When Disney announced that it had purchased Lucasfilm and planned a new trilogy of Star Wars films starting with Episode VII, we always knew that this would only be the beginning. Such a massive and lucrative undertaking would surely go beyond the basic idea of a new trilogy. Once The Force Awakens was released to financial and critical acclaim, the movie managed to rekindle the Star Wars flame, showing people that they could trust in the franchise again. This gave Disney the green light, as well as the confidence, to march on ahead with all of their plans.
Anthology movies would soon follow, in the form of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, and quite a few others to come featuring various characters like Obi-Wan Kenobi. Then, yesterday brought more news of Disney’s plan. Not only was it announced that The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson would spearhead another trilogy in the Star Wars universe detached from the main Episodes, but also that a live action series would be produced to be released on Disney’s very own streaming service, tentatively dated for 2019.
While we’ve had eight Star Wars movies, various video games and quite a few cartoon series, this will be the universe’s first foray into live action television. Not only is this an unprecedented and already highly-anticipated project, it’s also filled with possibilities. With the Star Wars universe as big as it is, there are so many directions the series could potentially take. While there is always the chance that Disney will opt to start a brand new original story, there is actually a character already in their arsenal that would make for the perfect character for a television series… and her name is Doctor Aphra.
Doctor Aphra was created by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca, and first appeared in the 2015 Darth Vader comic book series published by Marvel Comics. While the book starred the titular Dark Lord, Aphra first appeared in issue #3 and essentially became to co-lead of the series, before being spun-off into her very own solo comic book series, Star Wars: Doctor Aphra. Among the very successful line-up of Star Wars comics by Marvel, Aphra garnered an incredibly strong following, to the point that, to some, she just might be as important a female character as the likes of Rogue One‘s Jyn Erso and The Force Awakens‘ Rey.
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