Star Wars has its fair share of star power like Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and even Kiera Knightly. With newcomers Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver destined to emerge as huge stars after Episode VII, some actors deserve their chance to shine bright in a galaxy far, far away! Most of the actors on this list are already A-list stars, nonetheless, they will be an ideal fit in the Star Wars universe.
5) Chris Pratt-(Smuggler)
Known for playing the lovable chubby guy Andy on Parks and Recreation, Chris Pratt is now turning heads as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, and the movie is still a month from release. Just from trailers, fans are not only given a very unique Marvel movie from those released before, but also a very different type of hero or anti-hero. Chris Pratt brings out the “Solo” in Star-Lord-o, as a thief, not only wanted by the Kree, but also the Nova Corps, only to be the only hope for saving the galaxy, along with his own band of outcasts, including a princess-like assassin, a brute, a small marsupial and a tree.
Chris Pratt will also be flexing his velociraptor training skills in Jurassic World. Pratt is already starring in two upcoming “geekfest” movies, why not make a Star Wars film his lucky number three? If Disney decided to reintroduce the Shadows of the Empire storyline with a spin-off film, Chris Pratt would be perfect for the role of Dash Rendar, an old acquaintance of Han Solo, Lando Calrissian and Chewbaca. Combining his roles from Guardians of the Galaxy and Wanted, Chris Pratt’s Dash Rendar would be the perfect cutthroat smuggler to help Lando, Leia, Luke, and Chewbaca save Han from Boba Fett, IG-88 and even the Black Sun’s Prince Xizor!
4) Jeff Goldblum-(Protocol Droid)
“F*** Jeff Goldblum, man” has become one of my favorite quotes, even though I have much love and respect for the actor, because of a small little stoner comedy called Pineapple Express. Why they decided to attack the actor in such a funny way is beyond me. Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcom, however, may justify it, at least in Matthew’s first Jurassic Park. He was somewhat of a condescending scientist rockstar who was right about everything, and no one likes a know-it-all. Well someone did, and so Ian Malcom returned for Michael Crichton’s sequel novel The Lost World and Jeff Goldblum returned for the movie adaptation. Surprise, surprise, he was right again! Why don’t these people just listen to Jeff Goldblum?
You know who else isn’t listened to and disrespected only because they explain the odds to their suicidal, illogical sentient friends? C3PO! Every time he tried to explain what could go wrong to Han Solo or Leia, they shut him off. Everyone knows that the droidnamic duo C3PO and R2-D2 are returning for Episode VII. However, they could also be seen as getting a proper send off with the rest of the older cast before switching attention to a younger set of heroes. What better way to replace C3PO then with a new protocol droid with a suave speaking vocabulator who explains all the dangers to the reckless new cast only to be ignored. Jeff Goldblum would be perfect! His name could be AU-FJG…
3) Gary Oldman-(Jedi)
Gary Oldman turned weird in The Fifth Element as Zorg, the CEO who was working with a great, evil planetoid hell bent on wiping out all life on Earth. Then, he played Commissioner Gordon, who was a bit too nervous for me in Batman Begins, but completely turned things around in The Dark Knight. There, he was a badass who faked his death in order to apprehend the insane clown prince of crime, The Joker. In old Star Wars mythos, fan favorite Jed, Quinlin Vos had fallen to the dark side a few times, only to return back to the light side of the force.
An appearance in The Clone Wars cemented Quinlin Vos as the reckless Jedi all fans thought he was since his appearance in Episode I. Also in The Clone Wars, Obi Wan is forced to fake his death in order to convince Anakin and the enemy that he had died so that he could infiltrate a separatist plot to kidnap the soon-to-be-Emperor. The point I’m trying to make is Gary Oldman knows how to play the good guy being the bad guy in order to do all he can to save lives, including faking his death and hurting those he really cares about in the process. He’d be perfect as a reimagined Joruss C’Boath!
2) Christoph Waltz (Grand Moff)
Hans Landa has got to be one of the scariest realistic character introduced in a fictional movie ever. He is able to be pleasant and calm while giving off tension and fear in the same scene. Dr. King Schultz, the polar opposite of Colonel Landa, is sweet and intriguing, and is always explaining the many outcomes to one situation. Fuse the two characters into a single tragic villain who is fighting for his Empire. Maybe his empire has been overthrown, but he believes as long as there are still patriots willing to stand up for what’s right (from their point of view) then maybe they have a chance of winning. Waltz could place a reintroduced Admiral Thrawn.
1) Michael Rooker-(Bounty Hunter)
Although he played a racist redneck who couldn’t get along with anybody (including his own brother), he still managed to show compassion and humility as he sacrificed himself to give “The Prison” a fighting chance against the ruthless Governor, in his short run on The Walking Dead. Michael Rooker was able to be the bad guy the Governor needed him to be while also becoming the hero and martyr Rick, Daryl and the rest at the Prison needed to stay and fight for their homes instead of submitting to the Governor’s demands. Apply these traits to the Star Wars universe and you get a bounty hunter.
Bounty hunters are paid to be ruthless and brutal in order to get the job done, and the more ruthless and brutal they are, the better a reputation they develop. However, sometimes a bounty hunter finds something he is willing to betray his employer for, and they become the hero they never thought they could be. Although Temuera Morrison would be the perfect actor to portray Boba Fett in a spin-off closer to A New Hope, Lawrence Kasdan has publicly expressed his dislike for the prequel era Boba Fett. Wanting a more mysterious and scary figure, Kasdan has said his script for a Fett movie would have the prequel era Fett killed by an unknown stranger who takes up the mantle of Boba Fett. While it sounds cool so far, it wouldn’t make sense, especially since Morrison’s voice had been dubbed in for all Boba’s lines in the Original Trilogies new cuts.
What can happen is Temuera Morrison’s Boba Fett is severely injured by an unknown assailant and left for dead. Without his armor and weapons, Boba Fett must find the one responsible for his “death.” His investigation leads him deep into the level 1313 of Coruscunt where the original finds his imposter, who is revealed to be Montross, an old rival of his father who is responsible for killing Jango Fett’s mentor. Taking ideas from the Playstation 2 game Star Wars Bounty Hunter, a Boba Fett spin-off can reintroduce elements of Jango Fett’s old backstory and bring back one of the more brutal bounty hunters the galaxy has ever seen: Montross, played by Michael Rooker. Boba Fett will have to prove he is every bit as notorious as his father’s legend by defeating Montross, who has returned to destroy Jango Fett’s bloodline and ruin the Fett name by becoming Fett.