Following the conclusion of the sequel trilogy, many fans have been curious about the future of the Star Wars universe. Often times, their clamor for more content has been answered through shows like The Mandalorian and the scheduled Bad Batch.
With the overwhelming success of the first, there are many possibilities to explore new series and characters, even using those that already exist in the canon universe. By identifying ten individuals who would make excellent leads in their own live-action adaptations, we can speculate what the future might hold.
10 Mace Windu
Mace Windu is an excellent candidate to be the lead in a live-action adaptation for a number of reasons. Not only has Samuel Jackson expressed an interest in reprising the role, but there are a number of angles from which to explore his story.
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We could see his days in the Jedi Council and his fight against the Separatists or alternatively find out what became of him after Anakin Skywalker cut off his hand and nearly took his life. The latter would provide a window into existence on Coruscant after the Empire’s coup.
9 Plo Koon
Plo Koon was a Jedi master very much like Mace Windu. He has a number of qualities that make him distinct and worthy of his own live-action adaptation, including his unique relationship with the clones and the abilities at his disposal.
He is one of the few Jedi capable of launching Electric Judgment, the light side iteration of the famous Sith Force Beam. These controversial practices would provide enormous plot potential, both in his battles against the villains and in the way his constituents might observe his actions.
8 Jango Fett
A potential spinoff with Jango Fett has the potential to distinguish itself from The Mandalorian by the context it can give its viewer in regards to the prequel trilogy. Specifically, it allows us to understand the man’s relationship with his son, who would become a legend of the galaxy in his own right many years later.
Also, we would get more information about the clones themselves, as Fett was the genetic template used to create them. So there are a number of twists that a Jango Fett adaptation could take to make it stand out from a generic bounty hunter series.
7 Darth Maul
Initially designed to be a one-off villain in The Phantom Menace, it didn’t take long for Darth Maul to unveil his potential when he was reintroduced in The Clone Wars. There is enormous potential for her character, especially if her origins on Dathomir are explored.
Although his rivalry with Kenobi has already been taken into account in existing canon material, we could still explore his life with Sidious before the fateful encounter with Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice. This would create an opportunity for an alien-centric series that doesn’t exist yet.
6 Ahsoka Tano
Ahsoka Tano was Anakin Skywalker’s apprentice and a brilliant prodigy in her own right. She was able to escape Grievous, outmaneuver her clone pursuers (before and after Order 66), and was even one of the few Jedi to defeat Darth Maul in a single duel.
This provides him with enormous potential, especially if Darth Vader is cast as the main antagonist of the series. Even if he did not explicitly defeat him, their sobering and complex relationship would allow us to gauge how much humanity remains within the newly christened Sith Lord.
5 Qui-Gon Jinn
Qui-Gon Jinn was Obi-Wan Kenobi’s former teacher and Count Dooku’s apprentice. Both present astonishing possibilities for exploration, whether it be following their young student’s journey to becoming the hero who defeats the Separatists we see in the Clone Wars or his own master’s descent into evil.
When introduced to him, Jinn was presented as the ideal Jedi and as someone who could see beyond his usual corrosive bureaucracy, which is demonstrated by his refusal to hold a seat on the Council. This illustrates his humility and how he embodies all the aspects that the Order claims to defend. His modesty would make him a nice and well-known protagonist in the universe.
Rex was a clone trooper who was distinguished by his skill, intelligence and, above all, his critical thinking skills. He appeared in Rebels as a supporting character along with the other soldiers who disagreed with the Palpatine massacre.
The man is notable for the way he circumvented Order 66. By nullifying the chips on his forehead and that of his companions, he was able to honor Fives’ death and avoid living a life of dishonor and slavery under the onerous thumb of the Empire. His past gives a lot of play when it comes to storytelling, especially through his conflict with the clones who did not desert.
3 Count Dooku
Count Dooku was one of the Separatist leaders during the Clone Wars and the direct apprentice of Lord Sidious. Despite the evil he unleashed in the galaxy, he has proven to be a character with moral overtones.
He only defected to the Sith after becoming disillusioned with the ways of the Jedi. If there is a series about his younger years in service to the Order, we will be able to better understand his decisions and critically analyze how his path to the dark side paralleled Anakin’s.
2 Darth Vader
Ironically, the most plausible candidate for a live-action series is Star Wars’ best-known villain, Darth Vader. Following the conclusion of Order 66 and its subsequent defeat at the hands of Kenobi, we glimpse his anguish and despair over what he had done, specifically over the death of Padme.
Although it is difficult to present him in a redeeming light due to his frequent and unrepentant brutality, his humanity never left him. This was proven by his betrayal of Palpatine at the end of Return of the Jedi.
1 Grand Admiral Thrawn
Thrawn was the Grand Admiral of the Empire and a man named by Sidious himself. Despite his reviled loyalties, his story is truly admirable.
Discriminated against for his foreign ancestry, he rose through the imperial ranks despite many obstacles in his way. In addition, he respects foreign cultures, behaving with much more decency and respect than most of his peers. This man’s most prodigious asset is his vast and terrifying intelligence, giving him limitless possibilities to dazzle audiences as he leads his forces to victory against impossible odds. Although he is not a hero, he is such a nice villain as to be a possible main character.