Mara Jade was undoubtedly one of the most popular characters in the expanded universe before Disney came into the frame and things changed. Fans still love the character and rumors have persisted over the years about the characters official return to the Star Wars galaxy. This new rumour comes from the folks at WeGotThisCovered.com….
Sources close to We Got This Covered have told us that now that characters like Luke, Leia, Han, etc., are all gone from the franchise or are on their way out, and the Sequel Trilogy is about to wrap up, the studio’s looking to the Expanded Universe for ideas on where to go next, and one person that they’re eager to adapt to live-action is none other than Mara Jade.
Most well known as Luke Skywalker’s Force-using wife in the alternate continuity, Jade was once brainwashed by Emperor Palpatine and became his right-hand woman. Of course, Luke managed to free her and the two eventually got married and had kids, in addition to training the next generation of Jedi.
And while it’s pretty obvious that Lucasfilm won’t be able to stick to the source material that closely given that The Rise of Skywalker will likely be the last we see of Luke, we’re hearing that they’re prepared to make some changes to the character as they’re eager to have Mara in a future Star Wars movie. Or, failing that, a Disney Plus TV show. And the best part? They’re eyeing Emily Blunt, or Emily Blunt-type actresses for the role.
Of course, at this early, early stage, there’s no guarantee we’ll see this happen, and even if it does, they may decide to go in another direction and choose someone for the part who’s a far cry from the aforementioned Blunt. But at the moment, we can tell you that Lucasfilm is definitely very interested in having Mara Jade up on the big screen and for Star Wars fans, that can only be a good thing.
Take this rumour with a pinch of salt, but with the sequel trilogy coming to an end Disney/Lucasfilm would be wise to re-introduce some of the much loved characters from the expanded universe albeit with new stories that fit into the current continuity. Time will tell!