The small screen Star Wars galaxy is expanding rapidly – for the next Disney+ adventure, we’re getting to know big bad bounty hunter Boba Fett a whole lot better. Rising from the Sarlacc pit into which he flew in Return Of The Jedi, The Book Of Boba Fett sees the iconic character go gangster, taking over the “power vacuum” left by Jabba The Hutt and ruling Tattooine with an impeccably armoured fist.
Empire’s The Book Of Boba Fett issue hits shelves on Thursday 25 November – pre-order online here – but before then, here’s a quick look at the features and spreads inside…
The Book Of Boba Fett
Boba Fett lives! In this world-exclusive feature, Empire speaks to Boba himself, Temuera Morrison, plus co-star Ming-Na Wen, Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Robert Rodriguez and Kathleen Kennedy about the bounty hunter’s criminal underworld career-change, and their relationship to one of the galaxy’s most popular bad guys.
40 years on, Daniel LaRusso is still crane-kicking higher than ever. Ahead of the fourth season of Cobra Kai arriving on Netflix, we talked to The Karate Kid himself about the ups and downs of his career, what convinced him to come back to the world of Cobra Kai, and what we can look forward to when The Karate Kid Pt. III antagonist Terry Silver returns.
Ralph Macchio photographer by Dylan Coulter. Shot exclusively for Empire on Wed 8th September 2021 at Pier 59 Studios, New York City.
Styling by John Tan. Grooming by Bruce Wayne.
We talk to Jessica Chastain about The 355, and how she took inspiration from America’s first female spies to create a new kind of espionage thriller with a spy squad of stellar women at its heart.
West Side Story
Who better to adapt one of film’s most iconic and beloved musicals, than one of the medium’s most iconic and beloved directors? With Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story hitting cinemas in December, we spoke to him and his team on some of their version’s key scenes, and how they’re bringing a fresh edge to this cinematic classic.
Paul Thomas Anderson
With Licorice Pizza on the horizon, the director talks to us in a very personal interview about his fascination with the San Fernando Valley, how his childhood and family have influenced his filmmaking, and why, to him, Quadrophenia feels like a sci-fi movie.
Review Of The Year
As 2021 draws to a close, we look back at an epic 12 months of film and television, picking some standout moments from a year that was anything but usual. There’s seagulls, puppets, monsters, terrifying twists, suitcase scandals and more, plus our top 10 film and TV lists are revealed.
Our Spellbinder Of The Year award goes to none other than Agatha Harkness herself, Kathryn Hahn. Her scene-stealing performance in WandaVision and the impossibly catchy soundtrack to her villainous reveal made for some of the great TV moments in 2021. With solo show House Of Harkness now confirmed, we spoke to her about what made Agatha so fun to play, stepping out of her supporting role shadow, and singing her own iconic theme song.
Kathryn Hahn: Shot exclusively for Empire on Tuesday 2nd November at DUST Studios in Los Angeles by photographer Art Streiber.
Makeup by Jo Baker at Forward Artists using Sisley Paris.
Hair by Marilee Albin for Davines Haircare at Solo Artists.
Nails: Jenna Hipp at Nailing Hollywood.
Styling: Jill & Jordan at The Wall Group.
This month’s round-up of all the film (and TV) news that matters includes a look at the future of Star Wars’ TV empire with Kathleen Kennedy, exclusive images from the mayhem coming in Michael Bay’s Ambulance, we talk to Scott Derrickson and Ethan Hawke about the making of the mask in The Black Phone and much, much more.
Reviews this month include Joel Coen’s The Tragedy Of Macbeth, Jane Campion’s simmering Western The Power Of The Dog, latest MCU instalment Eternals, animated wonder Encanto, Amazon’s fantasy epic The Wheel Of Time and much more.
In our home entertainment section this month, we celebrate 40 years of werewolf classic The Howling with director Joe Dante, reflect on five of The Sopranos most iconic characters with Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa, rank the Bond movie songs definitively, and Garth Marenghi writes a world-exclusive piece for us on all the horror masterpieces that could have been.
Find the issue on newsstands from Thursday 25 November.