Samuel L. Jackson, who portrayed Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, is ready to make his comeback as the powerful Jedi in future projects. During a recent episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Jackson expressed how much he’d like to return to the role for The Mandalorian — even though his character would be one-handed this time around.
Windu is presumed dead at the end of Revenge of the Sith, after being blasted out of a window by Darth Sidious. But Jackson thinks that Windu is still alive out there with only one hand. “It’s the same way I think about the dude from Jurassic Park,” Jackson said. “He’s somewhere riding around on velociraptors with one hand. He’s just on that island riding raptors.”
Now, before you get too excited, there aren’t any confirmed upcoming appearances for Jackson in the Star Wars universe just yet. “The only person I’ve ever said that to about coming back was Bryce Dallas Howard because I just did a movie with her, and she directs episodes of The Mandalorian,” Jackson explained. “So I go, ‘So you think you might be able to hook a brother up? I mean, you like me, right?’ And she’s like ‘I love you, you’re amazing.’ So put me back in, I’m ready. Put me in, coach. I’ll learn lightsaber lefthanded.”
Last year, Jackson even brought up the topic of Mace Windu’s fate to Star Wars creator George Lucas. Said Jackson: “George is like, ‘I’m okay with that. You can be alive.’” But even though Jackson has secured Lucas’ blessing in making Windu’s survival canon, it doesn’t really do much as Lucas isn’t involved with those kinds of franchise decisions anymore.
At the very least, it certainly opens up some interesting conversations about Mace Windu’s potential return. If Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor can return as Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi for the upcoming Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi, then anything is possible.
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