Samuel L. Jackson isn't ready to give up his role as Mace Windu just yet, and is again campaigning for the character to return. After making appearances in the Star Wars prequel movie trilogy, Windu was one of the first to oppose Anakin Skywalker's place within the Jedi Order, and his distrust was proven to be well placed. When Anakin rescued his new (Sith) master from meeting his death at the hand of Mace, Master Windu was seemingly killed in the process. He famously had his limbs cut off and was whisked away into the nightlife of Coruscant to his death... Or did he?
In the years since Revenge of the Sith hit theaters, Jackson has continued to say that in his mind Mace was able to survive these events and continued to live out his life. However, there has yet to be any official word on whether or not this is actually the case, but with a setting as big and as public as Star Wars Celebration, he is making one more pitch to Lucasfilm.
Jackson was not able to be in attendance at Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017, but he sent in a video message so he could still participate in the festivities. After stating that everyone knows Jedi can live through drastic falls and come back better than ever with mechanical appendages, he specifically addressed Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy to try and make something happen:
I am not dead … Mace Windu is awaiting his return. Let's make it happen. Kathy you're sitting right there.
Even if Lucasfilm did want to grant Jackson his request and rework canon so Mace Windu is still out there fighting, the question then becomes where his plea could be filled. Unless Mace has a life expectancy that is far great than a typical human being, there is almost no chance he is still around during the ongoing Star Wars film trilogy. Maybe Mace could find a role in one of the Star Wars anthology movies in development. In fact, he would be almost the perfect age to make an appearance in a hypothetical Obi-Wan standalone movie starring Ewan McGregor.
If it is not in an anthology capacity, the prospects of Mace returning appears to be low. Jackson's desire and that of some fans may be enough to kick off conversations in Lucasfilm, but they have remained quiet on the possibility of his return throughout the Disney-led revival of the Star Wars movie franchise. Maybe this will be a big enough push to make something happen (especially since Lucasfilm definitely knew that was on his tape) and Jackson's plea will prove to be less far-fetched than it seems.
Source: Samuel L. Jackson
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