Star Wars: Boba Fett Screen Test Circa 1978

This is really cool.

Over the weekend, the official Star Wars YouTube account posted this neat video of this early screen test of one of the most iconic Star Wars characters ever!

We all know and love Boba Fett. He made his first brief appearance the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special in late 1978 and made his first canon appearance in Star Wars‘ mega sequel, The Empire Strikes Back in 1980.

His stoic presence in Empire is menacing and his cunning leads to our heroes’ downfall come the end of the picture. The green outfit and mysterious helmet are part of Star Wars lore and are arguably as iconic as anything in the universe.

This little introduction to the character, hosted by sound designer Ben Burtt, features an all white costume and details all off the bounty hunter’s suit features, presumably for the big man himself, George Lucas, to sign off on.

It’s a really neat video and essential viewing for any fan of Star Wars and this iconic character!

Many have seen the early Ralph McQuarrie sketches of Boba Fett sporting the all-white helmet and armor. What you haven’t seen is the original white Fett costume in action. A videotape was rolling to capture “proto Fett’s” reveal to Lucas and company at the filmmaker’s home on June 28, 1978. In the video, sound designer Ben Burtt “hosts” Fett’s reveal, describing the different weapons, functions, and characteristics of the costume (worn by Empire’s assistant film editor Duwayne Dunham for the test).

Topics: Behind The Scenes, Ben Burtt, Boba Fett, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back

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