The end is nigh as Disney prepares to round off over 40 years of Star Wars history in next year’s Star Wars: Episode IX. With J.J. Abrams back at the helm after 2015’s The Force Awakens, and a confirmed cast of Star Wars legends, all of fandom is preparing to jump into hyperspace.
Bringing back Luke, Leia, and Lando, Episode IX promises to be the end of the road for the story that George Lucas started with A New Hope back in 1977. Although the world of Star Wars is sure to live on in the various spinoffs and rumours of Episode X - XIII, now might be the last chance saloon for some of the old crowd that have made the sci-fi series so memorable. So, as we head back to that galaxy far, far away, here are 10 characters who should come back for Star Wars: Episode IX.
Why not complete the whole Force ghost family? Although Alec Guinness can’t reprise his role as Old Ben Kenobi, some Benjamin Button trickery could turn Ewan McGregor into an aged Obi-Wan. McGregor is already circling an Obi-Wan spin-off, so let’s start the hype early.
With Mark Hamill already confirmed to return as Luke—presumably in Force ghost form—and Yoda almost certain to pop up talking riddles again, an Obi-Wan cameo is key to finishing the Skywalker saga in style.
Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars story did a great job of introducing Emilia Clarke as love interest, Qi’ra. Cleverly weaving a brand new character into a world that has existed for 40 years was no mean feat, but as the credits rolled, there was a question mark hanging over where she goes next. The answer is relatively simple—Episode IX.
Similar to making McGregor older, Clarke (or someone else) could play Qi’ra in the final battle between the Resistance and the First Order. If there isn’t a Solo sequel, it would be a crying shame to waste such a complex character. Who knows, maybe she is Rey’s mother?
Speaking of Qi’ra’s villainous turn, Solo also contained another jaw-dropping twist when it revealed that Darth Maul was the head of Crimson Dawn.
Yes, he is due another death before the events of Episode IX if we’re to take Star Wars Rebels into account, but the idea of having more of the Sith/cyborg and his mechanical legs on our screens is just a little too tempting.
Jar Jar Binks
Don’t go all Han Solo and shoot us on this one -- hear the argument out. There is no escaping that Jar Jar Binks was one of the most hated creations of George Lucas’ prequel trilogy, if not all of cinematic history. The character was disliked so much, he was slowly phased out to a mere cameo in Revenge of the Sith.
Remembering that dark Darth Jar Jar theory on Reddit, he could’ve been so much more, so why not give him a second chance? If Christopher Nolan had tried to reinvent Mr. Freeze after Batman & Robin, no one would’ve batted an eyelid. Your call J.J., your call!
She may sound like a species of garden insect, but let’s remember the importance on Mon Mothma on the whole Star Wars franchise. As the co-founder of the Rebel Alliance, the fiery female politician was more than just a funny name. With her political prowess, Mothma could help usher in a new era of peace.
Also, just like the others on the list, original actress Caroline Blakiston is still alive. Blakiston may have only appeared in Return of the Jedi, but as one of the few female characters (and in this female-first era of Leia and Rey), it makes sense that Episode IX tries to bring her back.
For a character that said only four lines in the original trilogy, it is a strange turn of events that Boba Fett became such a fan-favourite character of Star Wars. Although he lost his life as he tumbled into the Great Pit of Carkoon, real Star Wars fans will know that Boba escaped the insides of the Sarlacc in the Expanded Universe.
Although the Expanded Universe was declared void after the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney, audiences have slowly seen elements of this forgotten lore make their way into official canon. The studio may be touting a Boba Fett standalone movie (again), but why not continue his story in Episode IX? After all, there’s space for an armour-plated badass now Phasma has met her maker.
A forgotten hero of Star Wars, just where would we be without Wedge Antilles? With Greg Grunberg teasing his return as Snap Wexley, just where is Denis Lawson?
Lawson was incorrectly quoted as saying that returning to his role as the Rogue Squadron founder would’ve bored him, and the 70-year-old claims a scheduling conflict was why he couldn’t return for The Force Awakens. Considering that Antilles canonically trained Wexley, it seems only right that he returns to lead the Resistance against the First Order.
Even with the Emperor wiping out 99.9% of the Jedi thanks to Order 66, Star Wars managed to keep the likes of Yoda and Obi-Wan alive for storytelling sakes. Among those rare survivors was Ahsoka Tano. Briefly seen in the movies and given an expanded role in the animated Clone Wars and Rebels TV series, Tano is one of the greatest Jedi creations out there.
The ending of Rebels left Ahsoka’s future up in the air, but there is every chance the tough Togruta lived to fight another day. Interestingly, the casting of Abrams staple Keri Russell has everyone guessing who she will play in Episode IX. Forget Luke’s wife, Mara Jade, what if she’s Ahsoka Tano?
The Knights of Ren
Forget just one character, how about a whole team of MIA spacemen? The arrival of Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren came with his own creepy entourage known as the Knights of Ren. With the Sith all but gone, the Knights of Ren had the potential to be a dangerous new force under the control of Supreme Leader Snoke. Also instrumental in Kylo’s move to the dark side, there was the opportunity to expand his backstory.
Even Rian Johnson himself admitted to the Empire Podcast that he was aware he missed them out. He said that honestly, he just didn’t see a place for them. Luke Skywalker confirmed that Ben took a handful of his students the night his academy fell, but there’s still no confirmation that these fallen Jedi are the Knights of Ren. Over to you Mr. Abrams.
Also rounding off the many decades of Skywalker law, isn’t it about time Biggs Darklighter gets his time to shine? A forgotten piece of Star Wars history was Garrick Hagon’s reduced role as Biggs Darklighter from A New Hope. Back when Lucas was crafting his galaxy, A New Hope was simply titled Star Wars.
The very earliest drafts had Darklighter as the younger brother of Leia, then the brother of Luke, and finally a childhood friend of Luke in the third draft. Lucas had filmed several scenes to expand Biggs’ friendship with Luke, but the final cut simply referred to Darklighter as Red Three. It’s time to go back to the start and give Biggs the justice he deserves!