5 Star Wars Characters We'd Love To See Get Their Own Spinoff Series!
Written by Michael Gonzalez
Disney’s new streaming platform Disney+ will be coming in late 2019, which means Star Wars fans will be getting a lot of new content in the near future. With recent announcements of a Cassian Andor spin-off series and Pedro Pascal being cast in a lead role for Jon Favreau’s “The Mandalorian” series, here are a few characters we hope get shows of their own!
Chirrut, Baze, and the Guardians of the Whills
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story introduced an entire cast of compelling characters, which explains why Disney is moving ahead with a Cassian show. However, it would be fascinating to see Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Chen) and Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen) before Jedha fell victim to the Empire’s reign. The entire city of Jedha has such a deep mysticism to it that begs to be explored, and there would be no other way to do this than through the former protectors of the kyber crystal-infested temple. (For those that don't know, kyber crystals are used to create lightsabers.) The Guardians of the Whills also have a historic connection to the origin of Star Wars, and a series focused on Chirrut and Base would serve as a perfect platform to expand on this mystical group.
Sabine Wren and Ahsoka Tano
Spoilers for “Star Wars: Rebels” ahead. Anyone who watched “Rebels” is undoubtedly asking the question: Where is Ezra? The young Jedi sacrificed himself at the end of the show to save the fledgling Rebel Alliance, but his fate remains a mystery even after the show’s ending. All we know is that he’s still alive, as confirmed by the show’s creator Dave Filloni, and the series finale ends with Sabine Wren (Ezra’s close Mandalorian friend) and Ahsoka Tano (Anakin Skywalker’s former apprentice) setting off on a journey to find him. Both characters have strong backstories, and it would also be great to see a Star Wars show focused entirely on female protagonists, and a former Jedi and Mandalorian at that.
While Solo: A Star Wars Story didn’t produce the usual Star Wars box office numbers, it was still an exciting ride that introduced us to the criminal underbelly of the Galaxy. Alden Ehrenreich delivered a terrific interpretation of a young Han, and a TV series centered around him and Chewbacca would be irresistible. And -- spoiler warning for those who haven’t seen the film yet -- Qi’ra, Han’s first love, is left working for Darth Maul by the end of the film. It would be great to see where that storyline goes. Also, bringing back Donald Glover as Lando is just too good of a casting choice for just one film.
Moving from Han Solo to his son, a show depicting the training and eventual fall of Ben Solo has been an enticing idea since The Force Awakens. While both sequel trilogy films thus far have crafted Ben into a now-iconic, complex villain, a show depicting just how he was seduced to the Dark Side is almost necessary given the significant backstory hinted at in the films and novels. Perhaps a show depicting his early reign of terror as Kylo Ren with flashbacks to his childhood and early training years would work best. But you can bet that Disney is planning on exploring Ben’s history in a grand fashion, and a limited series with hour-long episodes sounds like the perfect way to deliver his story following the conclusion of the current trilogy next December.
Thane Kyrell and Cienna Ree
Certainly not as well known as their television and cinematic counterparts, Thane Kyrell and Cienna Ree still boast one of the most compelling storylines in the new Star Wars canon. Originating in the young adult novel Lost Stars by Claudia Gray, Thane and Cienna quickly took the fandom by storm, arguably standing as more emotionally impactful star-crossed lovers than Anakin and Padme. Readers got to witness these characters bond during their childhood days and eventually grow up together and join the Empire, until Thane decides he can no longer fight for the tyrannical rulers of the Galaxy. Despite fighting on opposite sides, the two become lovers, and even after the Rebellion defeats the Empire, there’s still plenty of their story to be told. The novel is definitely worth your time if you haven’t checked it out yet, and once you do, you’ll know why we absolutely need a show about these two amazing characters.
What Star Wars characters would YOU like to see get their own spinoff series?
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- Michael Gonzalez, YH Contributing Writer