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In 2002, Star Wars fans learned that fan favorite bounty hunter character Boba Fett was actually a person of color under that distinctive green helmet.  Young Boba Fett was played by actor Daniel Logan, who is of Maori descent.  Fans also learned that Fett was a clone of Jango Fett, a character played by Temuera Morrison,  who is also of Maori descent.  Presumably, the adult Boba Fett would grow up to look exactly like Morrison.  

(Logan is depicted in the above images as a young kid in Episode II and dressed up in Boba Fett’s armor in a fan photoshoot.)

This week, Disney announced plans to produce a new Star Wars movie featuring Boba Fett as the central character.  If the casting for this character remains consistent and is not whitewashed, this Boba Fett film will be one of the most high profile Hollywood lead roles for a Maori actor, ever.

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