Gungan Jar Jar Binks (Ahmed Best) became a subject of much ridicule when the Star Wars prequel trilogy — Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005) — released.
In retrospect, some fans have come to appreciate Jar Jar’s comic relief and tagline, “Meesa going home,” as they’ve rewatched the prequel trilogy movies. The adorable viral image of baby Jar Jar Binks didn’t hurt his reputation either.
Now, one Instagram account has made Jar Jar Binks funnier than ever by inserting him into classic pieces of artwork.
ScadArts has been doing a special series of the Gungan in iconic art and we can’t get enough. Check out some of the best edits below.
Here, we see Jar Jar as “Darth Binks the Bombad,” a Sith Lord name we can get behind.
ScadArts also inserted Jar Jar into the iconic Vincent Van Gogh self-portrait that now hangs at Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France. The caption simply states, “Van Binks.”
Jar Jar has also made an appearance in the famous Edvard Munch painting, “The Scream.” The real artwork can be seen at the National Gallery and Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway. The Star Wars universe version is available exclusively on Instagram.
Perhaps the most amusing of the series is “Binks With a Pearl Earring,” a take on Johannes Vermeer’s famous “Girl With a Pearl Earring” painting. This piece of art was also the subject of a 2003 Peter Webber film starring Marvel’s Scarlett Johansson.
Will we ever see Jar Jar Binks again?
Although Lucasfilm has never confirmed Jar Jar Binks’s return to the Star Wars franchise, his fate has never been officially shared in the Star Wars canon. As more and more Star Wars content continues to be added to Disney+, there is, of course, always the possibility that the goofy Gungan will make another appearance.
Jar Jar Binks actor Best, however, would have to be willing to reprise the role. Best did return to the Star Wars galaxy as the host of The Jedi Temple Challenge game show last year, but has never explicitly stated he would return as Jar Jar following the fan backlash he received after George Lucas’s prequel trilogy released.
Two prequel trilogy characters — Ewan McGregor as Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader — will be coming back for Deborah Chow’s upcoming mini-series, OBI-WAN KENOBI: An Original Series, which will take place approximately ten years after the events of Revenge of the Sith.
Liam Neeson, who played Obi-Wan’s Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace, has also stated he would return to Star Wars. Since Jinn died at the hands of Darth Maul (Ray Park), this would likely be in flashback scenes.
For those unfamiliar with Jar Jar Binks’s backstory — and unlikely political career — Wookieepedia has shared the following synopsis:
Jar Jar Binks was a Gunganmalemilitarycommander and politician who played a key role during the Invasion of Naboo and the Clone Wars that culminated in the fall of the Galactic Republic and the rise of the Galactic Empire. Once an outcast from Gungan society due to his clumsy behavior, he regained favor with his people by helping secure an alliance between the Gungan boss Rugor Nass and QueenPadmé Amidala [Natalie Portman] of Naboo
Would you like to see Jar Jar Binks come back to Star Wars?