The Book of Boba Fett contains Sneaky Ralph McQuarrie Concept Art Easter Egg

Arguably more than any other Star Wars story, the live-action adventures of the galaxy far, far away at Disney + have seen several Easter eggs included, respecting all corners of the franchise, with Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett is no exception. At one point in the latest episode of the series, a speeder chase follows through the streets of Mos Espa, resulting in a speeder crashing through a painting by Jabba the Hutt that was transported through the firing line. This piece is a re-creation of concept art created for iconic artist Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

The painting only briefly appears in the episode and earns a few seconds of screen time before being destroyed. The audience does not learn the origin of the painting or what its ultimate destination could have been, but the details of the painting will certainly ignite some interesting theories about its history.

(Photo: Lucasfilm)
(Photo: Lucasfilm)

As you can see in the concept art above, the scene is meant to depict the encounter Luke Skywalker has in Jabba’s palace where he tried to save his friends. The final appearance of the sequence in The return of the Jedi would look a little different as Luke would wear a cloak and stand on a grate over the robbery grave, even though the architecture of the site and the range of supernatural characters resemble the finished film.

On the painting in the episode, however, Luke is noticeably absent. It was clearly a decision from The book about Boba Fett‘s production team, but this is likely to spark some speculation as to why the painting apparently depicts a particular moment, just so that Luke’s involvement can change.

Interestingly, a closer look at the painting in the episode will not only reveal Luke’s omission, but you can also see Boba Fett himself just behind Bib Fortuna, which apparently confirms that the painting was intended to interpret a specific encounter Jabba once had and was depicted from a particular vantage point. Whether the audience should assume that this is intended to tease a deliberate omission of Skywalker, or whether it was merely an aesthetic choice on the part of the production side, has not yet been revealed.

New sections of Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett premieres at Disney + every Wednesday.

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