Disney+ has a number Star Wars spin-off stories planned, but it’s a big enough galaxy far, far away for tantalizing possibilities beyond the current slate.
Whether it’s set hundreds of years outside the live-action canon, further backstory on key, beloved characters or — WHAT? — alternate universes or timelines, Disney+ can go any number of with Star Wars’ future.
George Lucas’ creation has inspired fun fan fiction over the years. It even led to the Legends canon, which Star Wars enthusiasts took as gospel before Disney bought Lucasfilm. Well, some still consider that their personal head canon.
In any event, here are some ideas we’ve kicked around at SNIPdaily, ready to pitch to the Mouse House’s streaming platform whenever they’ll take our meetings.
The Further Adventures of Young Han & Lando
Solo: A Star Wars Story was a better movie than it had any right to be. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller with less than a month of principal photography remaining. Enter Ron Howard to save the day.
Among the best qualities of Solo was the lead performances of Han (Alden Ehrenreich) and Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). But one shortcoming of the film is it felt like a lot of crammed-in fan service. It’s as if it were a “Han’s Greatest Hits” album from any noteworthy piece of backstory dialogue.
Since the movie bombed at the box office — some believe due to its release on the heels of The Last Jedi‘s polarizing reception — it makes more sense to extend Han and Lando on a Disney+ series. They can build out the characters more without rushing the narrative, and explore more nuance to these premier galactic scoundrels.
Darth Plagueis & Palpatine: Rise of The Emperor
Who wouldn’t want to see a Palpatine Prime? Although The Rise of Skywalker was ambiguous about how Old Man Sheev returned, he did tell Kylo Ren, “I’ve died before.”
So, he learned to cheat death. How? His former master, Darth Plagueis, could do it. Palpatine described him as wise, yet outwitted Plagueis enough to him the dark lord of the Sith in his sleep.
How cool would it be to see Plagueis in live action? Plus, a world-class actor would indubitably be tempted to take up the Palpatine mantle. Matt Smith, perhaps?
Limited series starring Ben Solo
A whole article is dedicated to this already. Adam Driver is a sensational actor. No matter how you feel about the sequel trilogy, you can’t debate his brilliance in the role of Kylo Ren/Ben Solo.
I still like the movie, OK? But let’s be real: he got short-changed in Episode IX. Lengthy periods without screen time. Minimal dialogue. The dialogue that is there is often delivered off-screen, behind a lightsaber or behind his mask. His last word is, “Ow!”
You can even see in his last scene with Rey, she’s speaking, but the sound has been cut. He probably had more to say, too. That finale had to be rife with reshoots. Against all those odds, Mr. Driver crushed with what he was given — as is customary. Yep, he even nailed that Han Solo shrug. Like father, like son!
A limited-series epilogue to The Rise of Skywalker in which Ben finds his way out of the World Between Worlds and confronts all kinds of evils and Jedi therein is a powerhouse of the small screen waiting to happen.
Sebastian Stan as Luke Skywalker
The resemblance is uncanny, so why not? This just makes too much sense.
Stan’s Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier character has been a big hit in the Marvel movies. He can draw on plenty of that comic-book villain/hero’s darker tendencies to color post-Return of the Jedi Luke in wonderful ways.
The years-long ties between Marvel, Disney and Stan make him a perfect fit for this hypothetical project. Since fans didn’t get to see Luke at the absolute peak of his Jedi powers for very long, a Disney+ TV show is the perfect outlet for that.
CHECK OUT: SNIPdaily’s The Mandalorian Season 1 review
Young Yoda: Where was he hundreds of years pre-prequels?
We all love the unofficially named Baby Yoda in The Mandalorian. No need to revisit that far back with O.G. little green friend.
However, Yoda was around 900 years old in the original trilogy. The Mando show has revealed how slow his species ages, yet that still leaves hundreds of years of potentially juicy story to mine.
Here’s the issue: CGI would have to advance far enough to where it’d be indistinguishable from the classic puppet. Disney+ would also need a killer Frank Oz vocal impersonator. Everyone loves to do the Yoda voice, though, right?
Surely someone could take the reins — not literally, having a puppeteer team for an entire Yoda series probably wouldn’t be a realistic proposition. It’d be awesome to see what happened in all the years past by spending more time with Star Wars’ wisest Jedi.
Animated elseworlds “Duel of the Fates” adaptation
Now this is a bit of a bonus, as it’s not the most realistic option. However, the leaked Colin Trevorrow-Derek Connolly Episode IX script, titled Duel of the Fates, sounded awesome. Concept art also surfaced on the internet — and looked mind-blowing.
Alas, this Tervorrow-Connolly draft heavily featured Carrie Fisher’s Leia Organa, so unfortunately, it wouldn’t have worked in live action due to her untimely death.
Star Wars hasn’t really deeply explored the concept of alternate timelines or parallel universes. Why not take a swing here with this version of Episode IX many fans were enthused about?
Casting different voice actors to play key roles isn’t uncommon, and it’d be a chance to further fine-tune the story. After The Rise of Skywalker‘s polarizing reviews, this would be a fascinating way to shake up the franchise — and potentially open up a whole new kind of storytelling in the faraway galaxy.