Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve surely heard what may be the biggest movie geek news of a generation: Star Wars is headed back to theaters for a new trilogy of films – starting with Star Wars Episode VII, which is being directed by J.J. Abrams.

In addition to a new trilogy, we now know that Star Wars standalone spinoff films are also on the way, which is why we are here to pitch “10 Star Wars Spin-off Movies We’d Like to See” – presented in no particular order of awesomeness.

NOTE: We’ll be sticking to storylines that are either already established through the expanded universe or have already been rumored for production. Epic EU storylines like The Thrawn Trilogy, New Jedi Order or Legacy of the Force are big enough to have their own movie trilogies, so you won’t find them on this list of standalone film ideas.

Shadows of the Empire

An “interquel” launched in the 1990s, Shadows of the Empire fills in a lot of the gaps between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. This includes Leia’s search for a captured Han Solo, the construction of Luke’s second Lightsaber (the green one), and a power struggle between Darth Vader and Prince Xizor, leader of a galactic criminal syndicate, for the favor of Emperor Palpatine.

Released as a multi-media project, the Shadows of the Empire novel followed a lot of the Original Trilogy characters – but the popular video game for the Nintendo 64 introduced fans to Dash Rendar, a smuggler buddy of Han Solo who aids the Rebel Alliance during Han’s carbonite siesta.

WHY IT WOULD WORK: Shadows of the Empire offers a nice balance of the familiar and the new – and considering the considerable changes that occur between Episodes V and VI, this bridge piece would be a smart addition. Sure, you may want to skip segments requiring an aged Mark Hamill or Carrie Fisher to appear onscreen – but Vader, Dash, Boba Fett and Xizor are all great dramatic personae to explore.