The Star Wars saga is on the verge of adding another
instalment, with new feature-length bundles of geeknip due every year for the
foreseeable future. Every movie in the series has introduced a new clutch of
characters, from the celebrated to the maligned, but it is in the details that
the series truly shines – in the lesser-known characters without whom the
franchise would be but a fraction of what it is.
Star Wars just wouldn’t be the same without its gallery of aliens and weirdos crowding the Mos Eisley Cantina, and Jabba’s Palace is brought to life by the variety of unsavoury hangers-on among whom the gangster slug holds court.
We’ve already seen Pondo Baba and Doctor Evazan return for a pre-amputation cameo in Rogue One, and there are literally hundreds of other walk-on parts who could get their turn in the limelight.
When the galactic overlords brainstorm their next standalone movie ideas, let’s hope they explore some of these further. Among all these minor characters are fascinating men, women, and alien creatures whose stories would illuminate the darkest corners of the Star Wars galaxy.