When Disney bought Star Wars and announced they would be making new movies I could’ve never imagined the concept of Star Wars stories. With the addition of these new standalone films in LucasFilm’s repertoire they can tell stories in even greater detail by focusing on certain characters and events and bringing those personal tales that normally wouldn’t have been told to life. Rogue One was the first of these Star Wars stories and it showed me how versatile the Star Wars franchise has truly become as it conveyed a story that had been hinted to us but never fully realized until now. Now Solo: A Star Wars Story is coming out in little over a month and that movie is going to provide us an in-depth look into how Han became the charming rogue that he was by the events of A New Hope. Yay? And it seems that Obi-Wan Kenobi will be getting his own standalone film in the coming years.
But there are so many more fascinating stories that can be told, stories that transcend just the timelines that we know and move beyond our recollection of Star Wars knowledge to tell brand new tales waiting to be seen. Of course, those stories probably won’t be portrayed anytime soon but there are a bunch of characters in this stretch of the Star Wars timeline that need their own movies to tell their stories. So, here are ten characters who I think LucasFilm should definitely consider taking a crack at in the near future. Enjoy!
10. General Hux
Okay, I know it sounds a little odd imagining a Star Wars story involving General Hux, a character that I’m pretty sure isn’t an ultimate fan favorite, but just hear me out. Hux isn’t a major character by any means in this current trilogy but he does have a rather interesting back story that conveys how he became the ruthless General that he is in the first place.
His father, Brendol Hux, had an illegitimate son (baby Hux) with a mistress and as a result he treated his son poorly. Younger Hux grew up with immense disdain for his father as he slowly grew higher in the ranks of the First Order. By the time he was a young man he ended up having Captain Phasma, his newfound ally, assassinate his father, Brendol Hux, and in the process obtained the rank of general. Hux looks like someone who can be manipulated and easily run over but there is a lot more calculation and ruthlessness to the young officer than meets the eye. (I learned all of that interesting stuff about the First Order general through the book, Phasma.)
I think it would be fascinating to see his story in greater detail because of a couple of reasons. One, it’ll be an excuse to bring Phasma back into another Star Wars movie. 🙂 And two, there’s never been a Star Wars movie that has focused on the political inner workings of an organization. That could provide a refreshing change of tone in what we’ve come to expect from a Star Wars movie. There probably will never be a Hux Star Wars story but it’s still an interesting idea.
9. Qui-Gon Jinn
Qui-Gon is one of the coolest Jedi to ever be in Star Wars but what was he like as a padawan under the tutelage of Jedi Master/future Sith Count Dooku? What trials did he have to face and did he ever see visions of his future or his death? And how did he learn to become one with the Force when so many other Jedi before him didn’t discover this eternal path of the Jedi? These are questions that I would love to be answered in a Star Wars story.
8. The Guardians of the Whills
The Guardians of the Whills were introduced in Rogue One and since then I haven’t stopped thinking about how cool they were. What were the Guardians exactly and how were they nearly eradicated to the point where one of the highest members, Baze Malbus, didn’t even believe in the Force-worshipping cult anymore? A Star Wars story could tell a fascinating Rogue One-esque tale of the Guardians of the Whills and their struggles against the Empire. Maybe Darth Vader helped end this cult which would be kind of awesome because then we could see him hunt down these Force worshippers to wipe out all hope in the galaxy in a very frightening way. And that’ll give us a deeper look into Chirrut and Baze’s lives before we met them as simple vagabonds living in the Holy City on Jedha. All in all, I think this is a cool idea.
7. Poe Dameron
Poe, while he had his issues in The Last Jedi, is still one of my favorite Star Wars characters because he’s just so likable. When I first saw him in The Force Awakens I immediately liked him and I knew he was going to be an instant fan favorite. But what was his story before he became the hotshot pilot we all know and love today? How did his parents influence him to becoming the rebel that he grew up to be? And how did he meet Leia and befriend her as much as he did?
I know he has his own comic book series which I’m sure has given him a lot of tantalizing back story but these are questions that I would love to see come to life in a movie. Like what if we saw a movie that highlighted his life as a young boy dreaming of becoming a rebel, then a teenager zipping through the skies in an X-Wing, and then as a young man learning what it means to be a Resistance fighter. That sounds pretty awesome if you ask me.
6. Ahsoka Tano
Ahsoka is such an amazing character. I absolutely loved her in The Clone Wars series and even though I haven’t watched Star Wars: Rebels yet I’m sure she’s just as awesome on there too. The younger periods of her adolescence have been fleshed out due to The Clone Wars and her years decades later has also been filled with content due to the Rebels show so I think a good time to set her Star Wars story would be in the timeline between Revenge of the Sith and Rebels. I think it would be so cool to see the story of a Jedi in the aftermath of the terrible genocide that transpired followed by the creation of the Empire. I’m sure we’ll get a glimpse of that dark transition in Obi-Wan’s standalone film but I would love to see what Ahsoka’s perspective is of the rise of the Empire, especially with the fact that she wasn’t exactly a Jedi anymore. And what were her thoughts when she found out the Emperor’s right hand man, Darth Vader, was her former master, Anakin Skywalker? That sounds like some epic movie material.
Who knows, maybe Disney will never make an Ahsoka Star Wars story but it would be VERY cool if they did.
Snoke is hands down the most mysterious character to ever appear in Star Wars so why not unveil his secret past and give us a haunting film that portrays the rise of the elusive Snoke, if that’s even his true name? I mean, it doesn’t even have to be a movie (even though I would enjoy that the most.) Just at least give us a book that goes into great detail about who this character is and why he’s so powerful. Powerful enough to not even be sensed by Palpatine for all of those years! I mean come on LucasFilm, who is Snoke? Please rid us of all of this secrecy so I don’t have to ask this question anymore.
4. Darth Vader
I say this all the time so I’m going to make this brief. Darth Vader needs his own Star Wars story!!!! He is too iconic, cool, and important of a character not to have his own standalone film yet. I mean come on! They can make a movie about the rebels who stole the Death Star plans (with Darth Vader guest starring in it,) a Han Solo film that no one really wanted, and possibly a movie about Obi-Wan (yay!) but they can’t do a Darth Vader film that would obviously be OFF THE CHAIN?! LucasFilm needs to get their priorities straight.
3. Emperor Palpatine
Palpatine was given a fascinating back story in a book that’s now part of the Legends (Darth Plagueis) but in the current canon his back story is obsolete so why not fill that gap and make him a perfectly dark, creepy, and just twisted standalone film that gives us the haunting back story Palpatine rightfully deserves? There’s also never been a Star Wars movie about a Sith so that would undoubtedly provide a new field that LucasFilm has never taken Star Wars into before.
2. Lando Calrissean
Lando was already a memorable character in the original trilogy but now with this new version of the awesome smuggler I really thinks he deserves his own standalone film asap. Donald Glover is an incredible talent that shouldn’t be wasted. Please LucasFilm, give him his own film as quickly as possible so we can keep this Lando bandwagon rolling because I’m totally on board. 🙂
1. Kylo Ren
Kylo Ren has become the most fascinating character in this new trilogy as more pieces to the puzzle that make up his story have finally begun to fall in place. But what really needs to happen for this impeccable character is a standalone film that displays his evolution from Ben Solo to Kylo Ren as he underwent his tutelage with Luke Skywalker. Not only would it be fascinating to see just exactly how Snoke manipulated him and turned him to the dark side but it would also allow Mark Hamill to return as the incredible Jedi Master that he was before he lost all hope in the sacred order and exiled himself on Ach-To. It would also be cool to see the actual “dozen other students” that Luke was teaching as well at that time. And even if they don’t make a movie I’m really hoping they create a book that portrays that tumultuous time in Kylo’s life because that would simply be fascinating, wondrous, epic, incredible, etc. You get the point. It would make me VERY happy.
These are the characters that I would love to see get their own standalone films in the near future. I’m sure this list will undoubtedly extend after I am introduced to some of the new amazing characters in Solo: A Star Wars Story but for right now this is the way this list will remain.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day. May the Force be with you.