I know that Disney has said that the Skywalker saga is over, no more trilogies, and that future films will now take place in other times and all of that. But I have had this idea swirling in my head for what I would like to see from the next few Star Wars films, and it involves a trilogy that visits the Skywalker saga again, as well as brings closure to the Star Wars Rebels series. Or maybe with the Mandalorian killing it right now, this could be a Disney+ series?
I shared this idea several months ago on Twitter, so here is a summary of the idea. This would still fit in nicely with the new directions that Season 2 of The Mandalorian is taking, but we will see how long that lasts.
Here is what I would do: I would actually start off back on the island of Ahch-To, right after Luke agrees to train Rey. This would involve cameos from Mark Hamill and Daisey Ridley. Rey would ask Luke about how he started training other Jedi. The rest of the movie/trilogy would be a flashback to the time right after Return of the Jedi as a true sequel to the original trilogy.
Of course, this brings up the question of casting. In some cases, I think we already have some people ready to go. Hamill himself has already pointed out that Sebastian Stan looks a lot like a younger version of himself, so I would get him to play middle-age Luke. You already have Alden Ehrenreich for Han, Joonas Suotamo for Chewie, and so on. There are rumblings that Ehrenreich might be replaced, so that could change. But we do have him and I am fine with that. The trick is how to get Leia in this, because she needs to be there and not some CGI recreation or having her character “out pregnant with Ben” stuff. Just not sure how.
So anyways, the flashback should really start with the tie-in to Rebels. Sabine Wren and Ahsoka Tano discover some clue about what happened to Ezra Bridger after the Purrgils took off with him and Thrawn. The clue leads to the Unknown Regions, so they know they need help. They find Hera Syndulla and convince her to go looking for Ezra. Hera gets Jacen, Zeb Orrelios, Kallus, Chopper, Luke, Han, Chewie, R2-D2, C3P-O, etc to come along as well. They head off in a convoy with the Millennium Falcon, The Ghost, and a few other ships.
On the way to the Unkown regions, Luke talks with Ahsoka and learns a lot about the history of the Jedi and his father. You also see the seeds of his discontent with the Jedi sown. But you also see him learn a lot about how to be a Jedi, as well as how to train Jedi.
They convoy arrives at a planet that is off the charts and has no hyperspace capabilities. It is also a planet embroiled in a civil war. They find that Ezra and Thrawn were left here by the Purrgils. Thrawn quickly assumed power of one side, leaving Ezra no choice to join the other to try and stop him. By now, the two sides have been at war for decades. Upon the arrival of Luke and crew, Thrawn’s spies learn about the fall of the Emperor. Sensing that the new arrivals will shift the power enough so that Ezra’s side will win, as well as a better opportunity elsewhere, Thrawn steals an unnamed ship from the convoy and goes back to Coruscant.
With the future of the planet heading in a better direction, Ezra decides to join the New Republic convoy to chase after Thrawn. On the way there, Luke learns more about the Force from Ezra, leading him to question more. The rest of the Trilogy is about Thrawn trying to rise to power, with the New Republic forming to stop him. There are really enough great books about Thrawn from the original books to create a plot from here on out.
This war would be a different dynamic, because there is no all powerful bad government. One side would be former rebels trying to become an actual good government (but can it be done?) and the other is a side falling apart trying to maintain power (can the reappearance of Thrawn pull it back together?). This would lead to two unstable sides with about equal power trying to fight each other (as well as deal with other factions that form). One on the rise, the other on the descent. It would be a much more complex dynamic, making for more interesting story lines.
Of course, along the way you have to have force ghost cameos from Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Kanaan Jarrus, Yoda, Qui-Gon Jinn, Barriss Offee, Aayla Secura, etc. One-armed Mace Windu is found alive in the bowels of Coruscant. Boba Fett flies out of the Sarlacc Pit. Go wild on the fan service 🙂
Oh, and don’t forget that you would also have Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian coming in to help stop Thrawn as well. He would have to take back Cloud City at first, but once Thrawn is a threat Lando would be back to help the fight.
The big question is who to get to play the characters that have only been in cartoons. Or even who to play new characters. I guess Luke is not training Jedi officially at this point, but there is nothing to say that he couldn’t find some other self-trained Jedi like himself that need mentor-ship. Someone once floated the idea of Rosario Dawson for Ahsoka – and that turned out to come true. I thought that was a great idea all along. Make sure to have something for Katee Sackhoff as Bo Katan. Oh, and of course The Mandalorian himself should be in the first movie at least. Give Brie Larson a part of one of the Jedi Luke mentors. While this seems like an idea to rely on existing characters, I’d still like to see some new major parts created for other stars like Letitia Wright. Just don’t do some major mis-match, like the Rock for Thrawn or something like that.
I get the feeling that the powers that be already have plans for many of these characters in current or future Disney+ shows, and I am sure they will do some cool things with them. But if they are looking for ideas, we can discuss my fees at any time 🙂