The Star Wars franchise is about to add some familiar faces, as more Legends characters are confirmed to appear.
As we head toward Episode IX, Rian Johnson's spinoff trilogy, the animated successor to Star Wars Rebels, and assorted related media, the galaxy far, far away will introduce plenty of new additions, unrelated to the Skywalker family. However, while The Last Jedi debuted newcomers like Rose and Admiral Holdo, the continuing saga is also poised to call upon preexisting characters from Star Wars lore.
Asked on Twitter whether any additional Star Wars Legends characters would make it into the franchise, Lucasfilm Story Group member Leland Chee answered with a resounding yes.
You wouldn’t believe some of the Legends characters that will be cropping up in various media in the coming months. Hey, if Tag & Bink can show up, ANYthing is possible.— Land Leech (@HolocronKeeper) January 20, 2018
Star Wars Legends is the name given to the (now-defunct) Expanded Universe. There are decades' worth of stories and characters introduced in Lucasfilm-approved novels, comic books and games, beginning in 1979 with the release of Splinter of the Mind's Eye. However, following Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm, it was declared that, outside of the franchise films and certain other works like Star Wars: The Clone Wars, any licensed material created before April 25, 2014, was no longer considered canon, and would instead be placed under the Legends umbrella.
Since then, some characters have been reintroduced into current continuity, as with the fan-favorite Grand Admiral Thrawn, who debuted in the 1991 novel Heir to the Empire only to become a major player on Disney XD's Star Wars Rebels. Thrawn isn't the only example, however, as director Ron Howard announced the comedic Tag and Link from Dark Horse's comic run play a role in Solo: A Star Wars Story. While
Chee didn't elaborate on which characters might be introduced or when, but it's a shrewd move to appease die-hard Star Wars fans. It may have given Disney a fresh start to work with, but the culling of the Expanded Universe was widely criticized in 2014.
Reading the comments following Chee's tweet, it appears as if characters like Darth Revan and Prince Xizor are favored by fans. But considering the continued popularity of Knights of the Old Republic, that was probably a given. As we move toward Johnson's Skywalker-less trilogy, it would make sense to tie back to something already grounded in Star Wars lore, with characters that already exist. There are obvious choices for who we'd like to see, but here's hoping Luke Skywalker's evil clone and the lime-green rabbit Jaxxon won't find a place in Disney's movies.