Temuera Morrison says he felt ‘a sense of responsibility’ to bring his Māori to ‘The Book of Boba Fett’

Han Solo may have (accidentally) shot Boba Fett the last time the smuggler and bounty hunter crossed paths in the 1983s Return of the Jedi. But if Solo shoots a Luke Skywalker and makes an appearance in the new Disney + series Boba Fett’s book, he’d better prepare for his own close encounter with the Sarlacc thanks to his helmeted enemy.

“It won’t be a pretty sight for him,” Boba’s alter ego actor Temuera Morrison promised Yahoo Entertainment about the possibility of a rematch with the iconic Harrison Ford. Star wars personage. “Since he was responsible for my Sarlacc experience, I owe him a lot. He will go to this Sarlacc and more!” (Watch our video interview above.)

Created by Jon Favreau, Boba Fett’s book picks up after the character’s big reintroduction into the streaming sensation The Mandalorian and reveals how well Boba managed to get out of the stomach of the creature that inhabit the famous Great Carkoon Pit of Tatooine. (As the internet has noted, comedian Patton Oswalt accurately predicted Fett’s escape during a 2013 episode of Parks and recreation.) And Morrison relished the chance to find out what the character’s life is like after Sarlacc.

“It’s a great opportunity to get this character out of the chasm where he has been lost since the 1980s,” said the New Zealand-born actor, who first entered the Star wars franchise in the 2002 prequel, Attack of the Clones, playing the “father” of the cloned Boba, Jango Fett. “We’re removing all of those outer layers of Boba… and the point of the series is to find that core of what makes him vibrate.”

Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen star in new Disney + Star wars series, Boba Fett’s book. (Photo: Disney +)

Fortunately, Boba doesn’t have to walk this path to self-discovery on his own: he teams up with fellow bounty hunter, Fennec Shand, played by Ming-Na Wen. By working together, the duo attempt to fill the considerable void left by Tatooine’s dethroned hub, Jabba the Hutt. And while Fennec enforced Boba’s orders during the first two episodes of Boba Fett’s book, Wen reflected on what might happen if and when the two allies come to blows.

When asked who she thinks would emerge victorious in this battle, the Mulan star bets on … herself. “I’ll say Fennec – don’t hate me!” She laughs. Morrison graciously concedes his inevitable defeat. “I’ll just take the punishment: she wins.”

As well as continuing the story of Boba Fett himself, Boba Fett’s book are also based on a common thread introduced in The Mandalorian reframing our collective understanding of the nomadic people of the Tatooine sands, the Tusken Raiders. Originally featured in George Lucas’ original 1977 blockbuster as Dangerous Villains (also known as the “Sand People”), the two series instead position them as the indigenous people of the planet watching their birthplace. and its resources to be appropriated by potential colonizers.

Boba Fett takes over the throne previously occupied by Jabba the Hutt in The Book of Boba Fett (Photo: Disney +)

Boba Fett takes over the throne previously occupied by Jabba the Hutt in The Book of Boba Fett (Photo: Disney +)

Boba experiences this shift in perspective when captured by a Tusken tribe after escaping from the Great Pit of Carkoon. The second episode which has just been broadcast describes his evolution from prisoner to ally, as he helps the nomads to hijack a spice transport train that crosses their territory. The streak ends with Boba successfully ensuring that his tribe receives reparations for this use of their land in the form of a toll.

This story resonates with Morrison, who traces his ancestors back to New Zealand’s own indigenous tribe, the Maori. “We know all about this word ‘colonized’,” he says. “It is a great opportunity for me as a Maori from New Zealand to put ourselves back on the world stage. I feel a sense of responsibility.”

And Morrison took that responsibility seriously by laying down his legacy – literally. “I put the name of one of my ancestors on my chair, my locker room and on my parking space,” he recalls. “So when I arrived there was the name of my ancestor: Tama-te-kapua, one of the captains who crossed the Pacific and arrived in [New Zealand]. It gave me a sense of pride … and a sense of responsibility for the people back home who will be able to watch some of this stuff. ”

Morrison says he felt responsible for bringing his Maori heritage to the Book of Boba Fett.  (Photo: Disney +)

Morrison says he felt a “sense of responsibility” for bringing his Maori heritage to all of Boba Fett’s book. (Photo: Disney +)

For her part, Wen appreciated the opportunity to learn more about her co-star’s culture, and she has a special request when the series has an inevitable season 2 revival. “I want to learn the haka”, the actress told Morrison, referring to the traditional Maori ceremonial dance. (The second episode ends with Boba joining his Tusken tribe in a haka-like dance.) “And I would be, you would be an amazing teacher for that!” We would like to see this chapter in Boba Fett’s book.

– Video directed by Anne Lilburn and edited by Steve Michel

Boba Fett’s book is currently airing on Disney +.

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