‘The Mandalorian’: Temuera Morrison Talks Incorporating Maori Culture and Plays Coy About Reprising Boba Fett Role Anytime Soon

Last Friday, we finally got to see the true return of Boba Fett thanks to The Mandalorian episode directed by Robert Rodriguez, which saw Jango Fett actor Temuera Morrison inhabit the role and give him a coolness factor he didn’t get with the original trilogy as he was a much more effective warrior.

The Maori actor talked to The New York Times about how he added his culture to the role and played super coy about reprising the Boba Fett anytime soon despite reports from Deadline that a project is currently filming focused the bounty hunter.

MORRISON: “I come from the Maori nation of New Zealand, the Indigenous people — we’re the Down Under Polynesians — and I wanted to bring that kind of spirit and energy, which we call wairua. I’ve been trained in my cultural dance, which we call the haka. I’ve also been trained in some of our weapons, so that’s how I was able to manipulate some of the weapons in my fight scenes and work with the gaffi stick, which my character has.”

MORRISON: “I’m just going to have to wait and see. I think a lot of it depends on how things go with this season, but I don’t really know. I wanted to bring everything I had to that [episode] and give them a glimmer of what I can offer. There’s room for this to go someplace. I hope I’m going to be included.”

Boba Fett mentions in the episode that his father Jango Fett was a foundling that eventually fought in the Mandalorian Civil Wars, re-establishing the pair as “real Mandalorians” after it had been alluded that the pair were grifters pretending to be Mandalorians. The image upgrade could have something to do with this Boba Fett project that is apparently shooting but it remains to be seen where in the Star Wars timeline the show will take place.

SOURCE: THE NEW YORK TIMES

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