After ‘Solo’: These Star Wars Characters Also Need Their Own Movie
1. Darth Maul
Back in 1999, the first Star Wars prequel arrived in theaters with much anticipation. Among the tantalizing possibilities, a new bad guy with a double-bladed lightsaber named Darth Maul. He was basically Darth Vader, only he moved like a ninja and had a much cooler weapon. But then Obi-Wan Kenobi cut him in half and we never saw Maul on the big screen again — just one of the many errors of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
Diehard Star Wars fans know that Maul survived his bisecting, returning in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and having his story wrapped with one final duel against Kenobi on Star Wars Rebels. There is a comic book that’s currently exploring Maul’s life pre-Episode I, but why not do a movie? Bring back Darth Sidious and show us the many different evil adventures of Maul leading up to the start of the saga as we currently know it.
2. Lando Calrissian
One of the coolest things about Solo is Lando Calrissian, the smuggler’s good friend who was previously portrayed by Billy Dee Williams in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. In the new film, Lando is being played by actor Donald Glover, and the casting is spot-on. While a Han Solo prequel truly isn’t necessary to understand the character, a Lando prequel has serious potential.
Bringing back Glover and showing us Calrissian’s early life, what led him to his life of gambling and debauchery, and how he ended up the administrator of the mining facility at Bespin would be extremely worth watching. Maybe Han and Chewie could even make a cameo appearance?
3. Mace Windu
Samuel L. Jackson, who played Jedi Master Mace Windu in the three prequel movies, has gone to great lengths to try to convince Lucasfilm head honcho Kathleen Kennedy that his character survived the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. If you’ll recall, Windu’s arm was cut off by Anakin Skywalker and he was Force-lightning’d out the window of a skyscraper by Darth Sidious. But we’ve seen Jedi survive long falls before, and if Maul can be brought back anything is possible.
There is probably a pretty cool story to be told here. Jackson is at the perfect age to play a beaten down Mace, maybe 15 or so years after Order 66 and well into the cruel reign of the Empire. A faction of rebels could pull Windu out of hiding for an assassination attempt on Darth Vader, leaving us with an awesome final battle between the broken former master and pupil. It’s admittedly a bit out there, but what Star Wars fan wouldn’t want to see it?
4. Darth Plagueis
There was an excellent novel titled Darth Plagueis written by James Luceno back in 2012, chronicling the Sith’s life and relationship with his apprentice, Darth Sidious. But since that novel is now merely Legends material, all we truly know of Plagueis is the short story that Palpatine tells Anakin Skywalker in Revenge of the Sith. Wouldn’t it be kind of cool to see Plagueis training Palpatine and the two working behind the scenes during the days of the Galactic Republic?
Plagueis was alive right up until Palpatine murdered him, right around the same time as Episode I. A Plagueis stand-alone wouldn’t need to stick to Luceno’s writing, possibly going in a few different directions and adding more depth to a character that was briefly teased in 2005. Maybe it could show the depth of his involvement in the birth of Anakin and the beginning of the separatist movement.
5. Darth Vader
This one is obvious, but it also somewhat feels like the least likely to be made. At any rate, we want a Darth Vader stand-alone film. It’s somewhat true that the entire prequel trilogy was built around the Darth Vader story, but in a more accurate way it was actually built around the tragedy of Anakin Skywalker. We got more Vader in his suit in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story than we did in Revenge of the Sith.
Marvel has done a great job giving us comics that explore untold periods of Vader’s life in the Empire. But the fact remains that only a drop of the 25-plus years he spent as the Dark Lord of the Sith has been fleshed out. If they’re going to move forward on such a project, they’ll need to put the pedal to the metal. James Earl Jones is 87 years old and was beginning to sound a bit tired when he voiced the iconic bad guy in Rogue One.
6. Qui-Gon Jinn
Much like Maul, another disappointment from The Phantom Menace was Liam Neeson’s character, Qui-Gon Jinn, being killed off in the third act. Seriously, George Lucas went out of his way to dash our hopes quickly. But Jinn was a major part of the Jedi Order prior to his death, and a lot of backstory is explored in later material.
How cool would it be to bring back the entire Jedi Order in a Qui-Gon movie, only as younger versions of themselves? Jinn, Windu, Yoda, and even the Jedi version of Count Dooku would be present. Who knows what kind of adventures they’d have?
7. Ahsoka Tano
This is an unfamiliar name for Star Wars fans that only watch the movies, but Ahsoka Tano has become a very big part of Star Wars canon in recent years. She is the apprentice to Anakin Skywalker, originally introduced in the Clone Wars movie and television series. Ahsoka later turns up again in Rebels and battles against the shell of her former master, Darth Vader.
But there is a large portion of Ahsoka’s story that is still untold. Not everything between her exit from the Jedi Order slightly before the events of Revenge of the Sith and her appearance on Rebels is known, and that accounts for around 15 years of time. Rosario Dawson has lobbied to take on the role in a live-action movie, and why not? It seems like perfect casting.
8. Luke Skywalker
Another character that currently has a major gap in their timeline is none other than Luke Skywalker himself. Although the Bloodline novels explore quite a bit of the aftermath of Return of the Jedi, there are truly few stories told about Skywalker leading up to him starting the Jedi academy. Even then, the moment when Ben Solo turns against his uncle appears to be around 15 years before we find Luke on Ahch-To at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so there’s plenty to be explored.
The hard part is bringing in an actor that’s accomplished enough and looks enough like a young Mark Hamill to take the role. After all, Alden Ehrenreich is currently the fans’ biggest gripe with Solo. Fortunately, this one is a no-brainer. Sebastian Stan, better known as Bucky Barnes and the Winter Soldier from Disney’s other major franchise, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has some shockingly similar features. Hamill has even mentioned that Stan looks like he could be his long-lost son.
So imagine Stan, clean-shaven with a Skywalker-like hairstyle. He’s dressed down in all black, with a glove over his right hand. He has a green-bladed lightsaber in his hands, and R2-D2 trailing behind. Are you excited yet?
Of the rumored spin-off movies that may be on the way, Yoda is to be featured in one of them. If there’s one character that has plenty of their life that hasn’t been seen on the big screen, it’s our little green friend. According to the character himself, he’s right around 900 years old when he dies in Return of the Jedi. That means he’s already past 850 years old when we first meet him in The Phantom Menace.
A Yoda movie would have to be based on him first becoming a Jedi, which likely took place several hundred years before the events of the Star Wars saga. That would mean no Jedi Order as we know it, no Qui-Gon, no Mace Windu, and definitely no Palpatine. But there are ways to make this story interesting even if no other familiar characters can make a cameo. Maybe some Jedi and Sith from Legends could make their first appearances in canon?
10. Obi-Wan Kenobi
The hottest rumors about the next stand-alone Star Wars movie are related to Obi-Wan Kenobi. It has been said that Kenobi: A Star Wars Story (we made that title up) will begin filming in January of 2019, but at the same time, prequels actor Ewan McGregor has said he hasn’t even been approached about such a project. So, it’s unclear at the moment where things stand.
That said, this is the movie that Star Wars fans appear to want the most. McGregor’s ability to capture the look and mannerisms of a young Alec Guinness was one of the best things about the prequel trilogy, and there is a built-in period of 20 years where all he is doing is hiding out on Tatooine. Maybe an appearance from Jinn as a Force ghost could be in the cards? There is plenty of cool stuff that Star Wars could do with Kenobi, and we’re dying to see it on the big screen.
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