It was announced yesterday or maybe even last night that Disney CFO Jay Rasulo let it be known that the series of standalone “Star Wars” films that will be coming over the next few years – in addition to Episodes VII, VIII, and IX – will be “origin” stories. The question now being, with so many Star Wars characters to choose from, what origin stories will resonate most with the fans (and, the box office).
There are definitely fan favorites but then there are those which hold more relevance to the Star Wars universe as a whole. Here are our 7 picks for worthwhile origin stories to be considered:
The ruthless but efficient mercenary known as Boba Fett, the unaltered child clone of Jango Fett, is arguably one, if not THE most popular fan favorite in the entire Star Wars universe. We see him first, as a young but very capable boy in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, but there is a lot more to the development of this character than we are allowed to see, which would make an origin story about his beginnings so intriguing.
The scoundrel,m smuggler and self-styled ladies man that is Han Solo is another fan favorite who would also make an interesting story. His adventures and run-ins with the empire and the criminal underground (ex. The Hutts) as well as how he and his co-pilot and friend Chewbacca came to be, could be fun as well as revealing, into the legend that is Solo!
The ‘walking carpet’ as Princess Leia so eloquently put, is non-other than Chewbacca, the Wookie co-pilot to Han Solo (above) on the smuggling freighter, The Milennium Falcon. Chewbacca first appeared in Episode IV: A New Hope (the first Star Wars film), but we then later saw him in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, fighting the Empire on his home planet and whisking Yoda to safety before being overrun by Imperial troops. There is obviously more to this gentle giant that we’ve been privy to.
Grand Master Jedi Yoda, is the long-time the head of the Jedi Order, and although he is prevalent throughout the Star Wars films, we know surprisingly little about him. How could a creature so small, be so powerful and how did he rise to the level we know see him at? Where is he from? What is his history? Oh, to see the the planets, systems and battles Master Yoda has been through?! When Yoda passed on he was 900 years old. Yes, I think there is a LOT more to the little green fella.
Master Jedi Mace Windu
Besides the fact Jedi Mace Windu is played by the ever-so-popular actor Samuel L. Jackson, we know Master Windu to be a capable and trusted Jedi advisor to Grand Master Yoda. We have also had the pleasure of seeing Master Windu do battle with and BEST The emperor, Darth Sidious. before foolish Anakin Skywalker decided to intervene. Understanding the true power and skill of other Jedi’s, like Mace Windu would make for an exciting and adventurous tale indeed.
Now although Boba Fett is one of the top fan favorites, I am going to go out on a limb and guess that When Darth Maul made his debut in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, he instantly became BAD ASS #1. Darth Maul and his (at the time) unprecedented, dual-bladed light saber had probably one of the most intense and memorable fight scenes ever, with Obi Wan Kenobi finally besting the Sith apprentice. And although there are books available (Star Wars: Darth Maul, Shadow Hunter) that more fully discuss Maul’s history, what I wouldn’t give for an origin story on one of the coolest of the Sith!
Also known as Darth Sidious, also known as The Emperor, also known as Senator Palpatine. The Dark Lord of the Sith! We are given a small window into his dark past when he lets slip to Anakin in dark delight, how he back-stabbed he former master. How did Palpatine escape detection for so long from the Jedi? His power is truly the darkest and strongest in the galaxy. He is, aside from Master Yoda, the most powerful, force-capable being in the Star Wars universe, and probably deserves his own title more than any other.
And lastly, Jar-Jar Binks (Just kidding!)
Well there you have it. It has been rumored that origin stories for Yoda, Han Solo and Bob Fett were being considered, but what I wouldn’t give to see a ‘dark origins’ tale of one of the Sith, Maul or Palpatine? Perhaps, if Disney sees early successes with its planned roll-out we may yet see some darker more unique story lines.
If you had it your way, who would be your pick for a Star Wars origin story?