Moments after Boba Fett killed Bib Fortuna and claimed Jabba’s throne at the end of the Season 2 finale of The Mandalorian, Disney+ surprised viewers with the announcement of a new companion series, The Book of Boba Fett. A trailer for the show dropped this week. It prominently featured the bounty hunter made famous by the original trilogy as well as Fennec Shand, who was introduced in The Mandalorian then showed up in The Bad Batch. But it also included a surprising quantity and variety of Star Wars aliens. These are the various species that will appear in The Book of Boba Fett.
The Jedi aren’t the only mysterious religious order in the galaxy; the B’Omarr Monks go way beyond what’s expected of Padawans. They believe in isolating their thoughts from physical sensations, and as such, they have their brains removed from their bodies and placed in nutrient-rich jars of liquid. To help them get around, they rely on four-to-six-legged droid walkers called BC-16s that give them the unsettling appearance of a brain in a jar on top of a mechanical bug. The B’Omarr Monks spread out far and wide and made their way to Tatooine, where they built a monastery. Jabba the Hutt, however, took possession of it and turned it into his palace. He let the strange beings stay because he found them delightfully creepy. The distinctive BC-16 appears at the beginning of the Book of Boba Fett trailer.
More commonly known as hammerheads, Ithorians hail from the planet Ithor, a lush jungle planet where peace and the preservation of the ecosystem are of paramount importance. They worship their “Mother Jungle” and are strict herbivores who outlawed hunting. These odd-looking pacifists vaguely resemble a hammerhead shark. They have two eyes atop their distinctly-shaped head. But even more unusually, they have a pair of mouths and four throats, which enable them to let out potentially dangerous screams, though they cannot speak Galactic Basic Standard. Most — but not all — are harmless and polite. At least two were bounty hunters on Tatooine.
Trandoshans, like Bossk, are better suited to careers like bounty hunting. These large, hardy creatures call the planet Trandosha home, but they’ve traveled the galaxy, frequently finding work as bodyguards or assassins. Trandoshans are reptilian and come in a wide range of colors, but they all have intimidating claws and the ability to regrow limbs, which is an enormous advantage in their line of business. That, combined with their superior hunting skills makes them one of Star Wars‘ more formidable species.
These aliens resemble sentient pigs if they were green and mildly influenced by the culture of Scotland. Gamorreans, who come from the Outer Rim planet Gamorr, live in clans. Each clan has both a male and female leader. The males (called boars) serve as warlords while the females (sows) serve as Clan Matrons. Often, a warlord and a Clan Matron will cement their bond and hold onto power through marriage. Gamorreans aren’t known for their intelligence. They’re born fighters, and conflict between clans is common. As seen in Return of the Jedi, Jabba saw fit to hire them as his palace guards.
The Aqualish are, like humans, a difficult species to easily classify. They’re naturally adaptable; they evolved to live in water but can also thrive on land and in space. And even more like humans, their personalities, political ideologies and allegiances are all over the map. Some supported the Republic and the Jedi, others aligned themselves with the Sith and eventually the Empire. They’re identifiable by their large black eyes (of which they can have either two or four), bald heads, hairy cheeks, tusks and facial appendages. Ponda Baba is an Aqualish, but since there are subspecies, they don’t all look the same.
Tuskens are the nomadic people who are indigenous to Tatooine, and they’re one of the first species Star Wars fans meet in A New Hope. Much like Dune’s Fremen, this group is perceived as hostile by outsiders because their way of life is shaped by the planet’s harsh climate. Tusken Raiders are humanoids with red eyes who cover themselves in cloth and masks to cope with the elements. They are fiercely protective of their water, food sources and territory, and they will resort to violence if trespassed upon or provoked. Their young men must slay a krayt dragon to prove their maturity, and they have strong bonds with banthas. Tuskens were depicted as villainous in Star Wars‘ original and prequel trilogies but were treated with more nuance later, especially in The Mandalorian.
One of the most recognizable and visually interesting Star Wars aliens, the Twi’lek have long, smooth head appendages called lekku. They come in just about every color in the rainbow, but their bodies otherwise resemble human beings. In fact, their anatomies are so similar, they can breed with humans, as was the case with Hera and Kanan in Star Wars Rebels. Twi’leks have their own language that involves both sounds and the movements of their lekku. They come from the planet Ryloth, one of the few in the Star Wars galaxy that, like Earth, has multiple climates, though its topography is more extreme. Unfortunately, since females are considered quite beautiful, they’re often sold into slavery.
These green and brown aliens with large browbones and exposed teeth come from Klatooine, another desert planet in the Outer Rim. Like Trandoshans, they make good bounty hunters, guards and fighters because of their stalky build and strength. However, those same traits mean that they were also frequent victims of the slave trader, where they were sold and used as laborers. They are often associated with the Hutts, so it’s no surprise they’ll be found in The Book of Boba Fett.
To see what other aliens show up, The Book of Boba Fett premieres on December 29.
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