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This is getting interesting. While nothing is confirmed (at least until Andi and Anthony break the news on an episode of the Webby Awards winning The Star Wars Show) Slashfilm are claiming that Timothy Olyphant will be wearing the armour of Boba Fett, playing the role of Cobb Vanth, first seen in the Aftermath trilogy in season two of The Mandalorian.

Our sources have confirmed to us that Olyphant filmed scenes wearing Boba Fett’s Mandalorian armor for the upcoming second season of The Mandalorian. That might sound confusing because earlier this month it was reported that Temuera Morrison, who originated the role of Jango Fett (Boba’s clone father), had been cast as Boba Fett. So what’s going on here?

If Morrison is playing the role of Boba Fett, then Timothy Olyphant is playing an enigmatic character named Cobb Vanth. Introduced in Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath book series, Vanth is the self-appointed sheriff of the Tatooine-based settlement Freetown. He wears a mysterious set of Mandalorian armor that was acquired from Jawas who scavenged the wreckage of Jabba the Hutt’s sail barge shortly after the events of Return of the Jedi. As you may recall, that was the site of a battle where Boba Fett was thrown into the Sarlacc Pit on Tatooine’s Dune Sea. It’s assumed that the Mandalorian armor purchased by Vanth is none other than the infamous green armor formerly worn by one of the galaxy’s most notorious bounty hunters, Boba Fett.

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Very little has been revealed about Vanth’s backstory, only that he was once a slave, as evidenced by a star-shaped scar carved into his back, signifying ownership. With the fall of gangster Jabba the Hut, a power vacuum has consumed Tatooine, drawing all sorts of crime syndicates to take over the unruled landscape. Cobb has committed his life in the service of protecting Freetown and keeping criminal elements, like the Red Key Raiders, away from Tatooine. He even struck a deal with the Tusken Raiders to help protect the township.

It’s all conjecture at the moment, but if Vanth is in Fett’s armour, and Temuera Morrison is back playing Fett – presumably in different armour – or playing Rex alongside Ahsoka, who has history with the Mandalorians…you get my drift, this could get really interesting.

Justified: The Complete Series
  • Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter (Actors)
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  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)