11 Characters That Should Jump from TV to the Movies


    In recent years, the Star Wars franchise has established itself in the world of television more than ever. While animated shows like Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rebels have found audiences in the past, the expansion of Star Wars with live-action Disney+ series has proven to be a great move for the series. Shows like The Mandalorian, Andor and Obi-Wan Kenobi have all experienced varying degrees of success. Meanwhile, the cinematic side of the series has been uncharacteristically dormant. It’s been nearly four years since the last Star Wars movie, Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker, hit theaters. Since then, there have been several films put into development only to be canceled later on. This was the fate of Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron film and the untitled movie being developed by Marvel head Kevin Feige.

    Throughout the various small screen adventures in the galaxy far, far away, there have been countless new characters introduced into the Star Wars canon. Some fan-favorite characters have even managed to transition from the medium of animation into live-action. While characters like Obi-Wan Kenobi and Cassian Andor have jumped from the big screen into their own small-screen adventures, that has only proven to be a one-way road at this point. There have been very few Star Wars characters that have been introduced through television that have then made the jump to the big screen. Whether they were introduced in The Clone Wars or The Mandalorian, many of the best Star Wars characters have only existed on television. With that in mind, here are 11 Star Wars characters that we would love to see pop up in a movie down the line.

    11 Ahsoka Tano

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    Ahsoka is an obvious choice. She is one of the most famous characters to come from the animated Star Wars shows created by Dave Filoni. While she may have started as Anakin Skywalker’s apprentice in The Clone Wars, Ahsoka has grown so much further beyond that now. She played a crucial role as a Jedi survivor in Rebels, and she premiered in live-action in The Mandalorian before showing up again in a surprise appearance in The Book of Boba Fett. While the voice of Ashley Eckstein, who played the character in her various animated appearances, can be heard in the chorus of Jedi near the end of The Rise of Skywalker, Ahsoka has yet to actually appear in a feature film (the animated Clone Wars movie not included). Ahsoka will be receiving her own live-action Disney+ series later this year, which promises to bring several other characters from Star Wars animation into live-action. If that series is a hit, perhaps an appearance in a live-action Star Wars movie could happen sooner than later.

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    10 Bo-Katan

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    General audiences have recently become familiar with the character of Bo-Katan Kryze through her portrayal by Katee Sackhoff in the third season of The Mandalorian. However, casual fans may not know that Bo-Katan’s story extends much further than what has been shown in the mega-hit Disney+ series. Bo-Katan was first introduced in The Clone Wars, where her complex and tense familial relationships and feelings toward the Mandalorian society were on full display. She was involved with several of the largest storylines in The Clone Wars, before she also popped up in Rebels to play a large role there as well. Given her relationship with the Mandalorian Sabine Wren in Rebels, and Wren’s confirmed live-action appearance in the upcoming Ahsoka series, there’s a decent chance that Bo-Katan also plays some role in that series as well. Bo-Katan is one of the most dynamic characters in the Star Wars canon. She has a complicated history of allegiances, and because of that, it’s hard to know whether to trust her or fear her. Given the strength of the character, and Sackhoff’s consistently great performance in the role, it would be great to see her make the jump to the big screen at some point.

    9 Cad Bane

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    Through his numerous appearances throughout Star Wars television, chiefly in The Clone Wars, the bounty hunter Cad Bane has been thoroughly established as one of the most intimidating and fearsome figures in the galaxy. While he has already appeared in live-action in the final episodes of The Book of Boba Fett, any Clone Wars fan knows that there’s a lot more that can be done with Bane than what was presented in that show. Whether it be through a bounty hunter-centric film, or just in a run-in with a lead character in any other film, including Bane in a live-action film would be a home run in terms of fan interest. It’s a shame that the character hasn’t made the jump already, as he would be a great antagonist for almost any Star Wars hero out there, whether they be a Jedi or not.

    8 Hera Syndulla

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    Hera Syndulla is one of the lead characters from Star Wars Rebels, where she developed a reputation as one of the smartest and most cunning pilots in the Rebellion against the Empire. Syndulla was the heart of Rebels, and as such, she has developed a passionate fan base. It’s likely, though not confirmed, that she will also appear in live-action for the first time in the Ahsoka series, where she could be played by none other than Mary Elizabeth Winstead. There was a hidden reference to Captain Syndulla in live-action as far back as Rogue One in 2016, where her name can be heard announced over an intercom at the Rebel base. While the Rogue Squadron film is likely not happening anymore, a Star Wars film in that kind of Top Gun fighter-pilot style would be incomplete without some sort of appearance by Syndulla.

    7 Moff Gideon

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    The villainous Moff Gideon, played by Giancarlo Esposito, made waves when he debuted in the first season of The Mandalorian. While the character is loosely billed as the central antagonist for that series, he only appears on occasion and is largely unaccounted for otherwise. The last we know of Gideon is that he was defeated by Din Djarin in the season two finale of The Mandalorian, and has since been taken into custody by the New Republic. Very little is known about Gideon prior to the events of The Mandalorian, and he could easily appear as an Imperial officer in another Star Wars story set closer to or prior to the events of the original trilogy. While Gideon’s ultimate fate will likely be decided and depicted in The Mandalorian, that doesn’t rule him out from making any appearances elsewhere. When you’ve got an actor of Esposito’s caliber, you get the most out of them that you can. He’s already an immense presence on the small screen, just imagine what effect he could have in a theatrical outing.

    6 Ezra Bridger

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    Although Star Wars Rebels was definitely an ensemble story, if there was any character that could be considered the lead of that show, it would be Ezra Bridger. In Rebels, he was a young character on his journey to becoming a Jedi with the training of Kanun Jarrus. Throughout the series, he is shown struggling to accept the Jedi ways at a time when nearly all the Jedi have been exterminated by the Empire. However, he gradually grew into the hero he was meant to be. Nothing is known about his adult life as a Jedi following the conclusion of Rebels, though many questions will likely be answered in the Ahsoka series, where he’s also confirmed to appear in live-action for the first time. It would be great to see an adult Bridger show up in a Star Wars film down the line, whether he was to be training any other future Jedi or just serving as a guardian for the universe.

    5 Asajj Ventress

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    While, like Ahsoka, Asajj Ventress did appear in the theatrical Clone Wars animated film, we’re not counting that movie here since it was essentially just a lengthy debut episode of the animated series, and it wasn’t even intended for cinemas throughout much of its production. Ventress played a key antagonistic role throughout much of the Clone Wars series, where she was the apprentice to the Sith Count Dooku. While her story largely ends with that series, and it solidly concluded in a book that followed it, we would still love to see Ventress pop up in a Star Wars film at some point. The character has yet to debut in live-action, which is a crime considering she’s one of the coolest villains the franchise has ever produced. While it would be a bit trickier to incorporate Ventress into a film, as her story is pretty closely tied to the time period of the Clone Wars, which has already been thoroughly explored through film and television, the payoff would certainly be worth it.

    4 Fennec Shand

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    Fennec Shand is another character introduced in The Mandalorian that has quickly become a favorite among Star Wars fans. Played by the legendary Ming-Na Wen, the character is a feared bounty hunter and assassin who has appeared in both seasons of The Mandalorian and was essentially the co-lead of The Book of Boba Fett. It’s already been proven that the character can work in stories outside the Mandalorian corner of the Star Wars universe, as she also popped up in the animated series The Bad Batch to great effect. Like Bane, Shand can serve as a great villain for any number of characters, with the difference being that she’s not as plainly evil as Bane is. Shand is now occupying a similar role in the Star Wars universe that Boba Fett used to, and we would love to see Wen show up as the character on the big screen sometime soon.

    3 Captain Rex

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    While the clones weren’t given very much development, if any at all, in any of their live-action appearances, the animated side of Star Wars has established several clone characters as some of the most compelling in the galaxy. One of those characters is Captain Rex, who played a central role in the Clone Wars series and also appeared in Rebels on a number of occasions. It’s honestly surprising that Rex hasn’t shown up in live-action yet. Some fans believe that will change with the Ahsoka series, but that is all just rumor and speculation at this point. As one of the few clones who escaped the onslaught of Order 66, Rex has become one of the most unique characters in the Star Wars canon. He’s a walking reminder of the tragic history of the Clone Wars. He’s proven to be a great hero on countless occasions. We would love to see Temuera Morrison get the chance to play this character in live-action, especially in a great theatrical release.

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    2 Din Djarin

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    Djarin is the titular character in The Mandalorian, played by Pedro Pascal, and he has become one of the most beloved Star Wars characters to be introduced in this modern era of the franchise. Throughout The Mandalorian and his appearance in The Book of Boba Fett, Djarin has become the kind of classic Star Wars character that people just can’t get enough of. People love this character, and any chance to see him on screen is welcome. While it’s unlikely that we’ll ever get a Mandalorian movie with Djarin as the lead, it’s easy to imagine him popping up in someone else’s story. He’s already done so once with The Book of Boba Fett, and including him and Grogu in any live-action Star Wars movie would instantly get people talking about it. There’s very little word on how many seasons The Mandalorian will run for, but whenever the show has concluded, we would love to see Djarin show his face (or helmet) again on the big screen.

    1 Grand Admiral Thrawn

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    Grand Admiral Thrawn is a legendary Star Wars villain who has yet to really get his chance to shine in the eyes of general audiences. The character was first introduced in a trilogy of books, starting with Heir to the Empire, which were published in the 1990s. Although all of those stories were removed from the Star Wars canon after Disney purchased Lucasfilm, the character was so popular that he was reintroduced in Star Wars Rebels, where he was one of the main villains. It was established during Ahsoka’s appearance in season two of The Mandalorian that she is searching for Thrawn, so we expect he will play a key part in the Ahsoka series moving forward. However, Thrawn is such a big character that he could easily be the villain of a Star Wars film as well. Perhaps the stories of Ahsoka and The Mandalorian could build to a big crossover film, with Thrawn as the villain. Whatever the future holds for Thrawn, there’s no arguing that the character is intimidating and powerful enough to be the central antagonist behind a big-budget movie, or perhaps even a trilogy loosely adapting the books he originated in.

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