Samuel L. Jackson was recently interviewed on Josh Horowitz’ Happy Sad Confused Podcast and said he had asked Mandalorian director Bryce Dallas Howard to get him back into Star Wars. Jackson famously played Jedi Master Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and the Clone Wars pilot film. Most presumed Mace dead after the events of Revenge of the Sith, in which Anakin chopped his hand off, and he went out a high window. That means little when characters like Boba Fett, Maul, and even Palpatine have been brought back from far more gruesome deaths. Check out a clip from the interview here:
— Josh Horowitz (@joshuahorowitz) March 15, 2022
I have mixed feelings about this. I love Samuel L. Jackson, and he’s played a lot of characters I like. I’m not a fan of Mace Windu; he comes off as a touch abrasive and curt in the prequels and much more so in The Clone Wars. I take this as a character flaw, and by no means does it reflect on Jackson as a performer; he’s doing his job right. Theoretically, I wouldn’t mind seeing more content with Mace either in animation or live-action. But I think said content should occur during or before the Clone Wars. Otherwise, it would be difficult to explain why Mace never intervened against the Empire, Imperial remnants, etc. I also think not every character needs to survive lethal scrapes, or the threat of death ceases to exist. I guess only the legendary trio of lead characters from the original trilogy can die in Star Wars now.
always loved this clip of Samuel L. Jackson cajoling George Lucas into giving him a purple lightsaber pic.twitter.com/TigY29ECGX
— the thicc husband & father (@lukeisamazing) March 15, 2022
As such, I don’t think The Mandalorian is the right place to feature this character. If Tales of the Jedi proves to be the animated project teased by Kevin Kiner, put Mace in there! That would absolutely make sense. If they do decide to revive Windu after his tussle with Anakin and Palpatine, they’re going to have a lot of explaining to do. Where was this guy for the last 30-odd years? Why was a galactic Empire oppressing everyone not worth his attention? Is he still a jerk who thinks he’s better than everyone? Why and how would Mando encounter him? I’m not entirely opposed to seeing this character again, but they would need to be very careful and think a lot about how they want to use him. And I don’t trust Disney or Kathleen Kennedy to do that.
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