We know that Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is going to be helming his own trilogy sometime after Episode IX. While it is, as of now, unknown what the focus of this trilogy is, when it will take place and which characters will be involved, it has been said that it will be completely separate from the Skywalker saga. This is exciting news for fans since it means that the Star Wars universe will live on after the sequel trilogy wraps up in 2019, but even more so, it might give fans the chance to see some of their favorite characters on screen once again.
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The Force Awakens included many classic characters to the delight of Star Wars fans, and The Last Jedi... well, The Last Jedi killed a lot of them off. In a vast universe filled with hundreds of fan favorites, it is impossible to do them all justice. Although Johnson’s trilogy may be separate from the main films and it is likely that the main characters will be brand new, that doesn’t mean that classic characters from past movies and shows won’t be seen. In fact, this is a perfect opportunity to check in on characters who were left out of the sequel trilogy and use them to tie the new trilogy into the larger universe. After eight films and two TV shows that captured fans’ hearts, there are just so many characters whose fates have been left untold, and Johnson now has the power to show fans what has become of characters they have fallen in love with over the years.
Apart from the Big Three (Luke, Leia and Han), the next major characters in line are Lando Calrissian and everyone’s favorite Wookiee, Chewbacca. Fans were reunited with Chewie in The Force Awakens, leaving just one member of the original Millennium Falcon squad left out of the sequel trilogy. Lando has become an iconic character in the Star Wars history, and his importance in Episodes V and VI made him an easy fan favorite. Sadly, Lando has yet to appear in the sequels even though the rest of the main characters from the original trilogy are all playing important roles. It would be a real shame if fans don’t get to see Lando at least one more time, and if he is really not going to appear at all in the sequels then this is the perfect chance for him to show up.
While he may not have played a huge role in the saga, General Dodonna is well-remembered for his time strategizing and directing the Battle of Yavin. Without Dodonna, the Rebels would not have destroyed the original Death Star, but his role in the Rebel Alliance afterwards is mostly unknown. He doesn’t need to have a large role in Johnson’s trilogy, but a brief cameo or small supporting role would be a nice nod to the fans who have wondered if he survived the original trilogy and went on to become part of the Resistance in the sequels. His contemporaries Mon Mothma and Admiral Ackbar have had their moments, but Dodonna has yet to find his way back to the big screen.