Star Wars is full of stories, tales, and legends that we can all get invested in. Ever since the movies have been released, there seems to be no limit to where the writers can go with the franchise. What started out with a group of Rebels taking over the Death Star has evolved and expanded into an army of Jedi taking on droids and a Snowspeeder tripping up an AT-AT. The point is that everyone can identify a moment in the series that they’ve come to love.
However, there is one thing in the franchise that people arguably love more than the stories: the characters. Star Wars is a rich and diverse galaxy packed to the brim with all kinds of different characters that each have their own quirks and skills. From the first film to the current TV shows, there is always somebody worth getting invested in, or admiring with awe.
Lately, Disney has been giving some of these characters their own movies as a result of their followings and popularity. The Han Solo movie is already well under way, and they’re currently asking the public what they want to see in the future. Keeping that in mind, we’ve thought of several characters who deserve their own chance at the spotlight after all of the things they’ve done over the years.
These are 15 Star Wars characters who deserve their own movies.
15. General Grievous
Guess what? We have another character that was horribly misused in a Star Wars movie. General Grievous was born as a Kaleesh on the planet Kalee. That planet is full of giant beasts and brutal climates. All of the inhabitants there had to learn how to fight and to do it well. Grievous was one of the strongest warriors of that planet. One day, he volunteered for a program that would replace much of his body with robotic parts. He agreed to it because he was promised that it would enhance his strength. After the procedure was complete, Grievous began his rule over the galaxy.
In Revenge of the Sith, Grievous has four lightsabers, but none of them are red. This means that Grievous had to have killed a large number of Jedi to gain those weapons. A Grievous movie almost makes too much sense. By showing the audience how truly skilled he was, people would perceive him as a much bigger threat, especially considering how he was horribly humiliated at the hands of Obi Wan. It would also be interesting to see Grievous’s motivation for joining the Separatists and Count Dooku.
14. Qui Gon Jinn
Another Jedi to earn a spot on this list, Qui Gon Jinn was yet again another character who was misused in the films. Qui Gon was the master of Obi Wan Kenobi, but never managed to get a spot on the Jedi Council. Apparently, this was because he disregarded a lot of the Jedi rules and often chose to do what he thought best instead. Considering the times of the prequels, this decision benefited him more often than not. Qui Gon also unlocked one of the most powerful Force abilities known to the Light Side.
A movie starring Qui Gon would give him a much-needed chance in the spotlight. There are also many other stories that they could adapt to the big screen. For example, Qui Gon’s first apprentice defected to the Dark Side, and it was up to him and Obi Wan to bring down the old padawan years later. We would also like to see why Qui Gon often chose to disobey the Jedi Council. Did he have some hypersensitivity to the Force? Either way, it’s hard to deny the potential of a movie starring Qui Gon Jinn.
13. Darth Revan
Most video game movies are pretty terrible, but what about a movie based on a video game that was based on a movie? Knights of the Old Republic holds one of the greatest stories in the Star Wars universe to date, and that is mostly thanks to the Darth Revan plot. Darth Revan was once a Jedi who decided to go against the commands of the Order and investigate the Sith on their turf. After being captured and tormented, he was turned into a ruthless Dark Lord. Darth Revan was one of the greatest adversaries the Jedi had ever faced, but they worked tirelessly to wipe his memory of his transformation into a villain. From that point on, Revan was a Jedi again, and as he fought other Sith Lords, his past was revealed to him, and he was forced to make a choice. These kinds of twists and turns would lend themselves to the big screen easily, right down to a final duel between Revan and Darth Malak that would be a big role reversal from the Obi Wan and Anakin duel in Revenge of the Sith. Furthermore, the game has been out long enough for people to not quite remember how the story went, so I don’t see any problems there either.
12. Obi Wan Kenobi
Everybody, we need to make this movie happen. Out of all of the characters whom the fans want to see in their own movie, Obi Wan Kenobi is one of the top choices. The character has been a big presence in the universe from before the days of The Phantom Menace toward the end of A New Hope. Despite us being aware of this timeline, there are so many more things that Kenobi did that we don’t know. Given his fantastic adventures during some of the films, there are certainly so many possibilities for his own story.
Just imagine an entire feature-length film full of swashbuckling adventures similar to some of the things he did in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Obi Wan Kenobi would also sit very well with parents that don’t want their kids idolizing any kind of villain. There’s still so much more to this character that we want to learn given what we’ve seen in any stories in Star Wars Legends about him. Now we want to see canonical experiences on the big screen. Perhaps, even set it in a place where Qui Gon Jinn can return.
11. Darth Maul
Unlike Obi Wan Kenobi, some of the most popular characters of the franchise were actually very mishandled in the film universe. Darth Maul is a perfect example. Introduced in The Phantom Menace, it was clear that Darth Maul was a different kind of Sith. Wielding a dual-bladed lightsaber, one can only imagine the kind of severe training he endured from Darth Sidious. Unfortunately, he went out like a punk before we got any real answers. Darth Maul later returned in Star Wars Rebels, but the time in between them is a mystery.
Giving Darth Maul his own movie opens Disney up to follow in the footsteps of FOX with their Logan and Deadpool movies. Audiences are willing to root for a character like Darth Maul, but he’s not exactly a good guy. We could watch him going across the galaxy and gathering his friends to take on the Emperor. Perhaps he had more involvement in Order 66 than we had previously thought. Because Disney reworked the canon, they could really go any direction with Darth Maul. I think it would be perfect to see him face his own demons and battle unique foes set at a distant place from the Sith Empire and the Republic.
10. Boba Fett
Yeah, this is another no-brainer. Boba Fett is another example of a great character being horribly misused in the films. Introduced in Empire Strikes Back, Boba Fett was cited as one of the greatest bounty hunters who ever lived and was even hired by Darth Vader. Unlike most villains, Boba Fett actually succeeded in capturing his prize and went on to have a role in Return of the Jedi. Sadly, his way of going out was really silly. He flew around with his jetpack, but after getting hit with a blaster, he spun out of control and fell right into the Sarlacc Pit.
A Boba Fett movie could take one of two routes: show his origin and how he started work as a Jedi hunter, or they could continue his adventures after the reign of the Galactic Empire. He crawled out of the Sarlacc Pit in Star Wars Legends, so I fail to see why they couldn’t do the same for him in the movies. Either way, Boba Fett has had a tortured past — his father was slaughtered by Jedi in front of him, and he’s been on the run ever since. By placing the focus on his progression and inner torment, Boba Fett could also be easily humanized.
9. Darth Bane
The first character on this list to not appear in a Star Wars movie, Darth Bane deserves his own. For those that aren’t aware, Darth Bane was the Sith Lord who created the Rule of Two due to all of the Sith fighting with each other and killing one another just to gain power. A movie starring Darth Bane would be brutal but incredibly fun to watch.
First of all, by having it focus entirely on the Sith Empire, not only would we get a well-loved history lesson, we would also be able to easily sympathize with Darth Bane trying to take control. Amongst villains, he was a hero of sorts. Then the movie could delve into the Sith constantly betraying one another, giving a sense of tension from start to finish. We would imagine that the movie would reach its climax as Darth Bane begins orchestrating his way to the very top. Then, just imagine a final shot with him headed toward the Jedi Order with a single apprentice at his side, with the finishing line being something like: “Master and apprentice: one embodies the power of the Dark Side, and the other will forever crave it.”
Master Yoda is often heralded as one of the greatest Jedi who ever lived. The reality is that Yoda is imperfect, and despite his wisdom in Empire Strikes Back, he still had much to learn throughout his journey through the Light Side of the Force. I would actually argue that because he is so highly revered, it makes him a prime candidate for his own movie. We have so many questions about Yoda. What is he? Where did he come from? Who trained him? What was his journey like?
All of these questions could easily be answered by making the Yoda movie an origin story of sorts. Granted, that would involve heavy use of CGI, which would be quite expensive. But with the right amount of precision, I have no doubt that some director would be able to pull it off well. This movie could also benefit Yoda by placing him through extremely trying circumstances that make us further respect him for remaining on the Light Side of the Force. That would also make his lack of knowledge about the Sith infiltrating the Jedi Council in the prequels a much more bitter pill to swallow.
7. Poe Dameron
The Force Awakens introduced a lot of new characters into the Star Wars universe, and they’re all pretty excellent. However, only a few of them would ever be deserving of their own movie. The only one that I would argue could make it happen is Poe Dameron. From the start of The Force Awakens, it was clear that he had been a pilot for the Resistance for a very long time. The kinds of stories he could tell would be quite interesting, and his efforts against the First Order would be very fun to watch.
Poe Dameron, in many ways, is Han Solo with a brighter moral compass. That said, the character seems like he’s willing to make tough decisions in the heat of the moment. We want to see him go up against all kinds of stormtroopers, and telling a story about his past could also serve as a way to set up how the First Order established themselves in the wake of the Galactic Empire. Perhaps a cameo of Admiral Thrawn would be necessary as well? Nah, I’m getting ahead of myself.
6. Jango Fett
Another bounty hunter to make this list, Jango Fett deserves his own movie just as much as his son Boba does. He has a very similar skill set to that of his son, but he operated during the Clone Wars and before. What makes Jango Fett so interesting is that he was also chosen as the template for the Clone army. A Jango Fett movie could answer a lot of questions we have surrounding that decision.
Jango Fett has also killed several Jedi, becoming the most notorious bounty hunter in his time. There’s no doubt that he had a heavy hand in the criminal underworld and destroyed quite a large number of monsters and government officials. However, Jango Fett has to have some sort of humanity inside of him. What made him decide to become a bounty hunter? Why would a bounty hunter want to become a clone template? We could also see how Jango Fett interacted with his son Boba and set the young boy down a path to follow in the ways of a bounty hunter. Let’s just hope that they would end the film much better than his head getting chopped off and the credits rolling.
5. Asajj Ventress
Anyone who knows Ventress’s story knows that she is well-suited for her own film. Starting out as a young orphan girl who was taken in by a Jedi, it seemed that bright days were ahead for her. After working alongside her mentor for several years, she was orphaned again after the Jedi master died. At that point, she wanted nothing but revenge for those that had killed her master. As she continued down that path, she embraced the Dark Side and was taken in by Count Dooku afterward. However, she was betrayed by the Sith because they feared her potential, and she took up the life of a bounty hunter, forever swearing to hunt down and kill Count Dooku.
I feel that I don’t need a solid argument for a Ventress movie after explaining her story. It’s not well-known, so people would be in for several surprises. There would also be an aspect of romance and betrayal if they include Quinlan Vos, who was turned into a Sith and then brought back to the Light Side. Then, it would end tragically as Ventress died fighting Count Dooku. The movie would then close as Quinlan held his lover’s body in his arms.
4. Mace Windu
Samuel L. Jackson driving his own Star Wars movie — I could probably leave the argument at just that. Mace Windu was a strong member of the Jedi Council in the prequel trilogy, and it’s only hinted what his true strengths were. Unfortunately, he was cut down by Darth Sidious before he could do any real damage on the big screen.
Because there isn’t a lot we know about him, Mace Windu would lend himself very well to his own movie. Right off the bat, there would be no concern for poor acting considering that Samuel L. Jackson would be playing the main character. He would surely do well portraying Windu’s emotions throughout the story.
The story could take place before the prequel trilogy and show us how Windu fought the Sith before the main saga. But a more interesting tale would be if Windu actually survived being thrown off a building by the Emperor. The movie could begin as a somber tale with Windu struggling to survive on the bustling city of Coruscant. He would have to go to some serious extremes as he built himself back up to working condition. Then he would also have to wrestle with the fact that he was too late in recognizing that the Sith had infiltrated the Jedi Council.
3. Darth Krayt
There are so many reasons why a Darth Krayt movie needs to happen. First of all, the only times we’ve seen the Tusken Raiders are when they’ve intervened in pod racing or were being killed by Anakin Skywalker. By centering a film around a Tusken Raider, not only would we gain some insight into those people, but it would also be a fresh change of pace.
We could also identify with Krayt during his time as a Jedi who survived Order 66. No doubt that he would be constantly haunted by being hunted down by the Empire. Then somewhere down the road, we would also get to see him duel Obi Wan, which would be quite entertaining to watch.
Near the halfway mark, we could then be treated to how Krayt turned toward the path of the Dark Side. He killed many beasts and trained fervently in the ways of the Force, slowly perfecting his abilities over time. We could then see the movie end with him finishing the build of his classic armor and officially taking the title of a Dark Lord of the Sith.
2. Darth Sidious
Ever since his story of Darth Plagueis the Wise in Revenge of the Sith, there has been high demand for a movie centered around Emperor Palpatine or Darth Sidious. He was trained by one of the greatest Sith of all time, Darth Plagueis. Plagueis desired to unlock the secrets of immortality, while Sidious wanted power and control of the entire galaxy. Together, they would make for a fun team to watch onscreen as they worked together to take down their enemies. (They were heavily feared due to how excellent they were in the ways of the Force).
A Darth Sidious movie would also serve as a dark precursor to the prequel trilogy. Darth Plagueis learned how to create life, and it was he who formed Anakin Skywalker in his mother’s womb as the first step to a grand master plan. It would be horribly painful to watch them set the stage for many of the events that took place in The Phantom Menace, especially with the knowledge that their plan actually worked. The film’s ending would be a no-brainer as well. Sidious would kill his master, then say something about about how the games were about to begin or whatever.
1. Darth Vader
Honestly, I’m shocked that this movie has never been made. From the time period between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, there were so many things that Vader did that any one of the stories could arguably make a great movie. He trained his own secret apprentice to eventually take down the Emperor, and he also hunted down many remaining Jedi.
Darth Vader is also one of the most powerful Force users in the galaxy, and we have yet to truly see that on screen. (He is strong enough to bring down a Star Destroyer.) Perhaps, the best premise for a movie starring the character would be to adapt the comics that told his story during the events of A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. Vader went to some great extremes in order to find Luke Skywalker and his friends. Telling a familiar story from his perspective could give Vader the attention that he deserves.
If Disney is going to start making tons of solo movies, this has to be among the first they should consider. It would basically print money for them, and we know how they like their money.