Waiting Their Turn: Making the Leap From TV to the Big Screen

Now that Saw Gerrera from Star Wars: The Clone Wars has made the leap from the small screen to the big screen, who should be next? Even if you just narrow down the characters from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, the choices are infinite. So who should make the leap? With so many trilogy and stand-alone films coming out in the next few years, there are plenty of opportunities for these beloved characters to be included whether they’re in a trilogy film film, stand-alone or just as an easter egg. I know some of these characters met their end in one medium or another, but by adding them into the film canon their lives can be spared and they can live on to fight another day (there are no spoilers ahead as to who lives or dies). What do you think of these choices?


Grand Admiral Thrawn (Star Wars Rebels)

With the recent announcement of this strategic Chiss being a major threat to the crew of the Ghost in the upcoming 3rd season of Star Wars Rebels, Thrawn definitely makes the list. His cunning procedure of crushing his enemies is so different than what we’ve seen before that it makes him a great and dangerous enemy. Instead of sending out probes and troops to locate the opposition, he studies their philosophy and culture and finds out what makes them tick. Then he decides what is the best way to crush you! It’s a slower burn but much more psychological. This is one guy you do not want inside your head. Thrawn has such a developed background as a non-human who climbed the Imperial hierarchy ladder and was granted the position of Grand Admiral by Emperor Palpatine. Thrawn was an exception since the Emperor only allowed humans in his galactic Empire.


Captain Rex (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels)

I am holding out strong hope that this one-time clone trooper makes it out of the next season of Star Wars Rebels alive. Captain Rex has been a fan-favorite since The Clone Wars film and 6 seasons of the Cartoon Network/Netfilx series. As a beloved character, fans were deeply concerned that Rex was also made to obey Palpatine’s Order 66 purge of the Jedi. It would have crushed us to know that like Commander Cody, he turned on his friends and comrades. But in season 2 of Rebels we learned that Rex took the chip out of his head before that very order kicked in. Then he got off the grid, laid low and put on a few extra pounds. I’ll take the physically fit soldier or even the Santa Rex version, either way this character would be a great bridge between the prequel and original trilogy films. Plus a confrontation between he and Boba Fett would be priceless. This one just writes itself.


Zeb Orrelios (Star Wars Rebels)

We need more Ralph McQuarrie inspired characters in future films. How great would it be to see Zeb and Chewbacca in a spin-off together? With similar reasons to hate the Empire as his Wookiee “cousins,” these two would be a formidable team as they tore through imperial troops. With so much visual appeal and a fantastic voice performance provided by Steve Blum, there is so much story to tell with Zeb as captain of Lasan Honor Guard and the battle with the Empire that destroyed his people. But Zeb isn’t just about the fighting, we know how deep he can get as he and Agent Kallus talked out what actually happened that fateful day when Kallus was forced to give the order to wipe out the Lasat in the episode The Honorable Ones’. He showed more range than most actors in Hollywood today!


Mother Talzin (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

No one could make Palpatine uneasy the way this Dathomirian Nightsister Witch could. Hard to believe that the two used to get together and trade dark side teachings. They seemed like a good pair until the future Emperor broke promises of making her his right-hand then stealing her son by the name of Maul. Turning her son into a Sith lord and leaving her behind caused such a deep personal vendetta against Palpatine that a stand-alone would make an explosive film. Just imagine a climactic battle that pitted Palpatine, using his dark side Force powers against Talzin’s intense hatred and her Dathomir Shadow Magic. This would make the battle between Yoda and Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith look as tame as the battle on the Death Star between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan in A New Hope? Plus with Talzin, you get Nightsisters, Savage Opress, Asajj Ventress, Darth Maul and that eerie green mist!


Cad Bane (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

If this Duros bounty hunter can steal a Holocron right out of the Jedi Temple, he deserves his own western film. Based on characters from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly and from For A Few Dollars More, Cad is visually interesting with his wide brim-hat, gun-slinger duster jacket, blue skin and red eyes. To think he wasn’t originally going to be in the series since supervising director wanted to use the Clone Wars micro-series character, Durge. Then George Lucas stepped in and wanted to go western, and Cad Bane was born. He inarguably provided Star Wars: The Clone Wars with one of the series’ darkest moments when he tortured the Rodian Jedi Master, Bolla Ropal. When Bolla wouldn’t open the Holocron which contained the identities of Force-sensitive children he was tortured until he couldn’t take it anymore. Cad Bane has got the street cred with his fans, now we just need to hear the spurs jangling on the big screen as he approaches his next victim for the last time. Plus we need to see why Sabine painted a portrait of Cad on a wall inside of the Ghost in the episode ‘Fighter Flight.’


Hondo Ohnaka (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels)

When fans saw that Hondo Ohnaka was making the leap from Star Wars: The Clone Wars into season 2 of Star Wars Rebels they lost their minds. Now it’s time for Hondo to make another leap, this time onto the big screen. Star Wars needs more snarky, back-stabbing space pirates. For the right price Hondo will get you whatever you want and it won’t even matter if he was trading laser-fire the previous day. When this Weequay warrior was a child he was sold into slavery. With a few tweaks of his age, maybe he and a young Anakin could have crossed paths seeing how they were both servants to a Hutt and had become friends. Sure would make us look at The Clone Wars episodes where Ohnaka captures Anakin, Obi-Wan and Dooku in, ‘Dooku Captured,’ and ‘The Gungan General’ in a whole new way. Note to Disney/LFL: If this character cross-over happens, Jim Cummings must provide his voice.


RX-24 (Star Wars Rebels)

Wait! isn’t this Captain Rex from Star Tours? Sure is, but RX-24 appeared in the Star Wars Rebels episode, ‘Droids in Distress’ where he transported the crew of the Ghost (along with R2 and 3PO) to the planet Garel. He is friendly, personable, very chatty and for some reason, has a Pee-Wee Herman-esque laugh. Rex can also be a rule-breaker and risk-taker as seen in the original Star Tours when he joined an X-Wing squadron in an attack on the Death Star. There’s plenty to work with here. He doesn’t even need his own stand-alone film or necessarily a big part in the trilogy, a fun easter egg would be plenty. Trivia: Who knows where Rex can be spotted in the updated, Star Tours – The Adventures Continues at Disneyland? (*answer is at end)



Ahsoka Tano (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels)

If one character were to send shock waves through the fan community if she were to make the crossover into films, it would be this “part-time” Togruta  Jedi. After all she’s gone through in 6 seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and 2 seasons (so far) of Star Wars Rebels, she has paid her dues. But are we ready to see her as a live-action character? I think so! Just imagine if she were in a sequel to  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and we had a scene with Jyn Erso, Princess Leia AND Ahsoka Tano! However after the uncertainty of her future at the end of the season 2 finale of Star Wars Rebels, which side would she be on? What would happen if Asajj Ventress joined in? With these strong females (plus Rey), I would feel sorry for any boy on the playground who tried to tease a little girl who liked Star Wars.

What do you think of these characters? Are there any you want to see? Post comments below.

*Answer to RX-24 (Captain Rex) trivia. He can be found popping out of a crate in the Star Tours queue in the droid security room.

You can catch Richard Woloski and his wife Sarah on the Star Wars/Disney family-friendly podcast, Skywalking Through Neverland. Want to hear about the classic comic series? Then check out Classic Marvel Star Wars Comics with Richard, Sarah and artist Randy Martinez!