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Mace Windu is one of those Star Wars characters that will forever be iconic.
While we said goodbye to him in Revenge of the Sith, Disney has teased a potential comeback.
Samuel L. Jackson portrayed the purple lightsaber-wielding Jedi and he had his birthday earlier this week. In honour of his 72nd birthday, the official Star Wars Instagram account gave him a shoutout.
"The party isn't over, it's just beginning! Sending a very happy birthday to Samuel L. Jackson," the page wrote.
For the uninitiated, the first part of that caption is a flip on a line Mace Windu delivered in Attack of the Clones when he confronted Count Dooku and Jango Fett and yelled: "This party is over!"
But considering the party apparently isn't over and that it's 'just beginning', some Star Wars fans have questioned whether this is Disney's sly way of saying 'stay tuned'.
The Mickey Mouse corporation could literally just be referring to a birthday party that will go long into the night, but it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility for a return of Mace Windu.
Disney recently announced a slew of new TV shows and movies all linked to the Star Wars universe, giving rise to loads of potential moments Samuel L. Jackson's character could make a cameo.
He could even appear in the standalone series about Obi-Wan Kenobi, starring Ewan McGregor. Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader was recently announced to be appearing in that TV programme.
We know that the series is set 10 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith and will dive into Obi-Wan's struggles during his exile on Tatooine. While we saw Mace have his arm chopped off and electrified out a window in Episode III, how do we know he didn't somehow survive?
The good news is that Samuel L. Jackson is dead to reprise his role if Disney ever taps him on the shoulder.
During an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last year, the award-winning actor was asked if he'd be up for returning to any of his famous characters.
While there was sadly no mention of Pulp Fiction's Jules Winnfield, he did reply: "I'd really love to give one more run at Mace Windu in Star Wars."
Around the same time as his sit down with Stephen Colbert, the star took to Twitter to reply to a fan's question about why Windu was killed off.
Jackson explained: "As with most Star Wars movies, it was George Lucas's idea to kill Mace Windu.
"He said he killed all these important characters in all these other movies leading up to that, and he said the only person left to kill that would mean anything in Episode III would be me [Windu].
"I was trying to figure out, like, really? Can't you just injure me or whatever? But in my mind, I'm not dead. Jedi can fall incredibly high distances and not die."
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