After 18 months of relative quietness, Star Wars is returning with a bang this winter. Not only will be seeing Kylo Ren and Rey face off with the galaxy at stake in The Rise of Skywalker in December, but we’re also getting the first live action TV series, titled The Mandalorian.
The Mandalorian is primed to show viewers things they’ve never seen before, with Jon Favreau also revealing that it will also delve into the origins of the First Order and how, years after the fall of the Empire, they were able to rise to power. With that in mind, here are 10 slick characters we’d love to see get their own TV series of Disney + further down the line.
10 Boba Fett
You knew this one was coming, right? When Disney announced The Mandalorian many people were eager to know whether or not Boba Fett, the bounty hunter whose iconic appearance and ruthlessness made him a fan favourite during the original trilogy, would be returning for the series set in Tatooine.
We now know the answer but it would be great to see greater exploration of Fett’s character. We know precious little about what he did for all those years between Attack of the Clones and Empire Strikes Back, meaning Disney already have an opening. Whether they choose to go down the path in the future remains to be seen.
One Star Wars character who will be getting the TV show treatment is Obi-Wan Kenobi, with Ewan McGregor agreeing to reprise his role a whole 14 years on from Revenge of the Sith.
Part of the reason why fans have been calling for a Kenobi series is because, in the years between hiding Luke Skywalker on Tatooine and reappearing to save the former farm boy, we don’t know what Kenobi did. The same applies to Yoda, who goes into hiding on Dagobah after failing to beat Darth Sidious during their crucial duel. With that in mind it would be fascinating to see what the former Jedi master did for so many years - especially on such a desolate world.
8 Count Dooku
Christopher Lee would be unable to reprise his role as Count Dooku but, despite that, it would be great to see more of the character, who debuted in Attack of the Clones before being beheaded by Anakin Skywalker in Revenge of the Sith.
We know Dooku was once a loyal Jedi Knight and even trained Qui-Gon Jinn, the master of Obi-Wan Kenobi. The prospect of a TV show displaying Dooku switching allegiances sounds fascinating, particularly if it offers an explanation as to why he chose to join the Dark Side. Some old Republic stuff would no doubt go down a treat with fans of the entire franchise.
7 Darth Maul
Fans thought Darth Maul would be forgotten when he was sliced in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Phantom Menace during an epic showdown on Naboo. However, he’s since reappeared in The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and even Solo: A Star Wars Story, where it was revealed he was head of criminal syndicate Crimson Dawn.
His appearance in Solo suggested he’d return in a sequel but with that looking unlikely, it would be perfect to continue his story on the smaller screen instead. Maul is badass and we’d love to see him wielding his iconic double-bladed lightsaber once again.
Like Maul, Qi’Ra is another character who we feel deserves more of the spotlight. Emilia Clarke’s portrayal of her in Solo: A Star Wars Story went down well with fans enjoying her relationship with Han Solo and hoping to see more of her in any potential sequel.
And like the Sith Lord, it looks as if a TV show would be the way to go when it comes to giving fans more of the character. It was revealed at the end of the Star Wars spin-off that she was in cahoots with Maul and that’s a story we’d all like to see. Because of her mysterious nature, few would complain at seeing her return again one day.
5 Darth Vader
We know that the bulk of Star Wars media out there focused on Darth Vader and how Anakin Skywalker became arguably the most-villainous person in the galaxy. And yet, we still feel there’s more of Vader’s story that should be played out in live-action.
It would be fascinating to know what Vader thought of being encased in the iconic armour following his defeat to Obi-Wan Kenobi in Revenge of the Sith, while it would make for great viewing to see how he responded to the death of Padme Amidala. Some comics have done this so far but, despite that, the thought of a Vader TV show makes for exciting viewing.
4 Lando Calrissian
Lando Calrissian remains a character full of mystery despite his appearances in The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Like Qi’Ra and Maul, he’s somebody who seems to have paid the price for the divisive movie that was The Last Jedi. There’s no guarantee we’ll see Donald Glover reprising his role as the galaxy’s biggest sleazebag but, because of how well he performed in Solo, we’d love to see it happen. Furthermore Lando seems to be connected to the bulk of the galaxy’s most-questionable characters and more detail on how that came to be would go down a treat with fans.
Obviously, we won’t be seeing Chirrut appearing in any future Star Wars movies due to his death in Rogue One, where he perished as the Rebel Alliance battle for access to the Death Star plans on Scarif. But, as Cassian Andor shows, death shouldn’t be the end to your hopes of getting your own spin-off TV show.
Audiences would love to see how he and Baze Malbus were able to become such close friends - especially given how the latter didn’t seem sold on the force idea during Rogue One. Their relationship could see them delving into old religions, battling the Empire and keeping people safe as the organisation tightens its grip on the galaxy. And it would no doubt be a huge hit as a result.
2 Qui Gon-Jinn
Qui-Gon Jinn was one of the best things about 1999’s The Phantom Menace, with viewers immediately taking to Liam Neeson’s character. What becomes clear during that movie, though, is that Jinn is no ordinary Jedi. Instead, he likes to push boundaries and chooses to embrace, but now follow, both sides of the Force.
We also know he trained under Count Dooku and it would make for enthralling viewing if you were to see the duo teaming up together during their younger years. Being something of a morally ‘grey’ Jedi it would also give Disney a chance to expand other viewpoints of the force, rather than simply the light and the dark side.
1 Mace Windu
The last time we saw Mace Windu, he appeared on course to die after being thrown from a great height by Palpatine after their fiery showdown on Naboo. The official stance is that he didn’t survive but, if Palpatine is somehow still alive in The Rise of Skywalker, who’s to say they can’t do the same with Samuel L. Jackson’s character as well?
Jackson himself has insisted he’d be open to reprising his role and if Disney were to bring him back, people would likely tune in. Furthermore, they could create a fresh, original story as to how he survived and bring back the only purple-lightsaber-wielding character in the whole saga. Simply put, we’d love to see it happen.