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The Five 'Star Wars' Characters Who Deserve Stand-alone Films

We’re still waiting (patiently) for concrete news regarding J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, which is expected in theaters in 2015. Variety, however, has shifted the focus away from the sequel to the subsequent stand-alone films Disney and Lucasfilm say that they want to release every other year. 
 
In a conference call with investors, Walt Disney Co. Chief Financial Officer Jay Rasulo promised that “the sky’s the limit” for this franchise. The trade then confirms that one Star Wars trilogy film or “origin story film” would appear on the release schedule each year, starting with the seventh installment in 2015.
 
Origin stories, eh? You don’t say? 
 
There was no news as to which characters from the Star Wars universe might earn their own film. So allow us to speculate (which is what Star Wars fanatics do on a regular basis). Knowing that Disney wants to get origin films into theaters in what I guess will be 2016, ’18 and ’20, here are the three Star Wars characters who absolutely deserve to be first out of the gate when it comes to showing fans what they were like long before we got to know them. 
 
Han Solo
 
 
Could there BE any other choice? When we first meet Solo in A New Hope, he’s a cocky smuggler up to his ears in debts and troubles. There are countless adventure stories you could tell in Solo prequel films. The hardest part might be casting a young Solo, and filling Harrison Ford’s shoes in the process. 
 
Boba Fett
 
 
Darth Vader’s trusty bounty hunter met his end in Return of the Jedi. But what did this silent antagonist do to earn Vader’s trust? And how many times did he cheat death over the years? There are several different ways Boba Fett can be positioned for stand-alone Star Wars movies, and I hope a director sinks his claws into this flawed character, because I think he could be fascinating. 
 
Lando Calrissian
 
 
And now for something completely different. Put your sci-fi action on the shelf for a year and give me a romantic drama centered around a young, suave Lando in Cloud City. Cast Michael B. Johnson, and watch the sparks fly. It might create a disturbance in the Force… but it also would be a whole lot of fun. 
 
Darth Maul
 
 
Yes, a prequel-trilogy character. Perish the thought! But if any villain deserved more attention after the prequels, it’s Darth Maul. The animated Clone Wars series actually did an excellent job exploring the multifaceted Maul in subsequent stories. Now let’s work on getting this character back on the big screen. 
 
Yoda
 
 
Yes, the prequels dealt with “earlier” years in Yoda’s life. But the Jedi Master still has centuries of untold missions that can be explored in stand-alone Star Wars movies. And the way CGI effects have improved since 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back, it’s scary the ways that Yoda can be utilized in upcoming movies. We’ll see if Disney and Lucasfilms agree. 
 

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