Mad Men’s John Hamm Cast As Boba Fett in New Star Wars Audio Project

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Jon Hamm is a multi-talented actor, known for his work on such shows as Mad Men and Good Omens. And now, fans can hear him give voice to the iconic character Boba Fett for a new Star Wars audiobook project that’s coming soon. Author Tara Sim has a new short story featuring the renowned bounty hunter in the collection From a Certain Point of View: Return of the Jedi in celebration of the film’s 40th anniversary. USA Today has more details and an excerpt on the new book release.


From a Certain Point of View: Return of the Jedi arrives this week from Random House Worlds. The book is an anthology collection with 40 different tales from the perspectives of various supporting characters throughout Return of the Jedi.

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Sim’s story for the anthology collection, “Reputation,” takes place in Jabba the Hutt’s palace before Fett gets swallowed by the Sarlacc pit as shown later in the film. Then, as we all know, his escape was depicted in The Book of Boba Fett limited series, and Hamm narrates the Boba Fett-centric story for the audiobook version of the upcoming release. In fact, the stories of the audiobook have an impressive voice-over cast, including Nika Futterman, Adam Scott, Sam Witwer, Marc Thompson, Sean Kenin Elias-Reyes, January LaVoy, and John Pirkis.

Speaking to USA Today on Hamm’s work on the audiobook, Sim stated, “Having an actor of his caliber read words that I wrote and bring that version of Boba to life is surreal, but also such an honor.”

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Sim also revealed that the character Han Solo inspired her short story. It takes place after Fett has delivered Han Solo in his carbonite stasis to Jabba, and the bounty hunter is now contemplating his next move. The author also stated on the project:

“I wanted to be in Boba’s head while he fulfills his contract with Jabba, and in the moments right before the Sarlacc, which meant that Han was the natural through line. It provided a really interesting backdrop to explore Boba’s pride in himself and his work, even though he’s just another one of Jabba’s hired hands – and could end up like Han if he’s not careful.”

– Tara Sim in USA Today
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The recently revealed excerpt depicts a scene in which Boba Fett brings the frozen-in-carbonite Han Solo to Jabba. Fett wants to be paid, but instead, Jabba offers Fett a long-term offer to come and work for him. It shows how cold Fett has become, and he only likes to work alone.

There’s also an interesting scene involving Dengar and Boba Fett about the dirty business of bounty hunting. Dengar warns Fett that it always goes bad for people like them in the end. Fett even makes a bet with Dengar that Solo’s rebel friends will come back for him.

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Overall, “Reputation” appears to be an interesting interlude for the character. It also hints at what would come for him later in The Book of Boba Fett, when Fett is done taking orders from crimelords and seeks to become a Daimyo himself after asserting control over Jabba the Hutt’s territory.

From a Certain Point of View: Return of the Jedi is available in hardcover and digital formats. You can listen to the audiobook version, featuring Jon Hamm voicing Boba Fett in Tara Sim’s Reputation.” It’s available in the audiobook format on


What do you think of the news? Are you excited about hearing John Hamm as Boba Fett in reputation? Do you plan on checking out this Return of the Jedi anthology book? Let us know your thoughts about the news on The Illuminerdi’s social media.


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