This year Star Wars is coming back in a big way with the release of Episode VII: The Force Awakens, but the hype train does not end there. Next year there will be another Star Wars movie called Rogue One, about the squadron of rebel fighters that steals the plans for the Death Star. Disney’s plan moving forward is to release a Star Wars movie every single year from this point on, with every other movie being an “anthology” film which focuses on a solo character or story line that fits somewhere in between the existing films’ mythology. We already know that the 2018 film will be about Han Solo, but beyond that we could see any number of different spin-off films that fill in the gaps in the Star Wars mythos.
Anyone who is familiar with Star Wars’ “expanded universe” knows that many of those gaps have already been explored in novel, comic book, and animated television show form. However, as of 2014 when Disney acquired Lucasfilm, everything except for the films and the two television shows – The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels – were classified as “Legends,” which basically means they aren’t canon (they don’t count as part of the “official” story anymore). There have been plenty of novels and comic books since then that are now part of Disney’s official Star Wars canon, but there is suddenly a whole universe of stories to reinvent and retell in a new way, and possibly even on the big screen.
There are so many amazing characters in the Star Wars universe that would be amazing to see on the big screen again, but here are 10 that really deserve a chance to shine in solo movies.
10. Obi-Wan Kenobi
We know a lot about Obi-Wan Kenobi’s early life, his time in the Clone Wars, his epic battle with Anakin Skywalker on Mustafar for the fate of the galaxy, and his less-epic battle with Darth Vader on the Death Star in Episode IV. The biggest gap in Obi-Wan’s life is the time that he lived on Tatooine, watching over Luke Skywalker and waiting. We have been told that he just chilled there in the desert, watching Luke from a distance and occasionally harassing sand people, but is that really all that happened? We are talking about almost 20 years of life on that desert planet, knowing that the son of the most powerful jedi who ever lived is right there, farming moisture, completely unaware of his destiny. It seems like there is some potential for an interesting story there. The film could even bring back Ewan McGregor to reprise the role – he would be about the right age.
9. Boba Fett
Boba Fett is an obvious addition to any wish list of Star Wars movies. Rumor has it that a Boba Fett movie will be the next “anthology” film after the Han Solo movie, but nothing has been officially confirmed. The biggest question is: did Boba Fett actually die in the Sarlacc pit in Episode VI? In a recent Reddit AMA, Jonathan Rinzler, who is a Star Wars scholar and Lucasfilm historian, claimed that Lucas himself told Rinzler that Fett survived the Sarlacc pit. Of course, it doesn’t really matter what George Lucas thinks happened, because he sold the rights to Star Wars to Disney, and with them all of his creative control over the franchise. The new filmmakers can do whatever they want, and if that means Boba Fett survived the Sarlacc pit and lived to fight another day in a solo movie, then I for one am all for it!
8. Qui-Gon Jinn
Qui-Gon Jinn is truly one of the most under-appreciated characters in Star Wars history. He is one of the best parts of Episode I, and he is the first character in the franchise to openly question the jedi order’s methods. Despite being a senior jedi master, he was never invited to join the council because he refused to bend to the council’s will on many issues, and was considered to be a maverick. He was a strong leader and respected mentor who Obi-Wan revered. Obi-Wan, who was defined by a slavish devotion to the jedi order, was willing to go against the wishes of the council to train Anakin, because it was Qui-Gon’s final wish. That kind of loyalty can only be inspired by a truly impressive jedi master. Qui-Gon died in Episode I, but his whole life before taking Obi-Wan on as an apprentice is rife with possibilities for an exciting solo film.
7. Ahsoka Tano
Ahsoka Tano was Anakin Skywalker’s first apprentice. She was never in any of the films, but she plays a major role in the animated show The Clone Wars. Not only does she become a powerful jedi in her own right, she ends up leaving the jedi order before the end of the war, after she realizes that it is an organization she no longer wants to be a part of. She actually survived Order 66, when all the clone troopers were ordered to turn on the jedi and hunt them down, and most recently she turned up in the animated show Star Wars Rebels as a major rebel leader. Not only is Ahsoka Tano one of the most bad-ass jedi out there (I mean come on, she was trained by Anakin Skywalker), but she has a tragic untold story. How did she survive Order 66? What has she been up to since she left the jedi order? How did she come to join the rebellion? These are questions that deserve to be answered in full silver screen glory.
6. Sabine Wren
Sabine Wren is another character that has never appeared in a Star Wars film, but has an important role in Star Wars Rebels. She is a member of the rebel crew in the show, but her backstory is the most interesting part about her. She was born on Mandalore (that’s where Jango Fett is from) and entered the Imperial Academy there at a young age. Eventually she escaped the academy and went on to become a bounty hunter, before finally joining up with the rebels. She wears Mandalorian battle armor just like Boba Fett, but hers is spray painted. Her calling card is the graffiti tags she leaves everywhere she visits, and the custom explosives she uses, which spray paint everywhere after detonating. Her history is tied up with some of the coolest parts of Star Wars lore: the Mandalorian Death Watch, the Imperial Academy, and bounty hunters. A movie about her life before joining the rebels would be seriously awesome.
5. Lando Calrissian
Lando Calrissian first appeared in the Star Wars universe in Episode V, and quickly became a fan favorite. He’s like Han Solo but more refined, with more swagger. Just like Solo, Calrissian wasn’t ready to join up with the rebel cause, not until the Empire came knocking at his doorstep. Of course, his story didn’t start in Episode V. In both Star Wars Rebels and the recent Lando comic book by Charles Soule and Alex Maleev, Lando has proven that he had some crazy adventures before ever getting mixed up in the rebellion. We have a few details about his other adventures, like the fact the he was the original owner of the Millennium Falcon, but most of his backstory has thus far been left to the fans’ imaginations. A solo movie would be a fantastic way to shed some light on the early years of the man who could get what he wanted with a smile and a trick or two up his sleeve.
Just who is this Chewbacca guy, anyway? Star Wars fan first met Chewbacca in Episode IV, and watched as he followed Han Solo in one sticky situation after another. Years later, we saw Chewbacca again, in Episode III at the battle of Kashyyyk. Chewbacca was one of two wookies to escape from the battle after Order 66 was issued. At that point, he had not met Han Solo yet. How does a wookie go from being a soldier to being a smuggler? How and when did he meet Han Solo? Some of those questions might be answered in the upcoming Han Solo movie, but there are other periods of time left to explore as well. Between Episodes V and VI, Han Solo was frozen in carbonite, but Chewbacca was still hanging out with the rebels. And what about the time between Episode VI and The Force Awakens? Chewbacca could definitely get himself into all sorts of feature-film worthy situations in any of those time periods.
Yoda, oh my Yoda. By the time Yoda dies in Episode VI, he is over 900 years old. We know a little bit about his backstory, like the fact that his last official padawan was Count Dooku, but much of his life is unaccounted for. Everyone loves Yoda, the tiny green jedi master who taught everyone from Obi-Wan Kenobi to Luke Skywalker that they must “Do or do not. There is no try.” A solo Yoda movie could take place at any point in his past, from his early days as a jedi padawan, to his years as Count Dooku’s master. Considering how agile and powerful Yoda is as an old man, one can only imagine what he was like when he was younger. Who knows what kind of galactic strife was going on hundreds of years before Episode I? There could easily be room for more than one Yoda movie – his spin-offs could be a trilogy their own.
2. Mace Windu
Mace Windu is awesome. Played by the magnificent Samuel L. Jackson, he was one of the highlights of the prequel trilogy. He may have played a relatively small role in the story, but he was a member of the jedi council, and an accomplished jedi master. Like every jedi, he probably had his fair share of missions and adventures, any of which could be the subject of a spin-off film. The time before Episode I, and the 10 years between Episodes I and II would be excellent times to set a solo Mace Windu adventure. Of course, no one else besides Sam Jackson could do the role justice, and it has been over a decade since he last played Mace Windu, so it might be a stretch unless some kind of CGI was used to make him look younger. I suppose he could be recast, but the new actor would have big shoes to fill.
1. Darth Vader
Darth Vader is scary, but looking back on the original trilogy, he doesn’t seem as scary as he used to. Some of the recent expanded universe novels and comics do an excellent job of making the dark lord terrifying, and it would be awesome to feel that sense of dread again on the big screen. We have seen Darth Vader recently in Star Wars Rebels going up against the show’s main cast, but there is a lot of time between Episode III and Episode IV during which a Darth Vader solo movie could be set. The most obvious story is one that takes place almost immediately after Episode III, following Darth Vader as he hunts down the remaining jedi he can find. James Earl Jones reprised his role as Darth Vader for Star Wars Rebels, so there’s no reason he couldn’t do the same for a kick-ass Darth Vader movie.