Samuel L. Jackson exited the Star Wars franchise in a pretty gnarly way. In Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Mace Windu - Jackson's purple lightsaber-wielding Jedi character in the prequels - is doing battle Chancellor Palpatine and just when it looks like the good guys have won, Anakin (Hayden Christensen) chops Mace's arm off with his lightsaber and Palpatine shoots him out of a window using force lightning. Certainly a bad way to go out, but as true fans know death isn't necessarily the end of a Jedi's existence - remember how both Obi-Wan and Anakin showed up as ghosts at the end of Return of the Jedi? And that's a fact that Jackson hopes the crew behind Star Wars Episode VII will recognize so that he can have at least more more chance to play Mace Windu.
Speaking with E!, Jackson revealed that he would love the chance to return to the Star Wars franchise, be it as a live being or even if it means that he would be missing limbs and only appear as a light blue, ethereal presence. "I'm not surprised but totally geeked by the idea of there being more Star Wars," Jackson said when asked about the next sequel while on a red carpet at the Spike TV Video Game Awards. After offering up a conspiracy plot that would involve Mace Windu missing a limb but still breathing in Episode VII, he confirmed that the character wouldn't have to be alive in order for him to be interested in reprising the role. Said Jackson, "I could do that or be a ghost hologram. I don't care. I just want to stay associated with the franchise. Not that I won't because I've been in three of them."
Star Wars Episode VII is currently being written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) and doesn't currently have a director. Walt Disney Studios, which bought out Lucasfilm earlier this year, will be releasing the movie in 2015.
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