So far, Disney+ has proven to be a great home for Star Wars TV shows, both animated and live-action. The excellent seventh season of The Clone Wars brought fans closure for an era that has remained somewhat elusive in the wider expanded universe. The Bad Batch has continued the story of the collapse of the Republic, while the live-action Mandalorian series has explored another interstitial era.
Where The Bad Batch (and Rebels, before it) focus on the era between the prequels and the original trilogy, The Mandalorian is set during the chaotic period between the original trilogy and the sequel series. Its spin-off show, The Book of Boba Fett, also explores this era, highlighting the fan-favorite bounty hunter. Most recently, Lucasfilm released Obi-Wan Kenobi, a sequel to Revenge of the Sith but a prequel to A New Hope. The series sees Obi-Wan actor Ewan McGregor reprising his role from the prequel series, to the delight of longtime fans.
More live-action shows focused on fan-favorite characters are also in the pipeline–soon, we’ll see Rosario Dawson portray Ahsoka Tano in her own series. Before that, Diego Luna will return to portray Cassian Andor in a self-titled TV show. But who else could headline their own show? Let’s look at a handful of Star Wars characters who deserve their own Disney+ series!
The Alden Ehrenreich-led Solo: A Star Wars Story was divisive among some fans and critics for recasting the lovable smuggler title character. However, some fans adored Ehrenreich’s impersonation of Harrison Ford and would love to see him return to the role in future projects. While Lucasfilm seems hesitant to make another Ehrenreich solo outing (Solo outing?), it would be great to see the actor return for a Disney+ miniseries.
After all, his solo movie (Solo movie?) ends on something of a cliffhanger. Despite defeating Tobias Beckett and Dryden Vos, Han learns that the dangerous former Sith Lord Maul runs the Black Sun criminal syndicate. His friend Qi’ra betrays him for Maul and leaves the character in a bizarre limbo between the end of his movie and his first appearance in A New Hope.
While Disney might not want to spend a full film budget on a follow-up to Solo, they might feel willing to authorize a smaller-scale live-action TV show. Alternatively, they could even use an animation style like Rebels to mask the oddity of other actors portraying beloved characters like Han and Lando.
Some fans hated the sequel trilogy, but millions of people adored the new trilogy of movies. However, most Star Wars fans agree that The Rise of Skywalker largely squandered Finn’s potential as a reformed Stormtrooper. He could have been the next Jedi to take on the mantle from Rey, but instead, he spends most of the movie acting as a sidekick to Rey and Poe.
It would be great to see John Boyega return to reprise his role as the fiery young Resistance member. He could return in the post-Resistance era as a new Jedi Padawan training under Rey, or he could go his own way and seek redemption for other Stormtroopers who once served under the First Order.
A hypothetical Finn-focused show could delve into the psychology of a former child soldier who was indoctrinated in a totalitarian military school. How do the Stormtroopers react to the end of the war? Do they quickly reintegrate into society, or do they stand trial for war crimes? Finn would be a great character to focus on in this kind of story.
Samuel L. Jackson is one of the most iconic actors in American cinematic history, with his on-screen gravitas and unmistakable speaking voice lending a tough edge to any character he portrays. Nowhere is this more evident than in his fantastic turn as Mace Windu in the prequel trilogy. While those films are rough at best, Jackson’s scenes are generally a treat. The guy is so cool that he gets a purple lightsaber.
While it would be unlikely for Jackson himself to reprise his role in a live-action TV series, it wouldn’t be too unusual for Disney to create an animated show centered around the character. After all, he’s already been a supporting character in The Clone Wars. A series based on Windu’s adventures during the war could be a fun throwback to the heyday of the Clone Wars series.
Alternatively, if Disney could convince Jackson to reprise his role in live-action, they could theoretically follow the character after the events of Revenge of the Sith. Sure, he fell out of a window in that movie, but that doesn’t mean much in Star Wars. Maul survived being bisected and dropped down a bottomless pit, so Mace can survive a fall from a skyscraper.
Oscar Isaac is an extremely charismatic actor, and his turn as the cocky flyboy Poe Dameron is one of the best performances of the sequel trilogy. He’s so compelling, in fact, that he got his own comic book series that ran for dozens of issues. It would be great to see more of Poe, especially in his natural environment as an ace fighter pilot.
While the war against the First Order ended in The Rise of Skywalker, a potential Dameron-centric show could take place between the events of The Last Jedi and Rise of Skywalker. He receives a promotion to the rank of general in that time period and becomes integral to the Resistance’s war effort.
Oscar Isaac already works on a great show for Disney+: He’s Marc Spector, also known as Moon Knight, the title character in the show of the same name. We’d love to see him headlining another big-budget Disney+ series!
Ezra Bridger, the plucky young protagonist of Star Wars: Rebels, disappeared from the galaxy at the end of the Battle of Lothal. He, along with his nemesis Grand Admiral Thrawn, vanished into hyperspace alongside a spacefaring flock of creatures named Purgill. Since then, he’s been missing, but his friends Ahsoka and Sabine Wren have been looking for him.
When we meet Ahsoka in The Mandalorian she’s still looking for Thrawn, and neither Ezra nor Sabine are with her. It’s unclear if they ever found their friend, or if Ahsoka is simply in this fight on her own now.
In either case, fans would love to see Ezra make the jump into live-action as a full-fledged Jedi Knight. His transformation from annoying side-kick to heroic Jedi is one of the best parts of Rebels. Now, his own solo series could be a great place to showcase how much he’s grown. The only real question now is how much of a role the character will have in the upcoming Ahsoka series.
The cocky smuggler Lando Calrissian is one of the most charismatic men in the galaxy. He’s a gambler and a sometime friend to Han Solo, though his busy professional (and criminal) lifestyle often pulls him in numerous directions. He’d be a fascinating character to follow in a solo series, as he’s one of the most morally complex characters in Star Wars.
Donald Glover turned in a fantastic performance as the character in Solo, and we’ll take any excuse to see him in front of the camera again. However, if Lucasfilm is concerned that the recasting wouldn’t go over well with some fans, they could create an animated show starring the lovable gambler.
After all, Lando already made a brief cameo in Rebels’ first season, and Billy Dee Williams provided his iconic voice for the role. A series based on the fascinating smuggler could bring some much-needed grit and grime to the Disney+ Star Wars outings. However, we’d still prefer to see Donald Glover back in the role–perhaps a series could follow his adventures after the fall of the Empire?
Clone Captain Rex is one of the protagonists of The Clone Wars, and he’s a supporting character in The Bad Batch and Rebels. He’s one of Anakin Skywalker’s best friends and fought valiantly alongside Ahsoka Tano during the war. While we catch up to him as an aging veteran in Rebels, the show makes it clear that the hero had been through quite a few adventures since we last saw him in The Clone Wars.
While The Bad Batch follows the adventures of Clone Force 99 during the early Age of the Empire, Rex has made a few brief appearances in the series. We’d love to see how the former Clone Captain navigated the turbulent era and the Empire’s transition from cloned soldiers to conscripted humans.
Voice actor Dee Bradley Baker has injected all of the clones in Star Wars with a surprising amount of humanity and pathos, making them the best part of the animated side of the Clone War era. His take on Rex is iconic, and fans adore any chance to hear him return to the role. Beyond that, Lucasfilm’s animation on the seventh season of The Clone Wars and The Bad Batch has been nothing short of breathtaking, so we’d love to see more of that on Disney+.