T.J. Miller's Character in the 'Ready Player One' Movie Is Based on Boba Fett

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 - 12:23PM
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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 - 12:23PM
T.J. Miller's Character in the 'Ready Player One' Movie Is Based on Boba Fett
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T.J. Miller is about to undertake what might just become the defining role of his career. The comedic actor, who'll be appearing in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of the novel Ready Player One by Earnest Cline, is going to be playing a brand-new character, who didn't appear in the original source material: Boba Fett.

Ready Player One is about complex deathsports in a virtual world, like a cross between The Hunger Games and Tron, which results in a pop-culture reference fest that would make Scott Pilgrim blush. Miller will be playing a merciless bounty hunter named i-Rok who is obsessed with emulating his idol, the notorious Mandalorian mercenary with a penchant for disintegrations. According to Miller:

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"My character in the movie wants to be Boba Fett. Like that's his hero, his idol, which isn't far off for many Star Wars fans, myself included. I actually mimicked Boba Fett's voice. And in the original Star Wars he only ever speaks four or five times in the movies, so I could only learn from 'What about me? He's no good to me dead.' And then 'As you wish.' And I used the British actor's voice instead of the f***ing Australian's from the prequels – Lucas, you son of a bitch! – and so, I think it's actually a really fun character."
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Verbal abuse hurled at the very much not-Australian Temuera Morrison aside (he's from New Zealand), this does make Ready Player One something of a dream come true for fans who've been waiting a long time to see a version of Boba Fett return to the big screen.

One of the nice things about the large budget of a motion picture is there's an opportunity to play with big name character likenesses, thanks to deals with other studios. While we have yet to see how much Boba Fett is actually name-dropped in this movie, there's a good chance that (for the right price) Disney will be willing to let Warner Bros drop in the occasional visual reference to the galaxy's favorite Sarlacc snack.

The only potential downside to this is that Ready Player One could easily get bogged down with too much fanservice. Simply referencing Boba Fett is no good if the movie doesn't do anything special with i-Rok, and cluttering Ernest Cline's original story with too many new side characters is an easy way to ruin a promising film. Provided Steven Spielberg can rein it all in, this could be the Boba Fett movie (or an approximation thereof) that fans have been waiting for since Return of the Jedi.

Sorry, Temuera.

Ready Player One hits US theaters on March 30th, 2018.
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