Top 10 Star Wars Legends We Want To See On The Big Screen
Today marks the day fans across the globe will all get the chance to see J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Ushering in a new chapter in the STAR WARS canon, we now have a whole new universe of characters and stories to tell. The former expanded universe of Legends tales also boasts countless characters worth bringing to the big screen and we have compiled a list of the ten we want to see join the main canon. Let us know if we missed anyone by commenting in the talk backs below.
The featured villain in Shadows of the Empire, Xizor presented both a challenge to Luke Skywalker while also being an adversary for Darth Vader. A reptilian alien with the ability to secrete pheremones, Xizor was a deadly gangster and leader of the Black Sun crime syndicate. While his physical appearance was a lot like Goro from Mortal Kombat, he would make a very cool visual presence on the big screen.
The primary villain in the Knights of the Old Republic, Malak was Darth Revan's apprentice but turned against his Master to become the Dark Lord of the Sith. Malak represents a much more physical foe than we are used to seeing from the Sith but also represents an era in Star Wars history we have yet to see on the big screen.
Jorus and his evil clone Joruus are some of the most divisive characters in the Legends stories. While the Thrawn novels are amongst the most beloved Star Wars novels of all time, Jorus is both loved and hated by fans. While originally intended to be an evil clone of Obi-wan Kenobi, the character instead became his own Master Jedi and pawn in Grand Admiral Thrawn's plans. Maybe a future feature film could create an evil Obi-wan or we could see the beloved Thrawn stories hit the big screen.
The hero of Shadows of the Empire, Rendar is one of the few non-Jedi heroes to make a lasting impact in the extended Star Wars universe. A smuggler and mercenary, Rendar goes toe to toe with Prince Xizor while also having direct interaction with both Lando Calrissian and Princess Leia. The character shares a lot of similarities with Han Solo but could easily be worked into any number of big screen adventures.
The alien race Yuuzhan Vong are to the STAR WARS universe what the Borg are to STAR TREK. Originating outside of the galaxy, the Yuuzhan Vong are a warrior race responsible for murdering billions. In the post-Empire universe, Nom Anor represents the figurehead known as the Executor for the Yuuzhan Vong and one of the most bizarre and evil bad guys in any Star Wars tale. Once the First Order story concludes on the big screen, I would love to see this skull-faced villain as the next opponent for the Jedi and the Resistance.
The "hero" of the Knights of the Old Republic games, Revan is a Jedi padawan turned Sith Lord who battles both sides of the Force in what leads up to the creation of the Republic. While Revan's face mask shares a lot in common with Kylo Ren, his story is still unique enough that he would make for a great big screen tale. I wonder if Lucasfilm will ever explore the ancient days of the Old Republic, but if they do I hope they use Revan as the centerpiece.
The protagonist of the Jedi Knight video game series, Kyle Katarn is a former Imperial Stormtrooper turned Jedi Knight. Trained under Luke Skywalker and teacher to Mara Jade, Katarn is more of a template character that allows video game players to experience the world of Star Wars. His physical similarities have been used in the animated character Kanan Jarrus while his origin story seems similar to that of Finn in THE FORCE AWAKENS. While that may prohibit him from being featured in a film, never say never.
With THE FORCE AWAKENS erasing the next generation of Skywalkers and Solos, we may never see the epic lives of Jacen and Jaida as they become purveyors of the Force. The New Jedi Order stories may not appear on the big screen, but hopefully some of the plot twist and turns involving these characters will be built into the stories of Finn, Rey, and Kylo Ren.
Grand Admiral Thrawn is the bad guy to end all bad guys. After Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine, Thrawn represents the most significant non-Force powered character to do battle with the Skywalkers or Rebel Alliance. He is a military genius and a cold-blooded dictator who steps into the shoes of the Emperor to lead the fight against Luke Skywalker and the burgeoning New Republic. If there is any villain that needs to be translated to the film saga, it is Thrawn.
Until Rey, STAR WARS has been lacking in strong female characters. In fact, there has never been a STAR WARS film to show a main female character using a lightsaber. Mara Jade's turn from Empire to Jedi warrior and wife of Luke Skywalker has been one of the most significant and best elements of the extended universe. Even if every other Legends plot or character is never brought into the official canon, Mara Jade has to be the exception. She is strong-willed, powerful, beautiful, and kicks all sort of ass; everything that makes STAR WARS great.