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The world of Yellowjackets officially collided with the galaxy far, far away Wednesday in the third episode of The Book of Boba Fett. Well, sort of. Fans have noticed that the latest chapter of The Mandalorian spinoff features an appearance from actress Sophie Thatcher, who plays the young version of Juliette Lewis' Natalie on Showtime's acclaimed riff on Lord of the Flies.
"So happy I can finally post about this, but it was an absolute honor to be apart of the Star Wars universe," she wrote on her Instagram page ahead of the show's premiere in late December. "Very excited for everyone to see it and my character."
Thatcher plays a member of an unnamed Mos Espa street gang known for enhancing their bodies with spare droid parts. Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) is asked to get rid of the rapscallions by a local water purveyor (guest star Stephen Root), whose aqueous wares have been stolen by the young rascals. Instead of teaching them a lesson they'll never forget, the new Daimyo decides to bring them into his inner circle — a decision that pays off when the Wookiee bounty hunter known as Black Krrsantan attempts to assassinate a bacta-soaking Boba on behalf of the Hutts.
In addition to their robotic upgrades, the gang is also defined by its penchant for riding speeder bikes that resemble the gleaming muscle cars of the 1950s and '60s. This could be a sly nod to George Lucas's love of drag racing as a youth that manifested itself in the director's 1973 coming-of-age, film: American Graffiti (released four years before Star Wars: A New Hope). The concept got a thrilling sci-fi twist in The Phantom Menace during the famous pod racing sequence.
Given the amount of loyalty they showed to Fett in their hot pursuit of Mok Shaiz's Majordomo (David Pasquesi), it stands to reason that the group will play an instrumental part in helping the former bounty hunter seize control of Mos Espa from the Pyke Syndicate.
At the same time, it's not far-fetched to assume that Fett will reciprocate that sense of devotion. He has a strong sense of family — not only from his father, Jango Fett (also played by Morrison in Attack of the Clones), but also from his time spent with the Tusken Raiders following the events of Return of the Jedi. Coming back to their destroyed camp obviously came as a crushing blow, and it'll be interesting to see how he exacted revenge against the party responsible (it seems that little tiff at Toschi Station came back to bite Boba in the butt).
Episodes 1-3 of The Book of Boba Fett are now streaming on Disney+.