Did Mandalorian season 2 use the plot of a defeated Star Wars movie?

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The first episode of The Mandalorian Season 2 features a major plot point that is remarkably similar to the story plan previously rumored for a standalone Boba Fett Star Wars movie.

Warning: spoilers follow for Season 2, Episode 1 of The Mandalorian.

In 2014, a report suggested that The Empire Strikes Back and The Force Awakens co-writer Lawrence Kasdan had released a Boba Fett solo film that would be about “a complete stranger killing Boba Fett and taking his armor, starting a Man-with-Nameless Bounty Hunter Tale. ”

The Mandalorian Season 2 premiere episode, “The Marshal,” features a character who took Boba Fett’s armor for himself and now wears it while protecting the Tatooine settlement of Mos Pelgo. While not exactly the same plot, there is a notable similarity here, as a character largely foreign to audiences (aside from those who may have read the Star Wars Aftermath novels) and now walks around dressed in Boba Fett.

Provided the rumors about the Boba Fett movie plot are true, it wouldn’t be the first time Star Wars has taken old, unmade ideas and used them as the basis for something new. A 2015 art book gathering concept works for The Force Awakens features images of an underwater Death Star, which is said to have been included in a scene in Episode VII where Rey explores the sunken wreck. This scene was of course not part of The Force Awakens, but of an underwater Death Star made appear in The Rise of Skywalker. We may see a similar case with The Marshal.

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For more on The Mandalorian, check out our Season 2, Episode 1 review, and the prequel Easter egg trilogy we spotted.

Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK news and entertainment editor.

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