A new fan-created Star Wars poster pitches a possible stand-alone movie featuring the 501st Battalion of the Republic from the prequel era titled 501st: A Star Wars Story. Since its resurgence in 2015 under the Disney umbrella, Lucasfilm has been finding ways to branch out from the main saga films to tell smaller, more contained stories. Thus far, we already have Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with a brand new one coming in Solo. Down the line, several reports suggest that a spin-off featuring Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and even Boba Fett are in various stages of development. This one, however, features a particular set of individuals that are easily overlooked but have been pivotal in the franchise.
Becoming legends during the prequel era, the 501st Battalion of the Republic's clone army was under the command of Anakin Skywalker with clone Captain Rex at the forefront. Their adventures were further explored in The Clone Wars animated series with more iconic characters like Echo and Fives fighting in numerous key battles during the war.
Courtesy of Deviant Art user with the handle JT169 , the fan-art puts the 501st Legion at the center of a make-believe poster for a Star Wars anthology movie that would see the troops at the center of the action. The idea quickly became popular among fans in Reddit who compare the what-could-be movie to the franchise's first crack at spin-offs: Rogue One, in a sense, that it will be gritty and a boots-on-the-ground adventure. Clone Trooper-aficionados, in particular, are supportive of the idea. Check out the image below:
The live-action anthology has the potential to work now more than ever with Captain Rex playing a regular character in Disney XD's Star Wars Rebels. Despite being a supporting player for the main cast, the Dave Filoni-produced series has established enough backstory for the clone trooper for fans to have an affinity for him. As for those who don't watch the small screen offering, the movie can quickly build his backstory by connecting him to the prequel stories. It's an interesting notion given that it could give us a fresh perspective from that era that we have yet to fully see in live-action outside of a few battles in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
Then again, the question here is what specific narrative should the film tackle. With a number of untold stories from The Clone Wars animated series to choose from (including the epic Seige of Mandalore), the 501st are more than ripe for movie potential.
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019