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Samuel L. Jackson Is Up For Returning As Star Wars’ Mace Windu

Samuel L. Jackson Is Up For Returning As Star Wars’ Mace Windu

As the Skywalker trilogy comes to a close with the upcoming release of The Rise of Skywalker, for other branches of the Star Wars franchise, 2020 spells new beginnings.

Included in future plans is an upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series, and while talks have turned to Ewan McGregor reprising his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Samuel L. Jackson has also expressed interest in giving his character Mace Windu another go.

During an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert earlier this year, the award-winning actor was asked if he'd be up for reprising any of his iconic roles.

And 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."

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The fandom would certainly love it if his Jedi master were to return, but there is one big question getting in the way of all this: isn't Mace Windu dead?

Although he died in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Jackson believes that the lightsaber-wielding champion isn't gone for good.

Samuel L Jackson as Mace Windu. Credit: Lucasfilm
Samuel L Jackson as Mace Windu. Credit: Lucasfilm

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.

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Jackson explained: "As with most Star Wars movies, it was George Lucas's idea to kill Mace Windu.

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"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].

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"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."

Problem solved. The only question now is, where would Windu fit into the current Star Wars timeline?

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Since he originally featured in the prequel trilogy as the master of McGregor's Obi-Wan, it would certainly make sense for him to return in the upcoming Disney+ series - but we're a long way off from learning whether he will.

All we know about the show so far is that a season is in development and that McGregor will be back as Obi-Wan, something he confirmed at Disney's D23 expo over the summer.

Samuel L Jackson. Credit: PA
Samuel L Jackson. Credit: PA

The permission to finally tell the world that he is attached to the project came as a relief for the Trainspotting actor, as McGregor was previously made to lie to the press whenever they asked him about the show.

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He recently told Entertainment Tonight: "Well, it's a really awkward situation to be in because the studios and the franchises, they want absolute secrecy and you have to respect that.

"But the trouble is that when you're the person being asked... you're having to lie about it really and I don't like that."

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Daisy Phillipson

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