A certain character from theStar Wars Legends universe has been on the wishlist for fans since Disney started producing new Star Wars films. But it looks like her creator might try to block anything he doesn’t approve of. Timothy Zahn, the author of the novelized Stars Wars sequels from the 1990s and creator of Mara Jade, has said he would fight any appearance of her that was just a cameo.
When Disney purchased the rights to Star Wars in 2012, they decided to go with a clean slate. In their new version of the universe, the only things that for sure happened were the events of the original six movies. All the tie-in comics, books, video games, and other tie-ins to Star Wars were now considered non-canon. This made things easier for new fans, but also took away a lot of cool concepts developed over the years.
Some pieces have been slipping back into the overall Star Wars franchise. Admiral Thrawn for instance was first shown in Heir of the Empire, the same book that brought us Mara Jade. And he was just in a major role as the villain in the latter half of Star Wars: Rebels.
Mara Jade was a smuggler who had worked personally for Emperor Palpatine. In the universe of Legends, she is eventually sent out to kill Luke Skywalker. She actually ends up learning the ways of the Force from him, and the two fall in love. They even have a son, named Ben.
Her creator, Timothy Zahn, was speaking about her with the podcast Talking Bay 94 recently. He was asked about the possibility of Mara Jade appearing in the new Star Wars films. According to Screen Rant, Zahn said “If there was a generic, or organic, spot for her to fit into a story ... I promise people, I will pitch it to the Lucasfilm story group, and then, it's their decision whether to allow it or not."
Zahn continued, saying he would try veto any attempt to just give Mara a brief cameo instead of a starring role. Mara would have to be radically different than her book counterpart now too, with the fate of Luke so different between the Legends continuity and the main line canon.
Star Wars: Episode IX is set to be released December 20th, 2019.