The Star Wars saga is jam-packed with iconic heroes and villains. Anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock the last 30 years knows who Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader are. None of these characters would be what they are today though without the talented actors that brought them to life. Now, we have a whole new set of actors set to take on the next round of characters we’ll likely recognize for generations to come.
Already we have Adam Driver as the newest Sith lord, Kylo Ren. Paired alongside him in the “villain” category is Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) as Captain Phasma. On the other end of the aisle for our new heroes, we have Oscar Isaac as pilot Poe Dameron, while Daisy Ridley and John Boyega don the roles of Rey and Finn respectively.
But what of the next two movies? Benicio del Toro has already revealed that he plays a villain in Episode VIII, but past that we know little of the plans for the rest of the cast. That being so, we have some ideas for who should step in.
1. Idris Elba (hero)
Idris Elba already has a career that numbers him among Hollywood’s A-listers. He found his way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Heimdall, has been talked about as a potential candidate to be James Bond, and appeared in Star Trek Beyond. It only seems logical that such a prolific star would find his way into Star Wars as the newest member of the Jedi order. At that point, Elba could truly become the King of Fandoms, finding his way into Marvel, Star Trek, and Star Wars.
2. Christoph Waltz (villain)
There are few actors who make a better villain than Christoph Waltz. His work as the conniving Colonel Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds vaulted him into stardom, landing him prime roles left and right. It’s easy to imagine Waltz yet again suiting up in military garb to play a sinister general for the New Order, and even easier to picture him outsmarting our heroes at every turn.
3. Gal Gadot (hero)
Up until very recently, Gal Gadot was most known for her role in the Fast and Furious franchise. Nowadays though, you may recognize her best as DC and Warner Bros.’ choice to play Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, as well as in her own standalone 2017 film. It’s not a stretch to imagine her translating her time as a superhero into a regular hero in any of the next Star Wars movies. She’ll likely find herself plenty occupied by DC and Warner Bros. for the foreseeable future, but it doesn’t mean we wouldn’t want to see her flying an X-Wing.
4. Zoë Kravitz (villain)
Kravitz is another actor who is busy with a couple franchises of her own, after appearing in Divergent and Fantastics Beasts and Where to Find Them. Even so, her roles are somewhat minor, leaving her free to pursue other projects if she so chooses. She’s slowly making inroads in other blockbusters, having been a large part of Mad Max: Fury Road. Now, picture her donning robes and wielding a red lightsaber as the newest Sith apprentice terrorizing the galaxy.
5. Chris Pratt (hero)
We already know Chris Pratt can pull off “wise-cracking space rogue” from his role as Star Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy. With that, he would make a perfect protégé to Han Solo as the next generation of roguish smugglers. His climb to super-stardom has him busy with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Infinity War, and a Jurassic World sequel, but we’re sure he could make time to play Han Solo’s traveling companion.
6. Ian McKellen (villain)
At this point in his career, Sir Ian McKellen has no need to pad his resume. He’s been Magneto in X-Men, Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings, and even an elderly Sherlock Holmes in Mr. Holmes. The one fandom he has yet to invade though is Star Wars, and it’s time that changed. Ian McDiarmid’s Emperor Palpatine has long since passed, but that doesn’t mean the Emperor couldn’t have had an even more powerful sibling we never knew about. Enter Sir Ian, as the newest Force (pun absolutely intended) to be reckoned with.
7. Brie Larson (hero)
There are few actors in Hollywood right now trending upward the way Brie Larson is right now. After an Oscar win for her performance in Room, Larson found herself cast as Captain Marvel in the upcoming MCU film. That being so, it makes a whole lot of sense for her to find a way into the Star Wars universe as a hero, be it as a badass Jedi, or a Resistance fighter.
8. Michael Fassbender (villain)
Assassin’s Creed may have been a disappointment story wise, but it wasn’t for lack of an incredible performance from Michael Fassbender. The talented actor has made a career off of his ability to portray a calm, sinister demeanor, having taken on everything from Macbeth to Magneto. That being so, it’s not hard to picture him as a cunning First Order general, and a formidable foe for our heroes.
9. Steven Yeun (hero)
Steven Yeun has long since proved his chops as both an actor and a hero-type on AMC’s The Walking Dead. Throughout his lengthy run on the series, he deftly balanced a certain level of fear and caution with brave, heroic penchant for defending the ones he loves. And now that his services are no longer required by AMC, odds are his calendar just cleared up for a potential Star Wars appearance.
10. Viola Davis (villain)
Viola Davis is nothing short of a world class talent, evidenced by an incredible performance in Denzel Washington’s Fences. Additionally, her stint as Amanda Waller was one of the few highlights of Suicide Squad, setting her up well for a run as a Star Wars villain if she so chooses. The saga would be lucky to have her on board, while our heroes would likely dread whatever incredible big bad she would end up playing.
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