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Jon Hamm, from “Mad Men,” Makes Star Wars Comeback as Boba Fett in “Return of the Jedi” Anthology

by Lidia Lucovic

A Star Wars: Return of the Jedi anthology is set to feature the reprise of Jon Hamm from “Mad Men” as the voice actor for Boba Fett. Titled “From a Certain Point of View: Return of the Jedi,” this anthology comprises 40 short stories commemorating the 40th anniversary of the film. Each story offers a fresh perspective on the events of Return of the Jedi, focusing on lesser-known and background characters rather than the main trio of Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, and Han Solo. Similar anthologies were produced for the 40th anniversaries of “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back.”

USA Today has confirmed Hamm’s return to voice Fett for the audiobook version of the upcoming anthology, building on his portrayal of the bounty hunter in previous editions of “From a Certain Point of View.” An excerpt from the short story titled “Reputation,” written by Tara Sims, has also been released. This excerpt depicts Fett’s delivery of Han Solo, frozen in carbonite, to Jabba the Hutt.

Boba Fett’s Ascent to Crime Lord

The provided excerpt not only offers an alternative viewpoint of Return of the Jedi but also lays the foundation for Fett’s transformation into a crime lord in Disney+’s “The Book of Boba Fett” series. After delivering Solo to the formidable Jabba the Hutt, Fett reflects on how he is being used by Jabba. Despite his years of cultivating a reputation, Fett realizes he is merely a symbol of status. The excerpt also explores Fett’s contemplation of occupying Jabba’s throne and his unease with Jabba’s treatment of his Twi’lek dancer.

Fett’s dissatisfaction with his current role drives him to envision becoming a more honorable crime lord than Jabba, a narrative that unfolds in “The Book of Boba Fett.” This seamless progression from Return of the Jedi to “The Mandalorian” and “The Book of Boba Fett” offers a natural character evolution. The excerpt also alludes to Fett’s loss of Solo to Crimson Dawn and his maneuver to outsmart the bounty hunter Valance, actions portrayed in the “War of the Bounty Hunters” comic by Charles Soule.

The “From a Certain Point of View” anthologies provide a delightful celebration of the original Star Wars films, elevating the perspectives of secondary and background characters. Simultaneously, these stories establish meaningful connections across various Star Wars media. Given that “The Book of Boba Fett” is intricately linked to events, characters, and settings in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, utilizing a Boba Fett story to set the stage for his crime lord journey is a logical choice. Hamm’s distinctive voice enriches the audiobook version, breathing life into the narrative.

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