While we don’t know much in the way of specifics, we know what the near future looks like for the Star Wars series. Later on, in 2017, we’ll be treated to The Last Jedi. May 2018 will bring the Han Solo anthology flick, followed by Episode IX, and then another untitled anthology film. Disney has implied that this pattern of chronological followed by anthology will repeat into the future.
The first anthology film, Rogue One, was a major success, and some have suggested that it is among the strongest in the entire series (obviously, this claim depends on who you’re talking to). The creative minds hired by Disney to carry on this story will not have much difficulty getting people in theaters to watch the linear continuation of the main storyline, but it will likely be more difficult to get crowds to come out for anthology films, especially depending on their main characters and where that film fits into the main story.
As any fan of the series can tell you, there is no shortage of awesome characters around who to create these standalone films, much like there is no shortage of events to cover. In contrast, there are numerous characters who, while they add to the main story of the series in an invaluable way, are completely ill-suited to be the subject of their own film. Here are ten characters who absolutely deserve their own anthology film and five who are a poor fit. Note that we have used only characters who have appeared in Disney-canon material. While there are more characters than we can count in the Expanded Universe/Legends material that is no longer considered canon to the series (thanks, Disney), we won’t be including characters like Revan (Knights of the Old Republic games), Kyle Katarn, and so many others.
Ten Who Deserve Their Own Films
15. Obi-Wan Kenobi
Obi-Wan is first on our list for one reason—he is almost everyone’s first choice for a future anthology film. The man is an icon among icons, and if (like most people) you watched the movies in proper order for the first time (starting with A New Hope, nobody should start with the prequels), this man introduced us all to The Force. Whether he was played by Alec Guinness or Ewan McGregor, the acting was good, and he is one of the most universally popular heroes of the series.
While a story that tells of Obi-Wan’s early days as a padawan sounds good, we’re more inclined to want a decent story from his days living alone in the desert on Tatooine during Luke’s childhood and upbringing. With all that said, the fact that the fans want it so much and there is so much buzz about the idea of an Obi-Wan standalone film, it is unclear whether Disney will ever make this happen.
Much of what we said of Obi-Wan Kenobi can be said of Yoda in terms of the potential for him to have his own film. When Luke first encountered him on Dagobah, he seemed a little crazy, but throughout his appearances in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, we came to understand that he was over 900 years old and one of the wisest Jedi in the universe at the time. He was also one of the best characters to be featured in the prequels, and his lightsaber battles with Count Dooku and Lord Sidious were among the most impressive in the series.
With a life that spanned as long as his did, we can only imagine what kind of conflicts he dealt with prior to the events of Episode 1 and before he became a member of the Jedi Council. There are tons of potential for a Yoda anthology film, and given the fans’ love of this character, it would likely do very well.
13. Poe Dameron
He is one of the newer members of the cast of characters, having been featured in just one film so far, but it didn’t take much for us to take a liking to Poe. He quickly established himself as a fearless, witty guy, and as The Force Awakens progressed, we learned that he was also one of the finest pilots the galaxy has ever known. As Finn shouted during the battle on Takodana, “that’s one hell of a pilot!”
At this point, we know very little about the character. But according to rumors, he may be featured more prominently in the next film, and we may learn more of his backstory. Either way, the story of Poe’s development as a pilot or his early work with the New Republic both sound like very good ideas.
12. Lando Calrissian
One of the most exciting announcements that has been made about the upcoming Han Solo film is that Donald Glover will be playing a young Lando. This actor, comedian, and musician has yet to do anything that wasn’t good in show business, and given his wit and charisma, it is difficult to imagine him doing a poor job.
While we initially didn’t care for this scoundrel, as he sold Han out to Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back, he quickly became a fan favorite for helping to get Han back and, of course, piloting the Falcon during the second Death Star battle. While it will be awesome to see Lando again in Han’s film, there was a wealth of literature about him in the Expanded Universe that has been wiped out, and a Lando Calrissian anthology film might be just the thing to do it. Of course, there is a series of comics that were recently published detailing some of the events of his early life.
11. Ahsoka Tano
While plenty of Star Wars characters from the movies have been featured in the cartoon series’ The Clone Wars and Rebels, Ahsoka is one character who got her start in the cartoons that could definitely make a great addition to a future film. To take this one step further, she’s a strong and entertaining character that she could easily be a main character in an anthology film. “Snips” started out as Anakin’s padawan. Always quick with a joke, smart-a*s comment, or just challenging Anakin’s authority, she was brought back as a rebel agent in the Rebels series. There are already rumors online about Rosario Dawson potentially playing her in an upcoming movie (relax, they’re just rumors and mean very little until Lucasfilm says something concrete) and about the character possibly getting her own movie. Most fans (including us) are fine with this idea.
10. Qui-Gon Jinn
Qui-Gon Jinn and his padawan, Obi-Wan, were the closest things to a saving grace for The Phantom Menace which (again depending on who you’re talking to) is quite probably the worst movie in the series. Between the pod-racing scene (it was dreadful and tedious; if you disagree, get a grip on reality), the appearance of Jar Jar Binks and the Gungans, and the atrocious pace of the movie, managing to create nearly no sense of tension for the viewer, the film was all kinds of awful.
Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor capably played their roles in the film, and it is upsetting that Neeson and his character are almost only known within this franchise for their appearances in this film. An anthology film that tells of Qui-Gon’s exploits as a padawan or even the story of how Obi-Wan came to be his padawan would be outstanding.
9. Boba Fett
Given that he was only briefly in the original films, it is interesting that Boba Fett has such a devoted and enthusiastic cult following. He did next to nothing except for requesting that Solo be put in the cargo hold (no kidding, you sure you don’t want the carbonite block in the copilot seat?) in Empire and while he was present for a few scenes in Jedi, he basically fired a few shots and then got knocked into the Sarlacc.
The Expanded Universe/Legends had quite a lot of literature on Boba Fett’s exploits before and after the events of movies four through six. Of course, most of it has been done away with, so either the time after his father’s death or the time after he escaped from the Sarlacc (yes, he could have escaped, we all know a man like Boba Fett doesn’t allow himself to get digested over a thousand years without putting up one hell of a fight) would make for excellent film premises.
There was a rumor last year about a Boba Fett film announcement getting cancelled, but theories persist about his anthology flick possibly being the currently “untitled” one that will come out in 2020.
8. Wedge Antilles
One of the unsung heroes of the franchise, Wedge Antilles was a wildly skilled rebel pilot who lived to tell the tales of both Death Star battles, along with the defense of Hoth. An interesting factoid that isn’t widely known about Rogue One is why Wedge wasn’t there at the Battle of Scarif. In A New Hope, Wedge exclaims “look at the size of that thing” when seeing the Death Star for the first time. If he was in Rogue One, A New Hope would not have been his first time seeing the station.
But, back to the point we’re here to make, there has been some material released by Disney (and therefore canon) that details Wedge’s exploits outside of the main story. However, there is plenty of time that hasn’t been covered and could be the subject of an awesome standalone movie.
7. Mace Windu
Revered as one of the most powerful Jedi and a brilliant swordsman, Mace Windu was one of the most intriguing characters of the prequel movies. Samuel L. Jackson worked the role quite well, and the character himself was a stern, wise, serious old Jedi and one of the most capable leadership figures within the order. His untimely death was used to demonstrate Anakin’s level of indoctrination in the ways of the dark side at the hands of Darth Sidious.
He was in his fifties during the days of the Clone Wars, so that basically means that outside of what little there is available in canon outside of the films, most of his life is relatively unknown and could make a great topic for a future anthology film.
6. Darth Sidious
Palpatine, The Emperor, Lord Sidious, whatever you want to call him, he is the personification of the disgusting evil that lurks inside many people. When he was first featured in film, we knew him as Sheev Palpatine who, by all accounts, seemed like a nice guy. The Senator for Naboo, he seemed like he cared for Anakin and Padme, but as we know, it was an act, and he had been living a double life for decades prior to this.
While we know the basic facts of his backstory, essentially that he was lured to the Dark Side by Darth Plagueis and eventually killed his master as any Sith apprentice will, if given the chance. We have to imagine that prior to his meeting Plagueis, Sheev wasn’t a terrible guy, and that if done right (not with the overacting and atrocious chemistry that ruined Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith), a film that tells the story of Palpatine’s corruption and turn to the dark side would be an amazing one.
5. Jar Jar Binks
This one should pretty much go without saying. We can speak for most Star Wars fans and say that there is no better way to destroy a scene than have a couple of Gungans in it. There is a popular (and far-fetched) fan theory that says Jar Jar is a Sith Lord who was actually in charge of all the bad guys in the prequels and that his buffoon characteristics and silly antics were just a cover for a very evil dude with a sinister plan. This would be an unlikely angle for the creators of a future anthology flick, and on top of that, given how much most fans hate this character, we can’t imagine an idea like this would even get anywhere near production even if someone briefly thought it was a good idea. While it is entertaining to explore the idea of Jar Jar not being all that he seems, a movie idea like this is not going to happen, nor should it.
4. Princess Leia
It is profoundly sad that The Force Awakens will be the last time we ever get to see Carrie Fisher play her most iconic role. Needless to say, she and her character will be missed. Given the timeline of the movies in which Leia was a character, we have seen her entire adult life, essentially from young adulthood in A New Hope (and the very end of Rogue One) to a fairly old age in The Force Awakens. There is, therefore, only one part of Leia’s life that would be admissible as the setting for her own hypothetical film, and that would be her early life and adolescence. While we imagine that she had a great upbringing with the Royal Family of Alderaan, we strongly question whether using an anthology flick to tell the tale of her upbringing would make for good watching.
On one hand, he is one of the greatest characters to never utter an understandable word in a movie, and we, like the vast majority of Star Wars fans, idolize this creature. Unfortunately, we imagine that making him the center point of a full-length film is not the greatest idea. First off, Chewie has always been a supporting character, and part of his charm is that he’s a big beast who does not speak in a language that we comprehend. Making a character with language skills that we don’t speak would make a film tough to sit through. If you’ve ever seen the Star Wars Holiday Special, you may know what we’re talking about, as one needed a great deal of experience in Shyriiwook (the Wookiee tongue) to get through that awful piece of trash. In short, Chewie is a nearly flawless character and should be kept in the films as long as possible, but should not be the center point of an entire movie; too much grunting.
2. Captain Phasma
Without trying to politicize this too much, we get why people like Captain Phasma. She’s a woman in a position of authority among men. She’s a strong, capable, female character who has risen above the massive legions of male stormtroopers. Her armor is made from pieces of the hull of a yacht once owned by Darth Sidious, and the chromium suit looks awesome. While she got tossed down a garbage chute around the end of The Force Awakens and presumably left to die, she’ll somehow be back for the eighth episode.
Here’s the problem, would the story of a stormtrooper standing out as superior to other stormtroopers make for a decent anthology film? Our quick answer is no. In this case, it has not so much to do with who the character is, it has to do with the dynamic of the story that would most likely have to be told, and while hers is a decent subject for a book (which has been written and tells her story), an entire movie for this character would not be a good move for the anthology series.
1. Jabba The Hutt
On the surface, a Jabba-themed anthology film might seem like a great idea. He’s one of the most influential criminal masterminds, and the galaxy and we have to imagine that the disgusting slug has an interesting story to tell. Unfortunately, while that story may be an interesting one, there is no way in hell that he got to where he was in the galaxy by doing anything that would be entertaining. Jabba is a crime boss and got to where he is through intelligence and the simple fact that, in many cases, that is just what Hutts do; they get into the management side of organized crime. Making a full movie about any part of Jabba’s criminal overseer “career” would be daunting at best because the creative minds behind the entire project would have to deal with a main character who speaks in a droning tone and not English (again, necessitating subtitles) and who can barely move, making action scenes involving that main character impossible. Jabba was a great villain, but leaving him dead is a better idea than turning him into the focal point of an anthology picture.
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