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Disney+'s launch date is right around the corner, and it won't be long until there is a slew of new Star Wars shows making their debut. So far we have The Mandalorian, a Rogue One prequel drama, and a series that will feature Ewan McGregor reprising the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi. It's a reality that some would've never imagined at the start of this decade, and it truly feels like a wonderful time to be alive...for Star Wars fans, at least.
Provided these shows are a massive success that leaves Disney searching for the next great Star Wars character that is most deserving of a live-action or animated series, who should get picked? Here are some of the iconic characters we'd love to see get their own Star Wars show somewhere down the line. (Like maybe as soon as this list is finished.)
Though she's never had a presence in the main Star Wars film trilogies, Ahsoka Tano has been a staple of the animated shows for quite some time. Her journey began as a Padawan of Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and things really intensified when the Togruta survived Order 66. She later met up with her master in Star Wars: Rebels, and nearly died by his hand, as Anakin had fallen to the dark side as Darth Vader by then.
A live-action series would not only give Star Wars fans something they've craved for a long time, but it would also be a chance to continue fleshing out Ahsoka's story post-Star Wars: Rebels. Where did she run off to after the series? Is she still alive in the sequel trilogy era? She'd be crazy-strong with the Force by now, right? So many questions, and with as many fans as the Star Wars character has gained over the years, one has to imagine we'll get answers eventually.
It may not be apparent to the average Star Wars fan, but Qui-Gon Jinn was an total bad ass amongst the Jedi. He was a Jedi Master respected enough to be offered a seat on the Jedi Council, but he rejected the prestigious honor in order to follow his own path, which didn't totally align with the views of the council. (Rebels gonna rebel.) He was even the student of former Jedi Count Dooku, which surely had an interesting story or two worth telling!
I'd love to see a story from Qui-Gon Jinn's life prior to Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, if only to justify him as a legitimate threat. Jinn gets a lot of hype in that prequel film, but his legacy involves finding the kid who will eventually destroy the Jedi, AND he was outclassed by a dude who got bodied by Jinn's former Padawan not just once, but twice. A Jinn series wouldn't only redeem the Star Wars character as a cool Jedi, but also give us a live-action series set squarely in the pre-prequel era.
Captain Cardinal (Archex)
Captain Phasma is one of the most well-known First Order loyalists boasting some sweet stylized Stormtrooper armor, but she's not the only one. There's Star Wars: Resistance's Commander Pyre, as well as a Star Wars character that has so far only appeared in the new Star Wars novels, Captain Cardinal or Archex. Prior to Phasma's arrival, he was the top man in the First Order, but things obviously changed upon her arrival.
A rivalry was sparked between the two, and things end up taking a very interesting turn for Archex at the end of Phasma. His story is still ongoing in the Star Wars universe, and it'd be great if a TV series, limited or otherwise, picked up with Archex and Phasma hero Vi Moradi (pictured above) on their journey through the galaxy. With Black Spire highlighting the two's journey through Galaxy's Edge, it seems like a great time to use Disney's expansive and expensive theme park to showcase a television set piece!
The Star Wars universe has done a respectable job at closing its timeline gaps under Disney, though there are some Star Wars characters' stories that could benefit from being fleshed out even further. For example, we really only know in the vaguest of terms what Luke Skywalker was up to post-Return of the Jedi, and how he eventually turned his back on the Force and went into exile. What happened in the years before Luke trained Ben Solo?
There has to be some potential in telling that side of the story, although it likely couldn't be told with Mark Hamill in the title role. It'd require a Luke re-cast with a younger actor. Disney might take pause with that, considering producers didn't want to recast Leia (though it's happened in animated adventures), not to mention the underwhelming box office for Solo: A Star Wars Story. On the flip side, audiences seemed to love Donald Glover's Lando, and the still-living Hamill could offer his blessing to a younger actor taking the mantle. So Disney could probably work on a Luke Skywalker series or miniseries without much controversy.
Darth Sidious/Sheev Palpatine
Have you ever heard of the tragedy of Darth Plageius the Wise? Many Star Wars fans without a doubt remember the story Palpatine told to Anakin about his former master. For those that don't remember, it was the story of how a young Darth Sidious murdered his former master after learning all of his knowledge, and then went on to be one of the most notorious villains in Star Wars lore.
The Star Wars prequels have their dark moments, but at the end of the day, one can understand that Anakin was more or less manipulated into the Dark Side when he crossed over. Based on what we know about Sheev Palpatine, though, he's been evil for the majority of his life, so a series about him would be quite a dark chapter for the franchise to cover. If Disney+ is willing to go that route following The Mandalorian, there are definitely some fans that would love to see it. For those wondering "Why not Vader?" we've already got a comic book run for him, so let's not get greedy.
Have another Star Wars character that would make for a great series on Disney+ after The Mandalorian? Let us know your suggestions down in the comments below, and as always, continue to stick with CinemaBlend for all the latest and greatest news happening in the world of television and movies.