Rumours of an Obi-Wan spin-off have persisted for years, with Ewan McGregor stating he’d be eager to reprise his role. Bridging “Revenge Of The Sith” and “Star Wars”, there’s plenty of Obi-Wan’s story to be told, between his leaving the infant Luke on Tatooine and the training of the teenage Skywalker. With plenty of material to draw from, why hasn’t an Obi-Wan film materialized? If rumblings are to be believed, Lucasfilm isn’t quite finished with Obi-Wan in the saga films, meaning McGregor might get the chance to pick up a lightsaber again after all.
Shiny and chrome, Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma, the commander of the First Order of Stormtroopers in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is rumoured to play an even bigger, badder part in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” – which is good news for fans who were disappointed at her underdeveloped character after major hype leading up to the film’s release. Relegated to the sidelines in “The Force Awakens”, we’re sure Phasma has a lot more going on under that reflective helmet. The story of her rise within the First Order begging to be told.
The snow-loving reptiles of Hoth are furry, stinky, sure-footed, and, well, warm – both inside and out. First appearing in “The Empire Strikes Back”, these fluffy creatures could spend their solo movie dodging their one true predator, the wampa, who loves snacking on the snow beasts. Domesticated by the Rebel Alliance, the Tauntauns would make the perfect subject matter for a family-friendly stop-motion animated feature.
Carrie Fisher’s untimely death put an end to a future of Leia (though producers have confirmed her role is still intact for “The Last Jedi”), but what about a young Leia? Like Obi-Wan and Han Solo, there’s some gaps in her history that can be explored as the Rebel Princess makes her way to the rank of General. The “Star Wars: Bloodline” novels further paint Leia as one of the franchise’s most well-rounded and developed characters with plenty of material to explore.
Samuel L. Jackson and a purple lightsaber are the stuff “Star Wars” dreams are made of. Like Darth Maul, Windu is one of the few practitioners of the seventh form of lightsaber combat, known to be the most unpredictable and aggressive fighting styles. Master Mace Windu devoted his early life to training young Padawans, having adventures like only a Jedi can, including that time he rescued a girl from pirates. His many missions would be worthy of the big screen treatment just to get to see that purple lightsaber in action again.
Lucasfilm has yet to announce their third anthology film (after “Rogue One” and the Han Solo spin-off) but most signs point towards a Boba Fett standalone film. The project was said to be in the works with “Fantastic Four” director Josh Trank at the helm, but, on the verge of being announced at Star Wars Celebration in 2015, the director and production company parted ways. Fans are still hopeful the Boba Fett spin-off will be announced this year.
After her scenes in “Revenge Of The Sith” were left on the cutting room floor, fans were pumped to see Rebel Alliance leader Mon Mothma return in “Rogue One”. The character made her debut in “Return Of The Jedi” - as one of the trilogy’s few female characters with speaking parts. According to “Star Wars” lore, Mothma was born into a political family, eventually rebelling against their influential dynasty when she discovered the galactic game of smashball and fell in love at age 15. Sounds like Mon Mothma’s story has all the ingredients for the perfect tale of teen rebellion, sports and romance.
Padme Amidala’s Handmaidens
Padme Amidala surrounded herself with a gang of bodyguard look-alikes, each trained in the art of diplomacy and combat. Chosen to protect her as Queen and later Senator, this tribe of women played by actresses including Keira Knightley, Rose Byrne and Sofia Coppola over Episodes I, II and III would have been at a loss following Amidala’s death. What better way to find out what happened to these brave ladies than to follow the female warriors in their own spin-off?
Sure, he’s a relatively new character that hasn’t been fully explored yet, but there’s a whole lotta backstory to be had during his formative years. Son of Han and Leia, early pupil of Uncle Luke Skywalker, the story of Ben Solo - as he was known before his fall from the Light – would chart his corruption by the Dark Side. With apologies to Hayden Christensen, Kylo Ren’s story could finally provide a decent “good guy becomes bad guy” prequel arc fans deserve. In 30 years, a reboot of the “Star Wars” universe with a new trilogy could happen on the back of Kylo Ren.
Remember him? The black and red-faced Sith Lord bit the dust after an epic duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi in “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” (only to resurface in “The Clone Wars” series) but he’s got plenty of history worth exploring. His backstory is so intriguing, he’s received a five-issue “Star Wars” comics series exploring the growing anger and deep-seeded hatred that led to his descent to the Dark Side and under the tutelage of Darth Sidious.