The Star Wars renaissance came with the massive, nearly world-shattering announcement that Disney had bought Lucasfilm. It didn’t take long for the classic sci-fi/fantasy series to then find new life, with many new projects in development. Everyone was looking to The Force Awakens, the next chapter in the Skywalker saga, to be one of the biggest movies of the decade — one that could spark faith and trust in the Star Wars brand once more. But new “Episode” movies weren’t the only projects Disney had in mind. The studio also planned for spinoff movies that would take place outside of those big chapters; smaller anthology stories to highlight specific characters or events. The first of those movies, Rogue One, was a massive success, and the cameras are currently rolling on a still-untitled young Han Solo picture with Ron Howard now in the director’s chair.
It was reported earlier this week that Lucasfilm and Disney were actively developing an Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff movie for their still very young anthology brand of movies. Little is known about the project, other than the fact that Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry is currently the frontrunner to helm the already highly-anticipated project. But that’s not all the information that came out of this report. The report also mentions that the studios are also considering movies starring many more characters. But the two that are mentioned by name are the ever-popular bounty hunting Boba Fett, and the universally-beloved, greatly-wise Jedi master Yoda.
While a movie starring Obi-Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett are both prospects that any Star Wars fan can get excited about, a spinoff movie starring a young Yoda — emphasis on young — would actually be the biggest and most important anthology project that Lucasfilm and Disney could embark upon. Why?
Without even mentioning how everyone likes Yoda as a character, there is a very real mystique around the character, in a similar fashion to the one Darth Vader used to hold. Yoda has seen so much, been through so much and lived through so much, but we don’t know about much of it. At the time of his death in Return of the Jedi, Yoda was well over 800 years old, which would mean that even a 100-year-old Yoda could be considered young for his race, but also already versed in the ways of the Force — although maybe (and hopefully) not as strong as we know him to be… yet. He’d be spry and active in a way we have never seen him before, inexperienced and experienced all at the same time. Learning, evolving and coming into his power.
But the absolute best part of a young Yoda movie would be that it could be set in this galaxy far, far away, from a long, long, long time ago. If this film’s story were to be set 700 years in the past, we would already be looking a the massive Star Wars world in a much different way. While the Rogue One, Han Solo and now Obi-Wan movies all explore a time fans are very familiar with, a young Yoda story would be the first film to give us a glimpse into another era entirely — an era shrouded in secrecy.
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