The Top 5 Star Wars Character Movies We’d Like to See
Now that Disney has the reigns of the Star Wars franchise, we can expect a new Star Wars movie roughly every year from now until the end of civilization as we know it. Heck, these movies could even keep going once Skynet takes over as I hear the T-1000s are big Star Wars fans! In any event, in just a few short months we will have the first character centered Star Wars movie with Solo, which will fill in the backstory of the namesake Han Solo as well as Chewbacca, Lando and possibly others. After that, rumors have swirled for a couple years about a potential Boba Fett movie in 2020 after the official saga wraps with Episode IX in 2019. Although now, it looks like an Obi-Wan movie could actually be next. Which is to say, since Disney needs to produce at least 20 more Star Wars movies until we’re completely obliterated by the latest incarnation of the Death Star, pretty much any character could be deemed movie-worthy, regardless of how obscure or periphery he or she was in the original films. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list for the powers that be at Lucasfilm and Disney of characters that we think are ready for the spotlight. But fair warning, things are gonna get nerdy in a hurry here, so punch it Chewie!
Even though BoShek has no lines and his appearance in A New Hope is fleeting, it’s pivotal; this Corellian pilot is the one who introduces Obi-Wan to Chewbacca in the classic Mos Eisley Cantina scene. Beside serving a crucial plot function, the character just exudes coolness, from his casual demeanor among the rough clientele of the Cantina to his formidable sideburns. He’s the kind of guy you just know has a backstory filled with intrigue and adventure. Pretty much the Star Wars equivalent of the Dos Equis spokesman. He doesn’t always hang around the Mos Eisley Cantina, but when he does, he’s the most interesting dude there. This was a pilot who was too busy to charter Obi-Wan, even though he was ready to make it rain with that Alderaan money and let everybody know that Ben was actually short for Benjamins. To think, if things had gone a little differently BoShek could have been a household name and the guy who played him, Frances Alfred Basil Tomlin, could have been one of the biggest movie stars of his generation. Adding to the air of mystery surrounding the character, not only was Tomlin uncredited for the role, but his name was forgotten until investigative journalist Billy Jensen uncovered it in 2016. Sadly Tomlin passed a while back, but a movie dedicated to his claim to fame could be compelling in its own right, and would also serve as a nice little tribute to an unsung actor.
4. Mon Mothma
It always seemed weird that Mon Mothma, who was the head of the Rebel Alliance, only appears for a couple minutes in Return of the Jedi. It isn’t just strange that she’s not in that movie much, but according to Star Wars canon, she’d been involved with the rebels going all the way back to the Clone Wars. So why wasn’t she on Hoth? Or Yavin 4? In fact, she was even going to be in the prequel Revenge of the Sith, but alas her scene ended up on the cutting room floor. At least she was worked into Rogue One, a role that was excellently cast with Genevieve O’Reilly who’s similarity to ROTJ’s Caroline Blakiston is uncanny. But despite a lack of screen time for Mothma, at least in the movies, she’s actually a fairly central character in the Star Wars universe with a mile long entry on the fan site Wookieepedia. It turns out that Mothma’s retirement and the subsequent lack of leadership was a primary reason behind the Republic falling into chaos and the eventual rise of the First Order that we see in the new trilogy. Perhaps a movie about Mothma’s final days in the Republic government set against a backdrop of growing darkness would be a fascinating new entry to Star Wars lore. We might even learn a thing or two about the controversially blank backstory of Supreme Leader Snoke. If not, we’d be happy with a story from the original trilogy timeframe, so we could finally see the Bothans onscreen.
3. Droopy McCool
One unique thing about Star Wars is that many very well known characters never have their names uttered on screen. For instance, the word Ewok is never said at any time during Return of the Jedi. Similarly, Rebel Alliance and Resistance fighter Nein Nunb is never called by name, despite having racked up appearances in three movies now. It’s a curious byproduct of all the marketing and merchandising that goes along with these films, we know far more about some of these characters than we could ever glean from the movies themselves. So since many of these monikers will never have to be said by an actor, whomever is in charge of bestowing these characters with names can pretty much go hog wild with nutty designations. Which brings us to Droopy McCool. Yeah that’s right, the alien who plays the clarinet thing in Jabba’s palace, as part of the Max Rebo Band by the way, is really named Droopy McCool. It honestly sounds more like a good name for a cartoon dog that surfs or something, but whatever, if some bored creature creator at Lucasfilm wanted to name this dude Droopy McCool, then who am I to argue? What I can argue with was Lucas completely ruining this scene in the special edition by changing the song into an absolute abomination that ranks as one of the worst “enhancements” of all three films. Anyway, as for the Mr. McCool himself, he plays a mean clarinet thing, doesn’t appear to have eyes and wears nothing but an oversized pair of shorts. I rest my case.
2. Maz Kanata
Maz Kanata is a little bit like the Yoda of the new trilogy. She’s been around the block a few times at 1,000 years old, and also like everybody’s favorite green Jedi master, she doesn’t suffer fools lightly and is prone to dispensing tidbits of wisdom. With a character that old, there’s the opportunity to delve into some truly ancient history of the Star Wars universe. However, we’d like to see those big goggles focus on something a little more recent, the cryptically alluded to “story for another time” in The Force Awakens, which would detail how Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber ended up in the basement of the bar she was running on Takodana. We’ve got a bad feeling that this story may not be addressed in Episode IX, so getting Kanata her own movie in the period between The Empire Strikes Back and The Force Awakens may be the only guarantee that this piece of Star Wars ephemera ever sees the light of day. Plus she’s a cool addition to the Star Wars universe that deserves more screen time than she’s gotten thus far.
1. Darth Maul
Topping our list is none other than Darth Maul, one of the baddest villains to ever be dreamed up for the Star Wars pantheon. Yet again, Maul is a character that didn’t get nearly enough attention in the films. Obviously people have a lot of complaints about The Phantom Menace, but one of the most valid is that such a fearsome and intimidating bad guy like Maul only got a few lines before being hacked in half by Obi-Wan. If we weren’t going to get much Maul action in Episode I, couldn’t they at least have kept him around for Episode II? Would anyone have been upset if Count Dooku, yet another ridiculous name, had his role reduced or eliminated in Episode II and III? Sure, Maul was brought back for the Clone Wars animated series, but we want to see the horned Sith do his thing up on the big screen again, preferably with someone who can equal the martial arts moves that Ray Park brought to the table in his original incarnation. He doesn’t have to talk much, in fact it would probably be better if he didn’t, but let’s see this character wreak some real havoc. One of the only times we see Maul use the force, it’s to open a door. That’s right, to open. a. door. Surely this master of the dark side has a few treacherous tricks up his sleeve that are waiting to be unleashed.
So if you’re reading this, lords of Lucasfilm and Disney, just a few humble suggestions. But we’re serious about that Darth Maul movie, get on it. If that actually happens, we’ll forgive the prequels, Ewoks TV movies, Greedo shooting first, Porgs cartoon and whatever other mountains of merchandise you plan on shoving at us over the next couple decades. Help us Mickey Mouse, you’re our only hope!