2015 is a big year. Audiences around the world will get to see Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. Something I honestly never thought I’d see – a continuation of the Star Wars saga.
There is another disturbance in the Force, however – the prospect of new, stand alone, spin off movies set in a galaxy far, far away. These films are to feature characters from this rich universe,but who they will be at the moment is a mystery. Will they be minor characters or well known favourites?
There are various rumours about who the projects will concentrate on, of course. I’ve decided to add to the swirling speculation and anticipation with some thoughts who I would like to see appearing in their own Star Wars movie.
Let’s start with some of the obvious choices.
To be honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of Boba Fett. He’s only in the films for a few minutes, and doesn’t do a great deal I always thought the pre-Empire buzz about this new character was a bit of a let down, so I never got the cult of Fett. He does have one of the coolest looking ships in the Saga, however.
Regardless of my ambivalence to the character, Boba Fett would be a great choice for a stand-alone movie. He’s got a ready made, massive fan base – and it would be an ideal opportunity to flesh him out and show exactly why Fett is the top bounty hunter in the galaxy. His mercenary buddies from the Executor bridge in Episode V could also make welcome cameo appearances.
Just one thing – the film would need to be set during the Original Trilogy. Why? Because Fett dies in Return of the Jedi. That’s right – he died, and HE DOESN’T COME BACK. Clear?
Plus I love the Original Trilogy and it would be great to explore more of this time. Let’s see Boba Fett in action, as one of the bad guys (because he is a baddie, face facts) causing trouble for the Rebel Alliance.
Han Solo and Chewbacca
The Corellian space pirate and his Wookiee pal have featured in their own series of novels years ago. Their popularity makes them a great choice for a spin off film. Again, this should be around the time of the Original Trilogy, maybe prior to Episode IV; or between that instalment and Empire. What exactly happened to the reward Solo got for his part in the rescue of Princess Leia?
The problem with a film of this type is casting a young Han Solo – whoever got the gig would have their work cut out for them playing Harrison Ford. That’s not to say that it can’t be done – River Phoenix did a fantastic job of impersonating Ford in the third Indiana Jones movie!
What would be really scary though is recasting such an iconic character as Han Solo could be a stepping stone to that horror that none of us want. That’s right – a “reboot”/remake of the original film.
May the Force protect us from that ever happening…
How did Palpatine become a Dark Lord of the Sith? How did he weasel his way into the role of Senator of Naboo? Just exactly what was he capable of, and what did he do to attain such power?
The early years of the Emperor to be could be a really fascinating story, full of Jedi Knights, Sith Lords and galactic intrigue. Betrayal, deceit, evil plots, darkness on a massive scale. Sign up Peter Jackson for this one now.
That’s all for now, though I will return to this subject soon, with more potential spin-off movie ideas.
May the Force be with you!