With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hitting theaters today, and expected to do very well, speculation is already beginning on what other standalone films might be in the future of Star Wars, including one that really has us surprised. According to one source, there's a possibility that we could see a film featuring a young Luke Skywalker, that might also include an appearance by Felicity Jones' Jyn Erso.
Get your grains of salt ready because this news is the definition of unconfirmed, but it's too crazy to not discuss. While Lucasfilm has been fairly clear that there are zero plans to make a sequel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Hollywood Reporter says that Felicity Jones' contract with Disney actually includes a clause for one potential sequel. Now, since the Star Wars universe is expanding it would certainly be possible to include the character of Jyn Erso without actually making a direct sequel to Rogue One and one of the ideas that's apparently being floated around is a movie that would deal with Luke Skywalker as an even younger boy.
Needless to say, this idea is...odd. While I'm certainly not shocked that the idea of putting Luke Skywalker on screen more has come up, the fact is that doing so really would be tough to pull off. When we first meet Luke Skywalker on Tatooine he's going absolutely stir crazy. He's desperate to get off the planet. It's clear his life up to this moment has been the epitome of dull. So, how do you send him on an adventure, even if the entire thing takes place on his desert planet, without impacting that original movie? Rogue One: A Star Wars Story goes out of its way to enhance the beginning of the Star Wars saga. How could this do anything but change it?
Also, exactly how young a Luke Skywalker are we talking? Luke is supposed to be about 19 in the events of Star Wars: A New Hope. You can't make the character too much younger if you want to include Felicity Jones in the movie, but the closer you place Luke's early adventure to the events of the original trilogy the harder it's going to be to justify.
Putting a sequel clause in Felicity Jones' contract makes sense. The character clearly had an interesting life before the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and whether those events are worthy of another film themselves, or simply might result in her appearing elsewhere, you surely want to keep your options open.
In the end, I'll be shocked if this is truly the direction they go if and when they bring Felicity Jones back to the Star Wars universe. It simply presents too many questions and problems. The galaxy is endless, there's plenty more for her to do.
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