In the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, could we learn that Samuel L. Jackson’s Mace Windu somehow survived losing his arm, getting electrocuted, and plummeting to his death from an impossibly tall Coruscant structure? Ask director J.J. Abrams, and you’re likely to just get a non-committal shrug.
At Comic-Con 2013, Jackson was promoting Captain America: The Winter Soldier when he was asked if he knows anything about the next Star Wars film.
He admitted that he doesn’t know much more than we do, and that the closest he got was a random run-in with J.J. Abrams, Harrison Ford, and others at George Lucas’ recent wedding.
“J.J. was there, I was there,” Jackson recalled.
“I was like (raises eyebrows) and he was like (non-committal shrug), and he just went about his business. I don’t know what that means. Harrison (Ford) was there too, and he was like (shrug). I just think it would be cool to have some of us that people relate to as being part of the Star Wars franchise to give entry to the new characters that they’re going to bring to whatever the new thing is. It kind of makes it an easier entrance.”
Shortly after the announcement of Star Wars: Episode VII (and prior to J.J. Abrams signing on) Jackson was already floating ideas as to how Mace Windu could return at the Spike Video Game Awards.
“I’m not surprised but totally geeked by the idea of there being more Star Wars. It’s like, okay, Obi-Wan was dead when episode four started, so maybe everyone thinks I’m dead and we’ll find out what happened to Mace Windu. I can come back as one-armed or a one-handed Jedi that’s still around that didn’t actually die.”
It seems like Samuel L. Jackson would reprise the role in any capacity, as well.
“I could do that or be a ghost hologram. I don’t care. I just want to stay associated with the franchise. Not that I won’t because I’ve been in three of them.”
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