The original trilogy focused primarily on Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia. The second trilogy (the regrettable prequels) turned attention to Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Padme Amidala. For the core set of films, that focus made sense, but the Star Wars Universe has provided plenty of characters whose stories could make considerably interesting material for films. Here’s a few that come to mind:
Arguably the most famous bounty hunter in cinema history (at least prior to Django Unchained), Boba Fett is the obvious choice of characters for this list. Despite not having many scenes, he plays an integral role in the original trilogy and amassed a serious cult following. “Boba Fett? Boba Fett?” Clearly his reputation preceded him with Han Solo, and his ending shortly after that quote… didn’t do him justice. Neither did his involvement in the prequel trilogy. Give this man a trilogy of his own in the style of superhero (or anti-hero) films. I’d be surprised if he didn’t get a couple films over the next decade.
Don’t recognize the name? You should, as he served as a fighter pilot in battles in all three of the original Star Wars trilogy films. How many pilots can say they survived the original attack of the Death Star AND the second one, two films later? Surely one biopic could be devoted to Wedge regarding his early days in becoming a great fighter pilot and his reasoning for becoming a member of the Rebel Alliance instead of the Empirial Forces.
The tale of how he collected all of his lightsabers would be interesting enough. Add in his backstory before his robotic parts became integrated as a life-support system and ass-kicking-assisting system thanks in part to some key manipulation from Count Dooku, and that could be a really cool movie (or multiple films in a series).
Seriously, Samuel L Jackson as a Jedi? Imagine the potential. If you think Anakin Skywalker had trouble conforming to the Jedi Code, you could take that to the next level with Mace Windu, a bad-ass enforcer at heart. No matter how you push his buttons, this guy doesn’t turn to the Dark Side.
Darth Revan and Darth Malak
If you haven’t played the Knights Of The Old Republic video games, then you’re probably not familiar with these names. TRUST ME WHEN I SAY THIS: The story put together (which I won’t get into here) which involves these two characters would make GREAT content for at least one trilogy. I wouldn’t be surprised, if it were done right, if that trilogy was better than either of the other two Star Wars trilogies.
When Luke Skywalker finally encounters the Jedi Master, he’s a shell of his former self and nearing the end of his physical life. To start The Phantom Menace, Yoda is already around 800 years old (give or take a decade) and is a well-respected Jedi Master. Clearly a great fighter even at that point in his life, one can only imagine how the first few centuries of Yoda’s life might have gone, and unlike other characters whose actors would make it tough to create a movie at this point, Yoda’s not so constrained.
Who would you pick?
Before we move on to the SECOND PART OF THIS DISCUSSION, you get to voice your opinion. Out of the characters listed above, who would you pick for a film of their own?
Don’t see someone listed here who you think deserves a film? Let me know about it. You’d probably also be interested in my follow-up article, where I point out some popular characters from the Star Wars Universe who aren’t deserving of their own movies.