As a wise Jedi once said, “I like to think there are always possibilities.” Okay that belongs to the other Star faring franchise, but the principle holds for a galaxy far, far away. One thing Star Wars turned into a signature of the franchise is taking small, inconsequential background characters and making full fledged characters of them. The closing to The Last Jedi featured such a scene, and Broom Boy hopes to return some day.
Broom Boy Hopes to Return: A Seed Planted
The closing scene to Rian Johnson’s movie showed us a young slave boy being mesmerized by the story of the legendary Luke Skywalker and his courage facing down the First Order. The four armed monkey master chases the children away and back to their chores. ‘Broom Boy’, as he would later be called, in a very quick and subtle move used the force to call a broom to his hand. The scene ends with him glancing at his rebel ring from Rose before staring back out at the stars, dreaming of a different future.
Thus began a meaningful, yet loose string. The future of the Jedi lay through out the galaxy, waiting to find their masters and begin their training. With the reception of the sequel trilogy, the refusal of most of the stars to return, and Disney’s striking out in a whole new direction, Broom Boy’s return seems doubtful.
Broom Boy Hopes to Return: Broom Boy Speaks Out
In a recent interview with Jamie Stangroom, actor Temirlan Blaev talked about what he thought might happen with his character and the final film, Rise of Skywalker. Here is what he had to say:
I wasn’t sure, because it could have been, yes, he would have continued my story, how Rey would have trained me or helped me in some way. But at the same time, am I really that important? Am I someone big or am I really just a boy, a lucky boy in a galaxy far, far away? A lot of people were asking me [about returning], and I said, ‘We’ll have to wait and see if I get called back. But I guess I kind of understand why it happened.Temirlan Blaev
JJ Abrams crammed too much of the wrong stuff into Rise of Skywalker. Broom Boy returning would have been adorable, but it just would not fit the chaotic mess that was the last film. Temirlan had the following to say about a future chance to return as Broom Boy:
There could be a chance to actually continue the story of the character. I think it could happen. I would be up for it.Temirlan Blaev on Broom Boy’s Future
Could his character return at some point? Let us take a look at the possibilities.
Broom Boy Hopes to Return: Most Favorable Mediums
There are several ways Broom Boy could indeed return to the Star Wars universe. Many other characters have done so, and some decades after their movie roles wrapped. Let us look at the mediums that most favor his return.
This by far and away would be the fastest, easiest and simplest way to use Broom Boy. The format is cheap, it allows for plenty of room and lea way for story direction. The author can also use the main sequel characters in great detail without having to spend a fortune on actors that do not want to be there in the first place. Not only that, this seems like a prime book for an author such as Claudia Gray to sink her teeth into. RJ haters can overlook it while Star Wars fans can enjoy it.
This would be another fantastic place for BB to return. It gives the writers and directors tons of time/episodes to move the character from his days of slavery to his discovery of the Jedi. Someone could talk Daisy Ridley into coming back for 1-2 episodes of something this small. Hell, even John Boyega would work since he seems to be on the path of a Jedi now.
This might be cool, but the chances of his story being made into a feature length movie are beyond what even 3PO could calculate. I would have zero issue if RJ wanted to pick up BB’s story and run with it, but the time, effort and credits needed would be astronomical for such a small branded project.
Broom Boy Hopes to Return: Is There a Story to Be Told?
Is there even a story to be told here? Well, Let’s see… A young force sensitive boy starts life as a slave. He dreams of the stars beyond and the adventures to experience with the force as his ally. Nope. No story there is there? In fact that may be the hardest part for BB’s story – how do you NOT repeat everything thing Anakin went through?
Quite simple really. There is more room to maneuver with BB’s story than Anakin’s. First off, since Finn will receive Jedi training, either he, or Rose for that matter, could remember the young boy from Canto Bight and return for him. Rose could bring him back to the Resistance and his training begins.
Broom Boy Hopes to Return: Rogue Jedi
However, remember BB’s age. BB is about 12-13 years old if we stay close to Blaev’s age. This gives him a 3-4 year advantage on Anakin. What’s the big deal with these few years? Think of yourself at those ages. Anakin is still a momma’s boy, and while he seeks adventures, mom is the center of his universe. BB does not appear to have any family that we know of. He is also hitting those preteens where the independent streak kicks in. BB would be much more likely to tear off on his own first chance he sees to go track down the rebellion and the Jedi.
He knows of the force and the Jedi. He obviously knows he has powers as he willingly calls the broom to him. Perhaps the best chance for BB relies on him making a break for it. He could use the smuggling world/underworld to make good his escape. With the force as his ally, he could have many adventures before making it to the Jedi – if he does at all. A force using smuggler could have quite a successful career ahead of him.