Right now, we are living in an exciting time for Star Wars fans and movie lovers alike. Following last year’s overwhelming critical and financial success of the 7th film in the franchise, The Force Awakens, Disney is treating Star Wars enthusiasts with a new spin-off film to be released every year or so. Later this year, we’re getting a prequel called, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which follows the Rebel Alliance and all of the events leading into A New Hope. The cast and crew behind the 8th Star Wars film are currently shooting for a 2017 release. For 2018, we’ve got a Han Solo origin story to look forward to. A year later, the 9th film of the official Star Wars franchise and the final film of the new trilogy will be released, and then a year later, another spin-off film will be released. It’s a great time to be into Star Wars.
Even non-fans have to recognize that the Star Wars franchise is slowly becoming as expansive of a cinematic universe as Marvel’s own. An entire franchise dedicated to showing how the characters and events within it are all connected is a fascinating concept in the land of movies. The best part about this for Star Wars fans is that this new anthology opens the door for Disney to bring back and do justice to characters from the original and prequel trilogies that either wasn’t handled correctly or we didn’t see much of. Here are a few characters who were mishandled in previous Star Wars films, but could be rejuvenated with their own spin-off films.
15. Boba Fett
Let’s get the biggest no-brainer for a spin-off out of the way, which is the one that Star Wars fans have been begging to see since Boba Fett first made an appearance in The Empire Strikes Back. A movie all about Boba Fett practically writes itself. Chronologically, young Boba watched his father, Jango Fett, get decapitated by Jedi Master, Mace Windu, at the end of Attack of the Clones. We don’t see Boba again until he’s a fully grown bounty hunter in The Empire Strikes Back. It’s safe to say that all of us are curious to know what Boba’s life looked like in between those movies. Not to mention, there have been several stories about Boba’s bounty hunting missions written for the expanded universe that would look exhilarating in live action form. Disney can pick any of those stories out and fans would be guaranteed to fall in line to see an all-new big screen Boba Fett adventure.
14. Kyle Katarn
Created for the Jedi Knight video game series (among other video games and books for the expanded universe), Kyle Katarn was originally a member of the Galactic Empire, but somewhere along the way, he became a mercenary for hire. As a mercenary, he would regularly work for and alongside the Rebel Alliance and would later become a member of the New Republic. In due time, Katarn would learn that he was capable of using The Force. He would use this knowledge to become a Jedi. After honing his skills as a Jedi, he was deemed fit to work alongside Luke Skywalker at the Jedi Academy as an instructor to the younglings. That kind of fascinating backstory sounds fitting enough for a movie all its own. Katarn would be instantly likable as a scruffy combination between Luke himself and Boba Fett, almost like Han Solo if he picked up some Jedi training.
13. Mara Jade Skywalker
While the new trilogy of Star Wars films has officially made most of the expanded universe non-canon, there is still hope for the canonization of Mara Jade Skywalker until further notice. In the books, comic books, and computer games of the Star Wars universe, Mara Jade was the assassin working for Darth Sidious until she crossed paths with Luke Skywalker. Her and Luke would go on to get hitched and have a child named Ben. Along the way, Luke insisted on teaching Mara the ways of The Force. Considering what Disney may have planned for the new trilogy, we may never see Ben Skywalker or a marriage ceremony between Luke and Mara on the big screen. Nonetheless, Mara’s story is something that diehard fans would be interested in seeing since she ranked #10 on IGN’s list of 25 Star Wars Heroes. There should be a way for Disney to tell the story of a woman transitioning from being the Emperor’s Hand to a Jedi.
12. Knights Of The Old Republic
When it comes to video games that are based in the Star Wars universe, one of the most widely praised storylines comes from the roleplay gaming series, Knights of the Old Republic. Much of the game franchise’s story is based around Darth Revan, a Jedi who becomes a turncoat Sith Lord, but upon losing his memory and having to come to grips with the awful things he’s done, Revan decides to begin a redemption arc and begin his life as a Jedi. That is, if the player controlling him doesn’t decide to convert him fully to The Dark Side. A story with as many twists, turns, double crosses, and flip flops as those in Knights of the Old Republic sounds like it’s tailor-made for a big screen adaptation. This is in addition to the fact that in the game, the player has the option of making Revan a male or female character. That either opens the door to a rare female lead Star Wars character or a Hardcore Henry style POV style movie for audiences to enjoy.
11. Jabba The Hutt
Jabba the Hutt may not make for the most charming of leading men, but a story surrounding him would certainly make for one of the more unique entries into the Star Wars saga. It does not necessarily have to be an origin story or even a movie about Jabba the Hutt himself. Still, a movie all about the dealings that Jabba concerns himself with as a notorious underworld crime boss would undoubtedly be a thrilling one. If done right, a movie like this could be like a science fiction version of The Godfather. Even if that may sound a little overambitious for a space opera, it almost goes without saying that an average day in the life of a ruthless gangster like Jabba the Hutt as he deals with his goon underlings, his slaves, and people who owe him money would be something new for the franchise and the science fiction genre as a whole.
10. Darth Sidious
As with most movies centered around famous villains, a Darth Sidious movie would be a difficult one to tackle, especially as an origin story. As we’ve seen before, a villain becomes significantly less intimidating once the audience learns the motivation for a villain’s “Dark Side.” Take the Halloween remakes for example. After those films, we stopped seeing Myers as a silent, scary killer and started seeing him as more of a big lug that got slapped around one too many times as a kid. A Sidious film could run into the same problems, but seeing as Sidious is arguably the most important character in the Star Wars saga (given how he pulled the strings of important plotlines like a puppet master from the shadows), a movie starring him is too good to pass up. Rather than seeing what made Sidious so evil, we’re curious to see just how Sidious knows so much about the mythology of his universe and how much of his own story ties together with the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis that he told Anakin in Revenge of the Sith.
9. Qui-Gon Jinn
Thanks to a stoic performance from Liam Neeson, Qui-Gon Jinn turned out to be an enjoyable character to watch with loads of potential to entertain us throughout the prequel trilogy. Unfortunately, The Phantom Menace would prove to be both a triumphant introduction and a somber swan song for Qui-Gon Jinn as he would die at the end of the film at the hands of Darth Maul (who, upon further inspection down the list, you’ll see Maul is another character who could use a spin-off of his own). It seems that Star Wars fans were deprived of some great Jinn moments across the trilogy and unless fans are willing to accept seeing Jinn return as a ghost, Neeson looks too old to reprise the role now. However, Disney can always cast a new actor in the role to give fans the next taste of Jinn they’ve been dying to see again for the last 17 years.
8. Mace Windu
One of the most delightful, yet underrated, aspects of the prequel trilogy was watching Jedi Master and Jedi High Council Member, Mace Windu, in action. The only downside to it all was just how underutilized Windu seemed to be throughout the trilogy. Most of his actions seemed to occur in the background, and the actions he did in the foreground was brief and scarce. The character bordered on wasted potential, which is a shame considering how Samuel L. Jackson has expressed in the past that he not only enjoyed his time in the trilogy but still thinks Windu is alive. Apparently, he even convinced George Lucas that Windu survived his fall in Revenge of the Sith. Even though Lucas no longer has any creative influence on new Star Wars films, Disney can use this as a backstory for a new Windu film. Jackson has already campaigned for a return so he’d have no problem returning to the role, perhaps as an older Windu laying low on a secluded planet during the rise of the Empire.
7. Princess Leia
Thinking of a universe where somebody other than Carrie Fisher plays Princess Leia sounds unfathomable, but if Harrison Ford’s iconic performance as Han Solo can be replaced, so can that of Solo’s wife. Especially when there’s so much story potential in a movie starring a young Leia. Before she stole and stored the Death Star’s plans into R2-D2 in A New Hope, she was becoming a valuable asset to the Rebel Alliance. It would be intriguing to see just what brought a high-class princess towards the Rebel Alliance, what inspired her to join the revolution, and how (or if) her anarchist aspirations conflicted with her duties as the Princess of Alderaan. A movie like this would be an interesting look at Leia’s life before A New Hope and best of all, we would get to see Leia be a complete badass, which is something fans should never get tired of seeing.
While Yoda doesn’t exactly have the best potential for a stand-alone film, the character certainly is the most marketable of the bunch of Star Wars characters, so don’t be surprised if Disney decides to make some green dough out of this green fella. If Disney does decide they’re ready for a new line of Yoda merchandise and toys, a Yoda movie wouldn’t be the worst thing on the planet. Just to clarify, if it was an origin story, maybe it would be the worst thing in the world. No one’s asking to see an adolescent Yoda getting into crazy teenage hijinks. On the other hand, as a centuries-old creature, there are surely a handful of Yoda stories that the studio can pull out in order to give us a glimpse into what solidified Yoda as the legend he is today. Or better yet, something that tells us just what kind of species Yoda even is.
5. The Force Unleashed
One of the more popular Star Wars tie-in video game series has been the critically acclaimed, The Force Unleashed. Apart from the gameplay, fans clamored for the captivating storyline surrounding the character of Galen Marek. During Darth Vader’s downtime between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, he managed to pick himself up a young apprentice. As one of the few survivors during the Great Jedi Purge, an infant Galen was taken as a secret apprentice to Darth Vader with his new title of Starkiller. When Darth Sidious discovers Vader’s secret, Vader betrays the man he raised. Afterward, Starkiller sets himself on a quest for vengeance with his former master being his target. That just barely scrapes the surface as far as what a film revolving around Starkiller’s story could look like. It could capture the excitement and intrigue that Star Wars films are known for, but its underlying revenge tale could provide a whole new feel to it that could separate it from the rest of the pack.
4. Lando Calrissian
We’re already due for a Han Solo origin story to be released in 2018 with Alden Ehrenreich taking over the reigns perfected by Harrison Ford. We could very well see a young Lando Calrissian by his side in that movie. The only thing that would be better than that is Lando being given a stand-alone film of his own. Whether that role is filled by a returning Billy Dee Williams or whichever young actor may take his place in the Han Solo movie, it does not matter. A Lando spin-off would be the perfect way to diversify the franchise. With John Boyega being one of the main actors in The Force Awakens, the franchise is already on its way to becoming just that. A person of color like Lando being the unquestionable lead star of a movie would be the perfect step forward for the Star Wars franchise to become a platform for several different ethnicities to shine on.
3. Darth Maul
By only uttering a couple of lines and doing very little in the grand scheme of things, Darth Maul became an instant favorite following his brief appearance in The Phantom Menace. Fans were disappointed in 1999 to find out that the Sith Lord’s first film appearance would also be his last. The animated series, Star Wars: Rebels, tried to make up for lost time by adding him to the show’s recent season finale (as did the show Star Wars: The Clone Wars by establishing that Maul survived his grim fate at the end of The Phantom Menace), but it seems like fans won’t be fully satisfied until they see their favorite face-painted Sith Lord on the big screen again in live action form. With Disney crafting their new anthology series for Star Wars, there isn’t a better time than now to bring Darth Maul back for one last cinematic hurrah. That hurrah could translate to his own origin story or something that brings us up to speed on what Maul was doing following the prequels. Fans probably wouldn’t care as long as it means that audiences get to see more of him slicing and dicing on screen.
2. Obi-Wan Kenobi
One of the few highlights of the often vilified prequel trilogy was seeing Ewan McGregor taking the reigns of Obi-Wan Kenobi from Alec Guinness and managing to exceed expectations. It’s too bad that the films he was in could not match the quality of McGregor’s performance. With McGregor recently campaigning to play Obi-Wan Kenobi one last time, now is the perfect opportunity to make that wish a reality. He recently told France’s Premiere magazine that he “always thought there was a story to tell between [Revenge of the Sith] and Alec Guinness’ [A New Hope].” At age 45, relatively close to Guinness’ first crack at the role in his early 60s, McGregor feels like he’s the right age to play an older Ben Kenobi for a two-part film story following the character’s journey after being betrayed by his apprentice, Anakin Skywalker. Even if we never do see Kenobi given his own big screen film, maybe he’d fit right into a cameo in a stand-alone film revolving around his former padawan and galaxy overlord, Darth Vader.
1. Darth Vader
This may be an odd choice to some readers. After all, this man was seen as the focal point of the franchise as both young padawan Anakin Skywalker and his evil, older persona of Darth Vader. One would think that we’ve seen too much of Vader already. When considering his appearances in Star Wars’ video games and shows, an argument can be made for Vader being overexposed. However, despite dedicating his character arc towards 6 films, there’s still a lot of potential with Vader’s storyline that is yet to be tapped in the Star Wars franchise. For instance, Disney could adapt a live action version of Marvel’s Darth Vader comic book series which chronicles how Vader learns that he has a son during events that took place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Vader was always the show stealer of the franchise. It’s only fitting for him to unleash his power in a stand-alone movie of his own.