Recently, Samuel L. Jackson was asked by Stephen Colbert on The Late Show if there were any roles he’d like to revisit from his storied IMDb credit list, to which he replied:
“I’d really love to get one more run at Mace Windu in Star Wars.”Samuel L. Jackson
…but there’s that pesky “we saw Mace Windu die” problem…
We first met Mace Windu on film in 1999’s The Phantom Menace as a high-ranking member of the Jedi Council. Jackson reprised his role through all three prequel films, and he has some pretty poignant moments in Star Wars canon. Mave Windu relieved Jango Fett of his head, arguably giving us the lethal bounty hunter, Boba Fett. He also ticked off Anakin just about every time he spoke to him, giving the Empire their mightiest Jedi hater and enforcer. Lastly, Windu failed at killing Palpatine (with interference from Anakin), which led to the Empire in the first place.
Of course, all fans know his fate. He almost single-handedly brought down the Emperor before losing both of his hands and plummeting to the bottom of a tower on Coruscant. But even that didn’t stop Jackson, who eloquently stated this:
“There’s a long history of one-handed guys that were Jedi, that had light sabers, that still make it… Jedi can fall from incredible heights and not die, like cats. What are you talking about?”Samuel L. Jackson
In the trailer for Episode IX, Luke tells us no one is ever really gone. Well, that could include Mace Windu, too. There was even a brief fan theory his reanimated corpse became Supreme Leader Snoke. Unlikely, but the dark side of the internet still keeps this one alive. We might see him again as a force ghost, however, Jackson is 70 years old, so if they want him to reappear, they shouldn’t dally.
The best place for his return is…
… a video game. It’s universally known that until the Lego adaptations and Battlefront II (with a nod to the Nintendo64 Rogue Squadron), Star Wars video games have been largely awful. There is an opportunity here if they want to take it. Another Battlefront II-style game, or a MMORPG done in the vein of World of Warcraft or NeverWinter, could bring back all of our favorite characters to a platform where the sky is the limit. However, with Disney now owning Marvel, comics are the more likely outlet for future stories about Windu or any of the Jedi.
THS writer J.J. Goodman has broached this subject before in a previous article about Windu’s possible return, reminding us of the hypocrisy of the Jedi that he was a big part of. How Mace criticizes the Sith for doing the same things the Jedi are doing. He also makes a good point by asking a simple question: Do we really want him to return? Well, do you?
Jackson likely has some serious pull in Hollywood, being one of the busiest and most-sought-after actors of his time. However, that does not necessarily equate to pull with Disney or LucasFilm. Do you think we’ll see Mace again in a feature film? Jackson had this to say about a big-screen return of Mace Windu:
“I am that guy. All they got to do is call.”Samuel L. Jackson