Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm has brought about rigorous change in that galaxy far, far away. Star Wars Episodes VII-IX are on the horizon with J.J. Abrams confirmed as director for the first film of the new trilogy. Yet perhaps bigger news at the moment is Disney’s decision to make spin-offs. Already Jedi Master Yoda is a keen choice for his own film, as are audience favourites like Han Solo (portrayed in the original trilogy by Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (portrayed in the films by Peter Mayhew).
Still, in many ways these characters almost seem like certainties should the issue be raised, don’t they? So here are six (as there are currently six Star Wars films, the number seemed appropriate) other characters that deserve their own spin-offs.
6. 6. Jabba the Hutt
No Seriously. Ok, so maybe a film starring a gelatinous space slug spouting Huttese and eating wriggling critters out of jars does not paint a perfect lead star. Then again, if you look across Star Wars, The Hutts are the biggest criminal overlords. Jabba the Hutt, even in the films, is a major factor in many occurrences. He was responsible for Solo being frozen in carbonite, he enslaved millions, and he made Leia wear “that” outfit.
Seriously though, perhaps the best thing would be to use Jabba and the Hutt families as the padding for a story that could bring in various characters from across Star Wars. Jabba has been involved in many conflicts across the expanded universe. Imagine seeing the crime lord hire various bounty hunters to attack enemies, often fellow Hutts. This could potentially make for The Godfather meets JFK with an added dose of aliens. Family tensions, political games and all out action could be the expected results of a Jabba-centric story.
5. 5. General Grievous
The cyborg General of the Separatist Droid Army was merely a side-antagonist in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith but his backstory is very interesting. Not always a cyborg, Grievous was originally born Qymaen jai Sheelal and a proud warrior for his people and race, the Kaleesh of Kalee, leading them in the war against the Huk.
The film would help deepen Grievous’s character (explain the roots of his Jedi hatred) and how he became a cyborg thanks to a bomb planted aboard his ship by Count Dooku. It’s a story fit for cinema, one brimming with romance, loss and manipulation. Plus Matthew Wood (who voiced Grievous in Revenge of the Sith and does so in the current CGI series Star Wars: The Clone Wars) could easily return to voice the character.
4. 4. Jango Fett
Regardless of your thoughts on George Lucas’s prequel trilogy, there were some excellent characters introduced to the ever-expanding Saga. 22 years ago, before Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, audiences became enamoured with Boba Fett, so here is his fatherly inspiration. Despite a rather pacey dispatch in Attack of the Clones, Jango Fett has an impressive backstory.
One that involves varied bounty hunters (Zam Wessell, Montross) and which links him with major events in the Mandalorian Civil War and the dissolution of the Death Watch. Jango’s story, some of which was revealed in videogame Star Wars Bounty Hunter, could make for the ultimate anti-hero film. Action, drama, tragedy and fun, plus Temuera Morrison (who portrayed Fett in the film) could reprise his role, giving continuity.
3. 3. Mace Windu
Jedi Master Mace Windu (portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson) was arguably one of the best Jedi characters across the prequel trilogy. Far more interesting than the average Jedi, Windu had something sharper, darker and more powerful about him than many of his fellow council members. Also Jackson has said he would love to return to the part.
A Mace Windu spin-off appears to write itself, what with a backstory that inter-links with other Jedi and major events. He is also the only Jedi to master vaapad lightsaber combat without falling into the darkside. Windu would make a truly involving protagonist in his own feature.
2. 2. Darth Maul
Despite having only a few scenes in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Darth Maul (Ray Park) captivated audiences the world over. From the moment he unveiled a double-bladed lightsaber he forced, even the dissenting voices, to take notice. This is a character that begs for a re-visit, as in the films, Maul’s story stretches no further than apprentice, duel, cut in half.
Of late the character has thunderously being reborn in Star Wars: The Clone Wars seasons 4 and 5 but he remains an ambiguous presence onscreen. The character’s roots are steeped in darkness, violence and hate – bringing Maul’s story to screen would be a great decision.
1. 1. Boba Fett
Literally the best choice for a standalone feature. Since appearing in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, Boba Fett (portrayed by Jeremy Bulloch) has become a cult icon. In many ways he has even outgrown the word cult. Fett is one of the most talked about characters and there is a countless amount of mythology for filmmakers to use in bringing the character back to screens.
Be it Fett’s confrontation with Darth Vader on Maryx Minor, or his battles/alliances with other bounty hunters (IG-88, Denger). Even escaping from the Sarlaac at one point. It goes on and on, the fact remains that a Boba Fett film seems the most logical spin-off to create. Director Joe Johnston (Captain America, Jurassic Park III) has expressed interest in a Fett film before now. Take the plans out of the cargo hold and bring Boba Fett back!