It’s been over a year since Star Wars: The Force Awakens catapulted to the top of the all-time domestic box office and audiences are eager for more. But fans who can’t wait to find out whether Rey is truly a member of the Skywalker family are actually already one step closer to answers. Director Rian Johnson and the cast have begun production on The Last Jedi, announcing the returning cast and new additions like Oscar winners Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern.
As this new trilogy develops, we can’t help but wonder if any other familiar faces will be joining the film. Here are a few classic original trilogy characters who could show up in the saga’s next installment. For the record, we’re keeping Darth Vader off this list for now. That’s a topic for another day.
1. Obi-Wan Kenobi
Hardcore Star Wars fans probably know by now that Ewan McGregor — whose Obi-Wan remains one of the highlights of the prequel trilogy — recorded a line of dialogue for Rey’s vision in The Force Awakens, in which he tells her that “these are [her] first steps.” Considering the persistent rumors about the actor reprising the role in either one of the new films or a solo release set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, it isn’t hard to imagine him showing up in Episode VIII as a Force ghost to guide either Luke and/or Rey as they prepare to take on Snoke and the First Order.
2. Lando Calrissian
Given the climactic events of The Force Awakens (no spoilers here!), one would think that Lando Calrissian might be motivated to lend a hand to the Resistance in their struggle. After all, the character was integral to the destruction of the second Death Star in Return of the Jedi, and even before The Force Awakens, rumors swirled that Billy Dee Williams could make some kind of appearance in the new film. Now that the sequel is rolling around, re-introducing Lando here could nicely mirroring his introduction in the second film of the original trilogy.
Like Obi-Wan, Yoda made a very brief vocal cameo during Rey’s vision, and considering his place in the saga as the quintessential Jedi Master, it’s hard to imagine the character not playing some kind of role in the new trilogy. The films have already established that he has become one with the Force and can guide Luke from beyond the grave just as Obi-Wan did in the original trilogy. Plus, since he’s a puppet/CGI character, there’s virtually nothing preventing the filmmakers from simply getting Frank Oz to record a few lines for Episode VIII.
4. Boba Fett
According to canon, Boba Fett perished in the belly of the Sarlacc during the events of Return of the Jedi. However, while the novels that revealed he survived that ordeal have been since re-branded under the “Legends” banner, this fan-favorite bounty hunter could easily have his fate rewritten by the new films. Had he survived, Boba Fett would probably be in his 60s or so by the time the events of The Force Awakens take place. That’s only a few years off from the age of Temuera Morrison, the New Zealand actor who played Jango Fett in the prequel trilogy and subsequently voiced Boba in later editions of the original trilogy. Since Boba was an unaltered clone of Jango, bringing Morrison back — even in a small role — could be a brilliant stroke of continuity that links all three trilogies together. Besides, no one wants that infamously lame death scene to be the last we see of good ol’ Boba, right?
5. Wedge Antilles
Despite limited screen time, Denis Lawson transformed Rebel Alliance pilot Wedge Antilles into a popular character of his own, linking all three of the original films together as he battled alongside the likes of Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian. Lawson reportedly turned down a cameo role in The Force Awakens (likely during the same scene that features Admiral “It’s a trap!” Ackbar), but if nephew Ewan McGregor re-joins the saga, perhaps Lawson can be convinced to finally make his long-awaited return to the galaxy far, far away.
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