Who Will Timothy Olyphant Play In THE MANDALORIAN?

News about the second season of The Mandalorian comes at a rapid pace these days. Not that we’re complaining! The first season was an excellent dive into never-before-seen corners of the Star Wars universe. It thrilled us, delighted us, and even gifted us with the internet’s collective son: Baby Yoda.

Season two promises even more joy for Star Wars fans. Rosario Dawson will almost certainly play Ahsoka Tano. Katee Sackhoff will join the cast as her Rebels character Bo-Katan. Temuera Morrison is set to play the role of Boba Fett. And word leaked from SlashFilm last week that Timothy Olyphant is on board as well, and will even don Boba Fett’s trademark Mandalorian armor (though he won’t actually play the bounty hunter).

What could this mean? And have we already seen his character in The Mandalorian? Fans of Chuck Wendig’s canon Aftermath novels know the most likely answer, but if you’re not familiar, here’s a rundown of what we can (probably) expect from season two of The Mandalorian.

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An image of Timothy Olyphant and Boba Fett that speculates the former’s role in The MANDALORIAN.FX Networks / Lucasfilm

Who is Cobb Vanth?

The last time we saw Boba Fett in the Star Wars universe, he was falling into the Sarlacc pit on Tatooine. He was presumed dead, but fans have long speculated that he might have made it out. This is Star Wars, after all, where a character like Darth Maul is severed in half and still comes back for seconds.

Morrison’s casting seemingly confirms Fett’s survival, but what about his armor? In Wendig’s Aftermath novels, we meet a character named Cobb Vanth, a Tatooine native who steals a set of Mandalorian gear—found by Jawas—from Adwin Charu, a member of a shady organization known as the Red Key Syndicate. He then dons the armor and declares himself the mayor of Freetown, a settlement on Tatooine. While it’s never outright stated, it’s heavily hinted that the armor in question is Boba Fett’s.

We don’t know much more about Vanth, as his story is told through the POV of other characters. He was once a slave on Tatooine, much like Anakin Skywalker, and has a star-shaped scar on his back that once marked his ownership. Described as a skilled combatant and stern leader, he’s also dedicated to making Freetown a safe and stable home for his community. Sounds like the perfect sort of character for The Mandalorian… and maybe one we’ve seen before.

A mysterious figure seen in the first season of The Mandalorian.Lucasfilm

How could he fit into The Mandalorian?

Episode five of the first season of The Mandalorian, appropriately titled “The Gunslinger,” ended with a mysterious figure hovering over the body of Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) on Tatooine. Fans immediately speculated that this was Boba Fett, mostly due to the distinguished sound of spurs clinking that accompanied his presence. And while Fett doesn’t wear spurs (nor does the figure from the episode), his armor does make the same clinking sound.

Now that we have reason to believe Olyphant will play Vanth, it seems way more likely that that’s who we saw here. The identity of the figure was left to our imaginations, but there’s no way the show won’t return to this moment. Perhaps all of the events of “The Gunslinger” took place near Freetown. Maybe Shand survived and we’ll see her again.

Of course, this is pure speculation for now. Olyphant’s role has yet to be confirmed, and it most likely won’t be until the second season of The Mandalorian hits Disney+ later this year.

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