Winston Duke has made a name for himself working in mega-blockbusters like Black Panther and Us, but via a new tweet from the actor, he very much wants to join the Galaxy Far Far Away as well.
Winston Duke wants to be in Star Wars
Obviously, he’s referring to The Book of Boba Fett, the newest television entry in the Star Wars canon that’s receiving relatively strong reviews at the moment. Star Wars has never been shy about adding big names or newcomers to its lineup, and as Duke is already known as a show-stealer thanks to his role as M’Baku in Black Panther, the possibilities of what he can bring to the universe are endless. Would he play valiant hero fighting against the Empire? A ruthless general for the enemy side? A con man in the seedy criminal underworld we glimpsed in Solo: A Star Wars Story? It’s all up to Disney and Lucasfilm to cast him so we can find out.
When the next Star Wars film will be is a tricky question right now. Following the Sequel Trilogy’s polarizing response from both fans and critics alike, online discourse on the film side has been quite turbulent over the past few years. Things are faring much better on the television side though, with the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Mandalorian, and Star Wars Visions all being welcomed with open arms the world over.
We also have television shows for fan-favorite characters Ahsoka Tano and Obi-Wan Kenobi on the horizon, with Rosario Dawson and Mary Elizabeth Winstead leading the former and Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen leading the latter. A TV show centering on Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ra from Solo: A Star Wars Story was also recently announced. A Patty Jenkins-directed film entitled Rogue Squadron was set to start shooting soon but was pulled off the release schedule due to outside conflicts.
Given that the films have proven more divisive over recent years (with Solo: A Star Wars Story even underperforming at the global box office on release), the brand’s move away from films to television makes sense. Unintentionally, the COVID-19 pandemic and its many variants have also led to an increase in audiences choosing home viewing over theaters anyway (unless the film in question is Spider-Man: No Way Home), so the Star Wars brand has a much safer bet of success with the DisneyPlus series at this juncture. Hopefully, one of those series or eventual films will feature Winston Duke. He’s certainly ready to embrace The Force.
Star Wars was released in 1977 to become a global phenomenon that changed the cinematic landscape forever. Its two sequels The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi were released 3 years apart and also received rave reviews. The franchise continued years later with prequels The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith, all of which centered on Anakin Skywalker’s turn to the Dark Side.
Years after that, Disney bought the rights to the franchise and continued it with The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker, with spin-off films Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Solo: A Star Wars Story coming in-between. We at The Illuminerdi will keep you updated on whether or not Winston Duke is cast in the franchise, as well as any other casting announcements that come in the future. May the force be with you all.
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