Since the announcement of the Star Wars: Han Solo movie (to be released in 2018), you’ve probably seen some of these lists online and thought, “Really? Do we NEED a movie spinoff on that character from Star Wars: Rogue One who died in the end?”
Well, I think I’ve come up with a list of movies that should be made as part of the Star Wars Anthology and they’re not just because a character deserves a backstory.
This is absolutely at the top of my Most Wanted List. Everybody knows what happened to his father, Jango, and how he ended up on his own. What they don’t know is everything that happened between that moment and the moment Boba Fett shows up in The Empire Strikes Back as a bounty hunter assigned to track down the Millennium Falcon. It’s been confirmed as canon that Boba Fett ended up surviving the Sarlacc Pit that he unceremoniously fell into in Return of the Jedi. So imagine the incredible movie storytelling this could be as the majority of the film is Boba’s flashbacks to his origins…how he tried to kill Mace Windu alongside fellow bounty hunters Bossk and Aurra Sing before realizing that he had gone too far; how he formed a team of bounty hunters who went on a number of missions together; how he came into the employ of Jabba the Hutt; and even how he came into possession of his iconic Slave 1 ship…all the while flashing back to the present where he is trying to escape the Sarlacc knowing that Jabba’s floating palace has been destroyed just above him in a fiery explosion. This incredible story could bring back Samuel L Jackson (who fans still love in his role as Master Windu), Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, and even a CGI version of Count Dooku! Not only that, it could also simultaneously bring back notable characters only briefly seen before like Bossk, Dengar, Plo Koon, and Aurra Sing while simultaneously introducing Star Wars characters that have never really been seen in live action form: Jedi hunter Cad Bane, Sith apprentice-turned-bounty hunter Asajj Ventress, and Jedi fan-favourite and Ahsoka Tano! There is so much official Star Wars Expanded Universe storyline already available to dive into that the end of the movie could see Fett emerge from the Sarlacc (dead from the explosion) and set-up sequel opportunities. If THIS doesn’t scream out awesome, I really don’t know what does!
This all really depends on how Donald Glover does in his portrayal of Han Solo’s smuggler BFF in the upcoming Star Wars Anthology movie spin-off. If he comes across as awesome as Billy Dee Williams portrayed him in the original trilogy, then I see at least one movie with Lando’s name across the marquee. Listen, there are already a ton of “Lando Calrissian Adventures” floating out there so why wouldn’t we want to know what happened between the time Solo won the Millenium Falcon from Calrissian and when he sold out his “best friend” to the empire. I mean, just how did he come into running Cloud City on Bespin? How many ladies has Calrissian given Colt .45 to? The possibilities are endless!
Young(er) Obi-Wan Kenobi
Here’s the thing…we don’t need to know what happened to Obi-Wan Kenobi prior to him becoming a padowan for Qui-Jon Ginn. What we really need to know is what kind of adventures did Kenobi get involved with from the time he went into hiding and took Luke to Tattooine as a baby to the time he saved Luke from the Sandpeople? We’re looking at a near 20-year span of time where he called himself “Ben Kenobi” that includes stopping Jabba the Hutt’s men from “collecting their water tax” during the Great Drought, how he watched Luke grow up (from a distance) and become a pretty great pilot on Tattooine, how he battled Tusken Raiders, how he came into conflict with Owen Lars about how Luke was being raised, and even encountering a very NOT dead Darth Maul on more than one occasion (though that may have happened prior to Order 66…it all gets confusing after awhile). With Ewan McGregor very much interested in continuing the Kenobi story, this movie is very much a possibility that could easily tie-in the prequels to A New Hope with an entirely separate and unique story.
Honestly, try telling me that you don’t want to know Darth Maul’s backstory. Not only his backstory of being “given” to Darth Sidious as an infant by his mother, but how he was trained to become a Sith apprentice (including some of the missions he was sent on during his training and how he was more of a Sith assassin than an actual apprentice). And it’s Star Wars canon that Maul didn’t die after being cut in half, either. Thanks to The Clone Wars animated series, Maul came back (with a new lower half and some grown antlers on his head) to reunite with his brother Savage Opress, battle Nightsister Asajj Ventress, attempt to kill Obi-Wan Kenobi, help conquer Mandalore before being imprisoned, and then escaping to kill his captors all before seeing Darth Sidious kill his brother and kidnap Maul for his own evil purposes. Of course, the unofficial “Legends” stories tell of how he escaped and continued to track down Kenobi so he could finally destroy him…resulting in a final battle on Tattooine where Kenobi and Owen Lars (!!) teamed to finally kill Maul, the aftermath of which was Lars telling Kenobi to stay far away from a very young Luke Skywalker so to keep him safe. So yes, Maul was the reason “Ol’ Ben” never was around Luke growing up. Now tell me you wouldn’t want to see this flick?!?!?!
Star Wars: Rebels
There have already been a lot of stories told in the new animated Rebels series that could be translated to the big screen. That probably wouldn’t happen, though, as Disney wouldn’t want to duplicate continuity when they could expand upon it. I mean, the characters were heavily hinted at in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and they even showed cameos of the small robot and their ship, The Ghost. Maybe there are a number of adventures that could take place after Rogue One has concluded. Or maybe we could be treated to a live-action prequel to the animated series based on “A New Dawn”, where Kanan Jarrus is wandering the galaxy alone after Order 66 killed off all of the Jedi and tells the story of how he eventually met-up with and teamed with Hera Syndulla. I mean, if you’re going to tease the animated characters in the live-action movies, then why not go all-out?
The “Mandalorian Wars” part of this storyline JUST became canon over the weekend!! That’s truly exciting because it means the rest of the KotOR storyline might also be confirmed as canon sooner rather than later. And honestly, the whole idea of lightsaber battles between the Jedi Order (including the fantastic backstory of the Prodigal Knight, Revan) going up against a Sith armada led by Darth Malak and a Sith-built assassin droid named HK-47 (who is used as a Jedi hunter) is extremely appealing, not to mention that the backstory of the Galactic Republic has only been hinted at in the movies at this point. There is just so much more that can be told and many of the video games thus far have proved that great storylines can be generated that can easily tie-in to the current Star Wars Expanded Universe.
Some of the favourite characters from the Star Wars Expanded Universe are Boba Fett (from the original trilogy), his father Jango Fett (from the prequels), and Sabine Wren (from Star Wars: Rebels). What they all have in common is that they are Mandalorians. The Mandalorians were a warrior race (known for being bounty hunters and mercenaries) who had renounced their barbaric past to adopt pacifist ideals. Around the time of the Clone Wars, a splinter group called The Death Watch opposed this pacifist government and unsuccessfully attempted to overthrow them, eventually becoming part of Darth Maul’s Shadow Collective, who successfully took over the planet Mandalore during the war alongside his brother, Savage Opress. This whole storyline also includes appearances by Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Count Dooku. It would be a great way to tie-in the much reviled prequels with something new and cool, while at the same time including something awesome about both trilogies and the new SWEU.
I realize that this one is a long shot, especially given how the title character from the video game/novel/comic (Starkiller) was turned into the name of the First Order’s massive weaponized planet in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Still…this storyline is just too awesome to simply leave alone. Once Vader and Emperor Palpatine (aka Darth Sidious) have risen to power and have defeated the Jedi Order, there are still pockets of resistance and missing Jedi throughout the galaxy that Vader is dispatched to resolve himself (aka the Great Jedi Purge). He comes across a small child (the son of a Jedi he kills) and finds immeasurable power and potential within him. Though it goes against Sith creed, Vader abducts the boy and trains him to be his own apprentice, as Vader believes he can eventually help him destroy the Emperor. Galen Marek (aka Starkiller) then travels the galaxy doing Vader’s “dirty work” in places like Kashyyyk and Raxus Prime. He eventually befriends a Jedi, falls in love with his beautiful Imperial pilot, and turns his double-agent duties into a full-on rebellion. I would LOVE to see Marek pull down an Imperial Star Destroyer with the Force, so for that reason alone I’d love to see this story brought to life.
Can I be honest here? As much as CGI has grown over time, I just don’t know if I could watch a 2-hour movie focusing on a CGI character. While I can only imagine the incredible tales that could be told with a lifetime of almost 900 years of Jedi adventures. The story is that Yoda became a Jedi Master at age 100, thus going on to train and tutor generations of Jedi over the next 800 years. With a number of almost 20,000 Jedi trained, there are probably more than enough stories to be told to fill up an entirely new trilogy, if need be. But that’s the thing…is there a real need here? Yoda’s awesome, don’t get me wrong. I just don’t know if I really think we need an Anthology movie about him. But if we DID go that route, there are already stories out there about his time spent with the Wookies on Kashyyyk (he was apparently called “Defender of the Home Tree” because of the times he went to battle for them), how he trained Count Dooku (among many others), how he battled against assassins like Asajj Ventress and Barriss Offee, and even incorporate other stories of ancient Jedi like K’ungfu and Chuang (as Yoda was told stories of these great Jedi of the past)…so I suppose it wouldn’t have to be a 100% Yoda movie. I guess the more I think about it, the cooler it sounds.
Just About Anything Else
C’mon…there has GOT to be a hundred little “side stories” that tie-in to the original trilogy (or even the prequels) that primarily involve new characters and storylines. There could be tales from The Jedi Council that involve appearances by Mace Windu and Yoda, but star lesser-known (but recognizable) Jedi such as Plo Koon, Luminara Unduli, or Kit Fisto. There could be tales of characters we only got little tastes of in the movies like General Grievous (seriously…such a cool character but what WAS the guy??) or have only been able to enjoy in cartoon form like Ahsoka Tano.
And I think that’s the great thing about all this: the possibilities are endless.
Sure, some may think that somebody like Ahsoka Tano couldn’t carry a movie on her own…but that’s what people said when Iron Man first came out. That’s also what people said about the completely unknown cast of characters who made up Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
If you have a great storyline, a great cast of characters, great performances, and a director who truly has a passion for how Star Wars is to be shown to the world…then there really is no limit to the stories you can tell from this incredible universe.
And I, for one, cannot wait to see where things go from here.