>Lucasfilm <span style="background:green; color:#fff;"]confirmed</span> Gareth Edwards is the director of a stand-alone Star Wars film. No title was mentioned. We reported this in Is Gareth Edwards ("Monsters," "Godzilla") to Direct the Rumored Boba Fett Film?.
June 4, 2014<br/>Lucasfilm <span style="background:green; color:#fff;"]confirmed</span> John Trank is the director of a second stand-along Star Wars film. No title or screenwriter is mentioned. We reported this in Is Josh Trank ("Chronicle," "Fantastic Four") to Direct the Rumored Boba Fett Film?.
June 11, 2014<br/>Movie review site received a tip from an unnamed informant, suggesting that Lawrence Kasdan is writing the rumored Boba Fett stand-alone film. No quote or "new information" was mentioned. We reported this in "Lawrence Kasdan 'Scoop' Alongside Rumored Boba Fett Film Hits Blogosphere Again". When we got in touch with the website, they were unconvincing to us in backing up their definitive announcement.
June 20, 2014<br/>See the top of this article for the latest rumor.
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