Recently, the television shows have been linked to the movies in a major way. Forest Whitaker’s character in the upcoming Rogue One (2016) was revealed to be Saw Gerrera – a character who made his first appearance in the Star Wars universe in The Clone Wars television series. Saw fought against the Confederacy during the Clone Wars by leading a group of rebels on the planet Onderon. Some later, when looking back on Gerrera’s tactics, likened them to terrorism.
Saw Gerrera’s inclusion in Rogue One opens up an opportunity for other animated characters to make their way to live action movies and the big screen. There are a number of great characters from both The Clone Wars and Rebels who would make wonderful additions to future Star Wars movies.
Here are 15 Star Wars Animated Characters We Want to See in Live Action
15. The Grand Inquisitor
The Grand Inquisitor led a squad of deadly Jedi killers – including the Seventh Sister, Fifth Brother, and Eighth Brother – who were tasked by Emperor Palpatine with tracking down the Jedi who managed to avoid Order 66 and the Great Jedi Purge. One of the major antagonists in Star Wars Rebels, the Grand Inquisitor, along with his minions, pursued the Ghost crew in the hopes of catching and subduing the rogue Jedi, Kanan Jarrus, and his Padawan, Ezra Bridger.
While the finale of the first season of Rebels leaves the Grand Inquisitor dead, he could appear in a number of stories that happen before the events in Rebels. Since he was a former Jedi Temple Guard, he could even appear in stories that predate the Rebel Alliance and are concurrent with the Clone Wars and the height of the Jedi Order. As he was an exceptional warrior, he could make for a strong ally or villain in an upcoming movie.
Numa is a Twi’lek female whose parents were murdered by the Separatists in the Clone Wars when she was very young. Despite her young age and her inability to communicate with them using spoken language, Numa went on to help Obi-Wan Kenobi and the clone commandos liberate her home world of Ryloth from the Separatist forces. As an adult, Numa worked under Cham Syndulla, the Twi’lek father of Hera Syndulla, in an effort to free Ryloth from the Galactic Empire. Hera and the Ghost crew eventually convinced their faction, along with Numa, to join with the Rebel Alliance in their fight against the Empire.
What happens to Numa between Clone Wars and Rebels, as well as the events depicted after Rebels is unknown; however, her story of rebellion began at a young age, and she would be an adult during the events of Rogue One and the later movies, allowing her to contribute to the Rebel Alliance in more ways.
13. Bo-Katan Kryze
Bo-Katan Kryze is a Mandalorian warrior and a member of the Death Watch. Unlike her pacifist sister, Satine Kryze, Bo-Katan embraced the same training and beliefs of Jango Fett. Bo-Katan believed that the Death Watch should be in charge of Mandalorian affairs, instead of her sister. The Death Watch joined forces with Darth Maul’s Shadow Collective in a coup d’etat. However, after her sister and lieutenant Pre Vizsla were murdered by Darth Maul, Bo-Katan helped Obi-Wan Kenobi escape from the planet.
Since Bo-Katan bears a physical resemblance to and is voiced by actress Katee Sackhoff (who also plays Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica) she already has the perfect actor who could play her in live action. Bo-Katan’s continued adventures, and the continued fate of the planet Mandalore, would make for an excellent stand-alone film – or she could make a cameo which would be a welcome addition to just about any Star Wars film.
12. The Bounty Hunters
There are a number of bounty hunters in the Star Wars universe, and many of them only appear in the animated shows. Among them are Sugi and Embo, two of the four bounty hunters who help Anakin and Obi-Wan defend the planet of Felucia in the episode “Bounty Hunters”. The episode is a clever homage to Akira Kurosawa’s classic film Seven Samurai (1954). Kurosawa, who the episode is dedicated to, created films that were a major influence on the original Star Wars trilogy.
Sugi and Embo (pictured above) are a formidable duo. Embo is an amazing shot with a bowcaster, and Sugi is a deadly combination of strength and smarts. Together, the duo could pursue some wild bounties, or be used as easter egg background characters in live action films, much like bounty hunter Aurra Sing who appears in the background of the podracing scenes on Tatooine in The Phantom Menace (1999).
11. Rako Hardeen
The sniper Rako Hardeen was known as the best shot on the planet Concord Dawn – but he wanted to be known as the best shot in the galaxy. The bounty hunter believed that he had been hired to assassinate Obi-Wan Kenobi, but it turned out that he had been hired – and set up – by the Jedi Council so that Kenobi himself could go undercover as Hardeen in prison. Hardeen’s new reputation as a Jedi killer actually helped Kenobi navigate the criminal underworld and connect him with Cad Bane and other bounty hunters. Hardeen himself plays a minor role in the story, since the “Hardeen” in prison is secretly Kenobi.
That being said, an origin story for the real Rako Hardeen or an exploration of his life afterwards – either as the infamous criminal who killed Kenobi or as an embarrassed amateur trying to regain his reputation – could make for a fascinating story.
10. Hera Syndulla
Hera Syndulla is the Twi’lek captain of the Ghost and an important player for the fledgling rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Hera is a self-reliant mechanic, adaptable fighter, and an impressive pilot, but her greatest strength is the leadership that she brings to unite her fellow (but ragtag) crewmates in Star Wars Rebels. Hera’s relationship with the rogue Jedi Kanan Jarrus is also explored in the animated show, but because of the dangerous times that they live in, their fates are anything but certain.
It’s possible that Hera (along with Kanan and her fellow crewmates) will be mentioned in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but there is no evidence (yet) that they will make an appearance. Even if they did feature into the story of Rogue One, it would still be wonderful for the Ghost crew, along with their fearless captain, to have a story of their own on the big screen.
9. Mother Talzin & Savage Opress
Mother Talzin, the leader of the Nightsisters of Dathomir, is a powerful Force user and the mother of Darth Maul. After learning of Count Dooku’s betrayal of Asajj Ventress, Talzin plotted her revenge, giving the Sith the Nightbrother Savage Opress as a new apprentice. Talzin used her powers to strengthen Savage Opress, but he was secretly loyal to her and not Dooku, searching for his brother, Darth Maul. When Savage Opress found Darth Maul, they joined forces. Darth Sidious eventually killed Savage Opress, but Talzin remains alive and waiting – still holding a grudge against the Sith for taking her son and double-crossing the Nightsisters.
Mother Talzin and Savage Opress could give Star Wars fans the chance to return to Dathomir, one of the most interesting planets and cultures in the Star Wars universe. The Nightsisters are impressive Force users that are neither Sith or Jedi, and could complicate the conflict by bringing a third side into play.
8. Kanan Jarrus
Kanan Jarrus was just a Padawan when he avoided Order 66 and the Great Jedi Purge; his Master, Depa Billaba, sacrificed herself in order to save him, and then the young Jedi was forced to hide his identity and his Force abilities as a means of survival. Forsaking his former life, he became a pilot and a smuggler, eventually meeting and joining the Ghost crew. During this time, Kanan met the teenager Ezra Bridger, and despite Kanan’s own unfinished training, he took him on as his Padawan. However, over the course of Star Wars Rebels, Kanan has become a powerful Jedi Knight, one of the few left in the extinct Order.
Kanan’s story, along with the story of the Ghost crew on Star Wars Rebels, is far from over, with the Jedi most recently losing his sight. A further live-action installment exploring any chapter of Kanan’s life would be a welcome addition.
7. Hondo Ohnaka
Hondo Ohnaka is a space pirate who is always willing to use his wiles in order to make some money. During the Clone Wars, Hondo Ohnaka managed to kidnap and hold ransom Count Dooku, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Anakin Skywalker – all at the same time. While the Jedi rose and fell and the Empire took over the Republic, Hondo Ohnaka kept flying and kept making money. In Rebels, he tried to recruit the young Ezra Bridger to join him, and later he sold intel to the Rebel Alliance.
Hondo Ohnaka creates the potential of exploring the far reaches of the galaxy and the Outer Rim. He is a dynamic and intelligent character who isn’t above backstabbing, lying, and carrying out elaborate schemes in the name of business. His enterprising as an interstellar pirate would make for a fantastic movie, or he could provide help for a hero in need – for a price, that is.
6. Sabine Wren
Sabine Wren is a Mandalorian warrior who attended the Imperial Academy but later grew disillusioned with the Empire and joined the young Rebel Alliance. Sabine is part of the Ghost crew in Star Wars Rebels, and brings with her a unique set of skills: she is a weapons expert, a demolitions specialist, and a graffiti aficionado who has been known to tag Imperial targets. Sabine brings a flare to everything that she does, from artwork to explosions.
Sabine would be an excellent choice to include in live-action, both because of her ties to the Ghost crew and to Mandalore, a fan-favorite planet and culture that has been reimagined by the new Star Wars canon. Since Mandalore is also the planet of Jango Fett and its warrior culture influenced his son Boba Fett as well, Sabine’s backstory could also lend understanding to other characters. There’s a lot of material to explore, both in Sabine’s past and future, and she could be the window into learning more about the ways of the Mandalorians.
5. Lux Bonteri
Lux Bonteri’s father was a Separatist Senator. However, after his father’s death at the hands of clone troopers and his mother’s death at the hands of Count Dooku, Lux Bonteri chose to side with the resistance fighters on his home planet of Onderon, among them Saw Gerrera. Even while they worked together, Lux and Saw would clash. Later, Lux Bonteri became Onderon’s Senator to the Republic.
Lux Bonteri’s life as a Senator is unknown, but while he eventually came to believe in the Republic and the Jedi, it’s not as likely that his faith would be restored in the Empire. A politician from an early age, Lux Bonteri would keep his cards close to his chest, and could be an interesting double or triple agent. Plus, if Saw Gerrera is coming back, maybe his old war pal could, too – they surely would have different tactics as to how to get things done.
4. Rex, Wolffe, and Gregor
Rex, Wolffe, and Gregor are Clone Trooper who appear in both Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. All three of the clones removed their control chips during the Clone Wars, which means that they did not follow Order 66 when they were commanded to destroy the Jedi. In Star Wars Rebels, it is revealed that all three of the clones went on to retire and live together in a converted AT-TE on the planet Seelos. While Wolffe and Gregor stay behind on Seelos, Rex decides to join the fight against the Empire with the Rebel Alliance.
It’s actually possible (although not officially canon) that Rex does appear in live-action. Dave Filoni, the executive producer of Star Wars Rebels, has speculated that Rex is the white-beared commando among the Rebel ground troops during the Battle of Endor. While the character was named Nik Sant in Star Wars Legends, given the new canon, it’s possible that Rex is in Episode VI. That being said, Rex, Wolffe, and Gregor would make for a great addition to the Star Wars live action universe.
3. Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos
Asajj Ventress is a Nightsister of Dathomir, a Force-sensitive witch who was trained by the Jedi Knight Ky Narec, and later the Sith Count Dooku. After Dooku betrayed and tried to kill her, she returned to the Nightsisters and vowed revenge. Along with the Jedi Quinlan Vos, Ventress tried to kill Count Dooku; while Quinlan Vos learned the power of the dark side, Asajj Ventress learned the beauty of the Light. She fell in love with Quinlan Vos, and ultimately sacrificed herself in order to save his life.
Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos are two of the most popular Star Wars characters that do not appear in the Star Wars live-action movies. Fans would definitely appreciate a film with both characters. Additionally, both character’s distinctive physical appearances, characterization, and names would make them easy to throw into a story as a momentary Easter egg that fans would really enjoy.
2. Ezra Bridger
Ezra Bridger grew up as an orphan on Lothal, stealing in order to survive. While Ezra did not realize that had a relationship with the Force, Kanan Jarrus instantly recognized his abilities and took the teenager on as his apprentice. Despite his clear natural affinity with the Force, Ezra is prone to anger and curious about the power of the dark side of the Force. He even opened a Sith holocron, which can only be done by using the dark side of the Force.
Ezra Bridger’s life after the events of Rebels is a mystery – while there is no evidence of him in the later movies, which could point towards his death, it’s also possible that he disappeared and went into hiding like so many other Jedi before (and after) him. Given that he is around the age of Luke and Leia, he could even make an appearance in the upcoming Episode VIII (2017).
1. Ahsoka Tano
Ahsoka Tano, the Padawan of Anakin Skywalker, is one of the main characters of The Clone Wars and is later revealed to be Fulcrum, the informant who provided key information to the fledgling Rebel Alliance. In Clone Wars, Ahsoka trains to be a Jedi, but ultimately decides to leave the Order, a decision that inadvertently saves her life from the Great Jedi Purge. In Rebels, Ahsoka crossed paths with her former teacher, Darth Vader, and was caught in an explosion. Because of this, she is presumed dead by the Ghost crew. However, Vader survived the blast, and Ahsoka’s ambiguous death would allow for her to return rather easily.
Ahsoka Tano is a clear thread between The Clone Wars and Rebels, and she is an integral part of the Star Wars story. Her fate is repeatedly wrapped up in the fate of Anakin Skywalker, and in many ways, their stories are extensions of each other’s. It only seems right, then, that Ahsoka join him on the big screen.
Which animated character from one of the Star Wars television series would you like to see in a live-action Star Wars movie at some point in the future? Let us know in the comments!