Jar Jar Binks Actor Ahmed Best Is Coming Back To ‘Star Wars’ In a New Game Show
The Star Wars prequels are some of the most picked-at movies in the franchise. A lot of criticism comes from pacing and underdeveloped or poorly-written characters. But a crop of fans grew up with these prequels and loved them just as much as the originals.
Because of this, there’s a whole new appreciation for Jar Jar Binks. The actor behind the alien is getting his own Star Wars game show, coming to Disney+ in 2020.
The game show is for kids, hosted by Jar Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best
According to ScreenRant, the new show Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge is geared towards kids. It “will test contestants’ core Jedi principles of bravery, strength, and knowledge.” The rank of Jedi Knight is the objective, and the kids will go through challenges and obstacles to gain that title.
“The various challenges will test a Padawan’s connection to the Force in three locations – a forest planet, onboard a Jedi star cruiser, and inside a Jedi Temple – immersing them and the audience in a fun, humorous, and exciting competition,” Senior Director of Online Programming & Content at Lucasfilm Mickey Capoferri said, according to Deadline.
It sounds very immersive, with the mysticism of the Jedi and the Force playing a crucial part for these kids. Best received a lot of praise on his Twitter and thanked everyone. He said that kids are what made Jar Jar Binks such a rewarding role. “In my most challenging times, it was always the smiles and energy of kids that loved #jarjarbjnks who lifted me up,” he said. “Thank you for this opportunity to give back to them.”
Best’s co-host will be a droid voiced by Mary Holland
Deadline also reported that the press release for the show said that Mary Holland will voice the droid that will be Best’s co-host. The robot is a “hilarious humanoid droid companion.”
She wrote on Twitter, “So pumped to be joining @ahmedbest as his droid buddy for this Star Wars kids’ game show that’s coming to Disney+ in 2020!!!! #jeditemplechallenge ⚔️” No word on how she’ll look, but it might be something along the lines of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s L3-37 in Solo.
Best’s Jar Jar Binks helped create the motion capture CGI we see today
Jar Jar Binks — despite all the flack certain parts of the fandom gave him — is one of the most critical figures in movie-making. In 2017, ScreenRant noted that Best’s Jar Jar was “the first fully-computer-generated supporting character in any film.” Best was the voice and actual figure for the character. He went on set in costume, and editors went in with CGI to make the character seem lifelike.
After a 2017 Wired video recapped the history of motion capture in film and subsequently left Best out, he did assert his place in said history.
“Jar Jar is bigger than just me or my performance,” he later wrote, “Jar Jar helped create the workflow, iteration process and litmus test for all CGI characters to this day on some days the code was being written in real-time as I was moving. To deny Jar Jar’s place in film history is to deny the hundreds of VFX technicians, animators, code writers, and producers their respect.”
He also wrote that “Jar Jar walked so Gollum could run. Gollum ran so the Na’vi could fly,” highlighting just how much Jar Jar did for the CGI characters we know and love to look at today.
Best voiced many different characters for Star Wars, and it’s only fitting that he’s hosting the first game show for the franchise. Disney+’s 2020 is already looking big.