In the 21st Century, one of Hollywood’s most difficult tasks is ensuring that movie secrets don’t hit the internet. There are filmmakers who have made keeping secrets an artform like J.J.Abrams, but despite all the security and planning leaks are inevitable and in some cases completely accidental.
The main culprits for unintentional reveals are the toy manufacturers who provide the merchandising tie-ins to big blockbusters and it seems that even an experienced giant such as LEGO is far from faultless.
In this case, the construction toy may have just revealed a major plot point for upcoming Star Wars movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, with a promotional still which shows the possible involvement of a fan-favorite character that hasn’t been seen since Return of the Jedi, Boba Fett.
At the Nuremberg Toy Fair in late January, the LEGO Group showed off some of its upcoming Star Wars product lines as part of a presentation for attendees. The slide mentioned all of the Star Wars product categories you would expect: The Force Awakens, Rebels, Classic Star Wars and Rogue One, along with what appears to be a “TV Series” category (which could be tied in to rumors of a new LEGO Star Wars series along the same lines as The Yoda Chronicles and Droid Tales.) The really interesting thing about this is that the Rogue One category features an image that bears an almost unmistakable resemblance to Slave I, Boba Fett’s ship.
Given the timeline for the movie, it is more than a possibility that Fett could appear in the movie. The story takes place prior to the original trilogy, around the time that Fett would be making a name for himself as a bounty hunter, and it’s already been rumored that bounty hunters would play a big part in the story. Other original trilogy characters such as Darth Vader and possibly even a young Han Solo are expected to appear as well, so it’s not like Fett would be out of place.
From a merchandising standpoint, having Fett (and Slave I) in the film would also give Disney/Lucasfilm an iconic ship for toys and other merchandise that stands out from the rest (similar to the updated Millennium Falcon and Poe Dameron’s black X-Wing in The Force Awakens.)
There is also a Boba Fett anthology film rumored to be in development for a 2020 release, so it’s possible that Fett will appear early to establish a new actor in the role and set up the events of that movie. Han Solo is rumored to appear in Rogue One prior to his solo anthology film, so from a planning stand point, it makes sense to do the same for Fett.
As there has been no confirmation regarding Fett’s involvement, this is still only speculation and isn’t the first time that a LEGO set has been said to reveal movie plot points only for that to be incorrect. If LEGO have, however, given away a Star Wars secret, then it is unlikely to be long before Disney/LucasFilm make an official announcement.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released on December 16th, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017 andd the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by a third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.