Star Wars is the big thing right now and it couldn't come at a better time for myself since the Hobbit trilogy has ended. Next year begins a brand new (well sort of) franchise that will be as epic and huge as Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and The Hobbit franchises. Long time fans of Star Wars have been clamoring for more movies to be made, to follow the original trilogy. Fan prayers have been answered considering that J.J. Abrams is directing Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
What's great is that it just wrapped up and the trailer is awesome. I'm sure you've already seen it if you are reading this article, but if you are reading this article than you probably are the type of person who would love to watch the trailer again:
But that's not the only good news, apparently, since Disney now owns the rights to the Star Wars properties, we will not only be getting an all new trilogy every other year, but also be getting solo films and spin-offs in-between to fill in the gap and thus satisfy the mad-cravings for some Star Wars awesomeness.
So, I want to take this time to talk about solo films I'd like to see. Full disclosure, some are probably already in the works with one in particular already announced with Gareth Edwards (director of Godzilla and Monsters) to direct the film.
But let's get started.
One of the most celebrated characters in Star Wars and an original iconic role to inspire future films within the genre, I think that Han Solo is definitely worthy to have his own film.
I think that with Han Solo's film, it should take place pre-Episode IV and post-Episode III. But for this movie, for this character in particular, I don't want to hear a whole lot about Jedi. I think that this movie would do well enough on its own with character like Han and wouldn't need to have an abundance of lightsabers. Actually, I don't even think lightsabers are needed at all, the film should be so far away from anything involving that side of Star Wars.
I'd like to see several possibilities played out in this movie though, for instance:
- The origin of Chewbacca
- How Han became mixed up with Jabba the Hutt to begin with.
- Showcasing some rivalries between Han and Lando
Those are just a few of the things that wouldn't necessarily have to be in the film, but you get the point, there's enough backstory for Han's character to make several films. So at least give him one.
Oh, one more thing.
I'm gonna fan-cast a young Han Solo, and my choice for the role would go to Garrett Hedlund, who's demeanor I think is befitting for a young Han Solo and he seems to be able to pull off the mouthy persona that Harrison Ford brought to the role in the original trilogy.
Gareth Edwards is directing the first ever live-action Star Wars spin-off film and it's going to star every Star Wars fan's favorite bounty-hunter: Boba Fett.
What's interesting is that the movie has been described as a heist film set in the Star Wars universe, I've also heard people say that it will be the Star Wars version of the Suicide Squad, as in it starring a bunch of miscreants who are out in a group doing dangerous jobs that no one else would do.
The movie is reportedly pre-Episode IV, which makes sense to me. I think it would be amazing to have his film, like Han Solo's, be somewhat separate from anything involving Jedi for the most part. Now, I could excuse this movie a little more leniently if they did include Jedi because it would be somewhat believable if the more shady side of the Empire (the part the public doesn't see) would use the resources of ruthless bounty hunters to do the dirty work.
I know there are rumors that Temuera Morrison may be returning to play the part of Boba Fett since Boba Fett is now a clone of Jango Fett ever since Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clone. It's a funny thing really, when Disney bought Lucas' properties, it was rumored that they thought about dropping the prequel trilogy as canon from the rest of the original trilogy and any future installments. But in the end they decided to keep that, and staying in line with what's been done, i feel it's only appropriate that Temuera Morrison be given the chance to play the role since he has shown much dedication to Star Wars not only in movies, but in cartoons and video games as well.
I think that Obi-Wan Kenobi has a loyal fanbase and I know that he will always be a highly revered character. He too, has had an impact on the sci-fi/fantasy genre. You always hear of movies coming out with certain characters that are the "Obi-Wan" of the story or the "Gandalf" of the story (for you fantasy nerds).
As far as what his story could be in his own solo film, I'd like to see it take place immediately after the events of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. We know that he went into hiding, but think about how much work it takes to build a reputation like the one he has in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
It would just be really cool seeing him walking through areas like the cantina in Mos Eisley and also dealing with Sand-People and trying to stay hidden from the Empire who would at this time, still be scouring the galaxy for any Jedi remnants.
He later became used in many more forms of entertainment from video games, books, and comics, to say that Darth Vader is one of the bigger pop-culture icons as far as entertainment goes would be an understatement.
Anyone who has ever seen the Star Wars prequel trilogy can tell you that Darth Vader's lines from heart. Such lines consist of:
"I am your father."
"You underestimate the power of the dark side."
"I find your lack of faith disturbing."
And if they can't quote anything, they can all at least attempt the heavy breathing aspect of Darth Vader's character.
But to see a Darth Vader movie would be amazing. We live in a film industry that likes to put the focus on villains now. That's why we're getting movies like the solo Boba Fett movie, Suicide Squad, and why Sony wants to put out a Sinister Six movie. People like villains, I don't know what it is that makes them so compelling but they are, especially when the villains have become the way they are because of a traumatic, emotionally scarring incident, similar to how Darth Vader came to be.
But there are stories out there that focus on Darth Vader, books that really put the focus on who he is and things he's done, and those stories won't stop. One of the new installments into the Star Wars novel production is a book starring Darth Vader himself alongside the Emperor as well.
Give us this movie, make it dark, make it scary. Because if there's one thing that should traumatize the audience, it should be the eerie quiet being disrupted by the labored, mechanical breathing as Darth Vader strolls into a room with dark intentions for his victims.
I wish I would have kept up with the Star Wars: Rebels but alas, it has just not worked out with me and my schedule to find the time to watch the show yet, but it is on my to watch list. But from what I've seen, I've really enjoyed what I've seen so far. I like all the characters that they've included and I like that some of the designs are recycled concepts for characters like Chewbacca and R2-D2.
But one character that I was taking an interest in when I first saw the trailer for the show was Kanan Jarrus. What I've been disappointed in the show so far (and maybe it's changed cause I'm behind) was that they weren't expounding on Kanan's past so much, nor did they put much attention on his and Hera's relationship a whole lot. But the show is new and I like what I've seen of the other characters thus far.
But if they haven't updated the show and given Kanan more screentime and story, the place where I truly enjoy the character is in the very first novel that connects with the current Star Wars canon: Star Wars: A New Dawn. I love who Kanan is in that book, I loved the prologue of his character being unusually curious for a Jedi.
I'm also looking forward to the fact that Kanan is going to be getting his own comic book series published by Marvel sometime in the beginning of 2015. The story seems to be focused on him when he was an adolescent and from the looks of it, may also include some of his adventures as an adult as well.
I'd like to see this translated to film. I've always loved new characters, I love Kanan so far and I feel that the fact that the character has been given so such a big push by being included in a tv show, his own book, and already his own comic, that there is enough story to work with and explore with this character.
I'd personally love to see the movie be filled with flashbacks of Kanan as a youngling in the Jedi Academy and then back to the man on the run he is now. For the man version of Kanan, I thought that Bradley Cooper would be perfect for the role.
I think Cooper has the perfect personality for Kanan. He's got that pseudo-cowboy flare to him, he's mouthy, and he's sharp. I think that it would be very cool to see this actor who has a Han Solo type of quality to his demeanor play that role in the form of a Jedi. That's just my personal opinion.
I remember watching the prequel trilogy this past year, thinking about how painful it was to rewatch them because as a kid I thought they were amazing, CGI and all.
But I hated everything that George Lucas put in there that shouldn't have been, the humor was cringe-worthy, the graphics were silly and should have been kept to practical-effects as much as possible (thank you Abrams for going back to that), and the scripts were just so poorly written that it ruined who we all thought Anakin Skywalker should be, who Boba Fett should be, and so-on and so-forth.
So, I don't know what it was that compelled me to start watching the Star Wars: Clone Wars show, but I got hooked. The show was everything that the prequel movies should and could have been. There were so many compelling stories, they made Anakin likeable again and I even liked the little Boba Fett kid cause he was devious and troublesome, not emo and sad.
But one of my favorite things about Star Wars: Clone Wars was Ahsoka Tano. She brought so much life to the show I thought, I enjoyed seeing a somewhat main character not be a human for once, I know there was Yoda, but Ahsoka was there in the thick of it in almost every episode. I loved her innocence and naivety, it made her character seem truly pure in heart and she remained that way until her last episode.
Speaking of her last episode, that's exactly why I feel she deserves her own show. The last episode she appeared in (besides the Lost Missions stuff with Yoda) was where she was on the run for being framed a murderer. She ended up leaving the Jedi way behind her, wanting to seek out a something else for her life. It was sad and heart-felt.
But I always wanted her to return in some way, I would have liked to have seen her in a novel or make an appearance on Star Wars: Rebels. But ultimately, I'd love to see her get her own movie for three main reasons.
- First female-focused Star Wars film sounds like it would go over well with the general audience.
- First Star Wars movie to star an alien rather than some form of human.
- Would continue her story and show us where she left to and how she dealt with the rise of the Empire and the death of almost every Jedi she grew up and trained with.
These are very deep things that I think could be touched upon in a Star Wars movie. I think focusing on her life after the events of Episode III and her being misunderstood or misjudged because people would be trying to ask some very important questions:
- Would she go back to her Jedi ways in secret because she felt guilty for abandoning them? Would there be survivor's guilt on her part?
- Would she try to stay hidden and be on the run from the Empire, trying to separate herself from the Jedi as much as possible after she sees what's become of them.
- How would she deal with Darth Vader and would she discover that it is her old Master Anakin Skywalker underneath the grim helmet, dealing out death to the Jedi?
- Were the visions Yoda have her dying true or were they manifestations of his fear?
So yeah, I'm interested in seeing Ahsoka Tano in a film all of her own and I'd truly back the casting of Mila Kunis in the role.
I think what sells me about Mila Kunis is not only the fact that she is a great actress, but that she has the look of Ahsoka Tano. Her eyes are huge and bright and I think could bring the physical characteristics of Ahsoka Tano in a great way.
Well, there you have it, the six Star Wars solo films that I'd like to see made. I've been wanting to write this article for a while but only just now received the time and the drive to do so. I certainly hope you enjoyed reading it.
As always, feel free to comment and to vote.