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Star Wars reportedly adds Mace Windu spinoff series to Disney Plus plans

Published: 14/Sep/2020 6:37 Updated: 14/Sep/2020 7:20

by Isaac McIntyre

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Lucasfilm is fast-tracking plans for a young Mace Windu spinoff series, according to Star Wars insiders, with original star Samuel L Jackson set to make his franchise return as part of the planned Disney Plus prequel series.

Star Wars has had major success in the world of streaming in recent times and, according to behind the scenes reports, are now doubling down on Disney Plus.

The latest news on that front comes from trusted Star Wars insider Daniel Richtman. He has reported Jedi master Mace Windu will be taking center stage in his own limited-run Disney Plus series, set years before The Phantom Menace.

According to Richtman, the green-lit Disney+ series will cast a new, younger actor as Windu. Samuel L. Jackson, 71, is also in talks to shoot multiple “flashforward” scenes, set during the Clone Wars.

The Star Wars insider also suggested this project could be a single-shot prequel film based on a young Windu. Lucasfilm has not responded to the rumors.

Samuel L. Jackson played Mace Windu in three Star Wars movies between 1999 and 2005.
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Samuel L Jackson played Mace Windu in three Star Wars movies between 1999 and 2005.

If the reports are true ⁠— and remember these are rumors, so things may yet change ⁠— then Samuel L. Jackson would likely sign on the dotted line soon after talks begin.

“I’d really love to give one more run at Mace Windu in Star Wars,” the veteran Hollywood star said on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last year. He also told JOE.co.uk he was waiting by the phone: “I’m that guy. All they gotta do is call.”

“I’ve still got my purple lightsaber. I’m ready,” Jackson joked at ComicCon last year.

Jackson last portrayed Mace Windu in animated Star Wars movie “The Clone Wars,” before handing the voice-acting reins to Terrence C. Carson for the series.

The 71-year-old played the Jedi master in three Star Wars films. The character made his debut in The Phantom Menace, and had major roles in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith before being killed by Anakin Skywalker and Darth Sidious.

Mace Windu was killed by Darth Sidious and Anakin Skywalker as the latter fell to the dark side in Revenge of the Sith.
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Mace Windu was killed by Darth Sidious & Anakin Skywalker as the latter fell to the dark side.

The rumored Mace Windu spinoff project joins a host of other reported shows apparently set to debut on Disney Plus over the next few years.

These include an animated Kylo Ren show, similar to The Clone Wars and Rebels, as well as a rumored Ahsoka Tano solo series and a plotted Boba Fett revival.

Disney Plus also has a number of confirmed Star Wars series already on the run. The second season of The Mandalorian will drop next month, The Bad Batch will arrive next year, and the Obi-Wan limited-series run is coming in mid-2022.

Entertainment

Ninja teases work in leading role on an upcoming TV show

Published: 8/Jan/2021 2:27 Updated: 8/Jan/2021 4:51

by Brad Norton

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Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has started work on a mysterious TV show, teasing fans on details surrounding his role as one of the leading characters.

Ninja’s rise to mainstream stardom isn’t slowing down anytime soon as the internet celebrity has teased his involvement in a brand new TV show. Details are scarce and there’s no telling when this show might be revealed, but the streamer did provide some key information in his announcement.

The specific work appears to be for an animated series as Ninja’s involvement has been purely voiceover work for the time being. “recorded my first voice over for a main role in a TV show today,” he said on January 7.

“Although I can’t share more yet, voice acting is so fun. A huge passion of mine that I’m starting to get to live out.”

It’s only been a matter of months since Ninja made one of the biggest moves of his career. Brad Pitt and Chris Evans are just a few of the names Ninja is now brushing shoulders with at Hollywood’s biggest talent agency, the Creative Artists Agency.

This major deal appears to be paying dividends in big ways already. A leading role in an animated series isn’t something you see from popular content creators every day.

Leading this charge is exactly what Ninja set his sights on months back. Focusing on “literally anything and everything Hollywood” is what he outlined to Hollywood Reporter in July 2020

That means everything from an appearance on the Masked Singer to work on various cartoons as well.

Ninja on Masked Singer
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Ninja’s first big televised appearance came on hit Fox show The Masked Singer.

It’s only a matter of time until we find out exactly what this show looks like. Could Ninja be the actual character in the animated series? Or is he purely providing his voice for someone else’s creation? We’ll just have to wait and see.

This isn’t the only major Hollywood production Ninja is involved with at this point in his career. Upcoming Ryan Reynolds movie Free Guy is set to feature a number of major content creators, with Ninja chief among them.