6 Star Wars Characters Who Deserve Their Own Movie
No sooner did Disney announce that they’re definitely planning to make some Star Wars spin-off films than we’ve already got unconfirmed rumors that these movies would be about Yoda, Han Solo or Boba Fett. This means that along with the planned trilogy of Episodes 7, 8 and 9, we’re also going to get some stand alone movies starring specific characters. Seeing as how I’m a big Star Wars fan, this sounds like good news to me.
And being such a big Star Wars fan, I’ve got a few ideas of my own. The great thing about the Star Wars universe is that it’s so full of different and unique characters. Sure Luke Skywalker is the big hero and saved the day, but there are so many other fun characters who deserve the spotlight for once. So here are 6 Star Wars characters that I think should get their own movie. And I’d love to hear some of your ideas in the comments.
6. Jabba the Hutt
Jabba the Hutt is the greatest gangster in the Star Wars Universe, so of course he’d be perfect for the movie treatment! Criminals make for some of the best movies. A film starring Jabba’s rise to power would be like the Godfather, Goodfellas, Scarface and Star Wars all rolled into one. Surely Jabba wasn’t always a big, fat slimy mobster. I bet he was once a young go-getter criminal, rising in the ranks of the illegal spice trade until he ruled the black market on Tatooine and had his own pleasure palace. I’m sure he had to drop a lot of bodies to take over the criminal underworld. Maybe he even fell in love at one point. And when he introduces people to his ‘little friend’, we already know he’s talking about Salacious Crumb.
Chewbacca is the Rodney Dangerfield of the Star Wars Universe. The guy gets no respect. Everybody is always focused on Luke, Han and Leia, and that’s just straight-up racist! Chewbacca was with them the entire time, but just because he’s a Wookie instead of a pretty human means nobody pays him any attention. He helped rescue the Princess, he helped blow up the Death Star, he was there on Hoth and Bespin and the forest moon of Endor. Where’s his medal!?
It’s not like Chewbacca is a mindless beast. He’s intelligent, skilled with a bowcaster and has multiple conversations with several characters. Lando even greets him like an old friend. Chewbacca is a much a person as anybody else, and he deserves a little attention. Everybody’s talking about a Young Han Solo movie, but what about a Young Chewbacca movie? We know from the prequels that Chewie was a freedom fighter on his home planet. Then when the Empire took over, somehow the big hairy lug got involved in smuggling. Chewbacca could and should become the next big Hollywood action star. Everybody already loves him. He’s got nearly as much brand recognition as Mickey Mouse!
4. Mace Windu
Quentin Tarantino directing Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu, the most badass sumbitch in the entire galaxy! Mace Windu hasn’t always been a wise Jedi Master sitting around on the Jedi Council swapping recipes with Yoda. That’s just him at the end of his days, after a life spent smiting his enemies and enforcing justice throughout the galaxy! That’s him after learning valuable life lessons and finally retiring after a long life of wild adventure, hot women and stone cold revenge. I’m thinking ‘Windu Unchained’. I mean, c’mon, he’s the only cat in the entire Jedi Order with a purple lightsaber. There’s got to be a story behind that! Maybe it started out as the traditional blue and that just got tinged with the blood of his enemies!
3. Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru
When they make these new Star Wars movies, I think they should experiment with different genres. Don’t just make epic space blockbusters. What about a light-hearted romantic comedy starring a young, handsome moisture farmer, his country girl fiancee and the young, Force-sensitive baby that’s thrust upon them? Sure, Owen and Beru end up as charred skeletons, but they start out as a young couple in love. Maybe their marriage is strained before they take in baby Luke, and the act of raising such a troublesome child helps bring them together better than before. Throw in a ‘meet cute’, a few misunderstandings and some Force-infused diaper changes and you’ve got the next great Valentine’s Day feel good movie!
2. Wedge Antilles
Not familiar with Wedge Antilles? Well sure you are, you just don’t know it. Wedge is the only Rebel pilot with the distinction of fighting in both Death Star battles. He’s a only bit player in all three original trilogy movies, but he’s definitely there. He’s the pilot who had to pull out of the Death Star trench run when his X-Wing is hit, allowing Luke to make the shot in A New Hope. He’s flying one of the snowspeeders on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. Then he’s flying side-by-side with the Millenium Falcon in Return of the Jedi as they blow up the core of the second Death Star. Wedge Antilles is the Tom Cruise of the Star Wars universe. He’s Maverick from Top Gun…in space!
Everybody loves a good dogfight movie, so why not make a film about Wedge Antilles, the greatest pilot in the Rebellion? You could do a film like Top Gun, with a young Wedge going through his initial training and competing with all his pilot pals, like good old Porkins. Or focus on Wedge in the wake of the Death Star destructions, when he and Luke Skywalker form Rogue Squadron, the greatest collection of spacefighter pilots in the galaxy! There are already a ton of Rogue Squadron video games and novels to draw inspiration from, so why not take the concept and run with it? Badass pilots, dogfights in space, and really awesome fighter jets; it’s movie magic.
1. Obi-Wan Kenobi
Who is James Bond, Indiana Jones and Flash Gordon all rolled into one? Obi-Wan Kenobi, that’s who! Here is a handsome, dashing, witty space hero with magic powers and a lightsaber who has nothing better to do than enact a little vigilante justice throughout the galaxy. You don’t think Obi-Wan spent 20 years just sitting in a cave on Tatooine, do you? Surely during some of those years while Luke was bottling on blue milk, Obi-Wan found reason to leave his exile and do some good in the universe. Obi-Wan’s life between the trilogies is rife with possibility! Think about it, Obi-Wan is the ultimate Ronin warrior during those years. For the first time in thousands of years, the Jedi are no longer the most powerful peace-keeping force in the galaxy. For all intents and purposes, Obi-Wan is the only Jedi left, living in a universe that wants him dead. But Obi-Wan can’t just sit by and do nothing while Darth Vader and the Empire take over. Imagine Obi-Wan as a lone, lightsaber-wielding warrior rising up when the universe needs him most, but forced to keep his identity a secret.
Not to mention the guilt he’s bound to carry because Obi-Wan feels personally responsible for Darth Vader. Say what you will about the prequels, but there are a few really good ideas buried down deep. At their heart, the prequels are the story of two Jedi best friends, Obi-Wan and Anakin, who are torn apart by Anakin’s jealousy over a woman. Daniel O’Brien of Cracked.com lays out a pretty convincing idea in this article. Obi-Wan is forced to fight and kill his best friend, for the fate of the galaxy. But he can’t bring himself to finish Anakin off and instead just leaves him to die on the side of the lava river. Imagine the guilt Obi-Wan must feel when he learns that Anakin survived and became Darth Vader, who is now even more ruthless and evil, and is in charge of the galaxy.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is the perfect Star Wars protagonist for a solo film. He’s got the weight of the universe on his shoulders, both because he’s responsible for Darth Vader and because he’s one of only two Jedi left in the galaxy, so he should stay in exile and stay safe. But when the evil Empire starts to grow and hurt innocents, can someone as noble and as good as Obi-Wan really stay hidden? Or he will go out and have some awesome space adventures? Yeah, that’s what I thought.
Those are my choices, what about you? Who do you think would make a great protagonist for a solo Star Wars movie? Or do the executives have it right, and Han Solo or Boba Fett are the only options? Let me know in the comments!