‘The Mandalorian’ Director Seemingly Confirms Mace Windu’s ‘Star Wars’ Return

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Bryce Dallas Howard on The Mandalorian set

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Every Star Wars fan was on edge after Samuel L. Jackson dropped a major hint that he wants Jedi Master Mace Windu to return in The Mandalorian, and Bryce Dallas Howard just seemingly confirmed it.

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Every Star Wars fan has theorized what happened to Jedi Master Mace Windu after having his hand cut off by Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) and shot out of Chancellor Palpatine’s (Ian McDiarmid) suite on Coruscant.

Did Windu survive? Many have long hoped that the legendary Jedi Master would make his grand return to the Star Wars universe, but their dreams might finally come true.

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When Samuel L. Jackson was asked if there’s any possibility that Mace Windu will return to Star Wars on Josh Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused interview, he responded and highlighted Bryce Dallas Howard:

“Definitely. There’s a huge history of people with one hand returning in Star Wars… The only person I’ve ever said that to about coming back was Bryce Dallas Howard, ’cause I just did a movie with her. And she directs episodes of The Mandalorian, so, ‘You think you might be able to hook a brother up? I mean you like me, right?’ She’s like, ‘I love you, you’re amazing!’ So, ‘Put me back in there… Put me in, coach, I’m ready!’ You know, I’ll learn to lightsaber left-handed. Come on, hook me up.”

Bryce Dallas Howard at Premiere of Star Wars: The Mandalorian
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Howard, director of select The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett episodes, has since seen the interview snippet where Jackson hilariously brings up her name and responds with a cryptic Tweet:


Replying with just three emoji eyes, Bryce Dallas Howard was both shocked and flattered by Samuel L. Jackson’s response to whether or not his Jedi Knight will return to the Star Wars galaxy.

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While it’s unclear what Lucasfilm has planned for the future of Jackson’s character, it seems that Bryce Dallas Howard, a Star Wars fan-favorite, is on board to bring her ARGYLLE (2022) co-star back into the world of George Lucas.

However, not every fan is on board for a Mace Windu appearance in The Mandalorian season three:

Please don’t. Bringing him back would undermine Anakin’s fall to the darkside. Mace’s death was the final event that pushed him over the edge.

Another fan wrote:

PLEASE NO. Stop ruining the prequel story! The whole reason he died was to conclude the transformation of Darth Vader…Anakin

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These opinions, however, seem to make up a small minority of comments to Howard’s mysterious Tweet, as many fans ready for a Windu and Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) — who’s returning to the Star Wars galaxy in Obi-Wan Kenobi for the first time in 17 years — rematch.

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Fans will have to wait and see if these rumors pan out to be accurate, and, if so, will Mace Windu get his series set before or after the fall of the Jedi Council from Order 66.

More about Obi-Wan Kenobi

The story begins ten years after the dramatic events of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith,” where Obi-Wan Kenobi faced his most significant defeat—the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, who turned to the dark side as evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.

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McGregor recently stated that the most “annoying” part of returning to his Star Wars role was that he knew the series was happening years before Lucasfilm even announced its development in 2019:

“That was annoying. Every interview I ever did for, you know, years, people would say, ‘Well, are the rumors true?’ And I’d have to sort of, I’d have to lie. I’d have to say, ‘Well, you know, I don’t know. I’d be happy to play him one day again.’”

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi
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The world of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Darth Vader (James Earl Jones), Jedi Master Yoda (Frank Oz), Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein), Darth Maul (Ray Parker), Anakin Skywalker (Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch/Temura Morrison), Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), Jedi Knight Grogu (AKA “Baby Yoda”), Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), Cara Dune (Gina Carano), Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff)Koska Reeves (Sasha Banks), Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), Mos Pelgo Marshal Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant), and Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) the Millennium Falcon, the Death Star, and The Clone Wars.

Within the Star Wars franchise, Lucasfilm is moving past Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) or the controversial Rian Johnson Star Wars film The Last Jedi (2018) as we dive into the Old Republic or explore new realities of the Star Wars universe with each new TV show or the upcoming Star Wars game like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 2 or Star Wars Eclipse.

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“The rematch of the century” teased by Kathleen Kennedy, director Deborah Chow, and Lucasfilm will be supported by Moses Ingram (Inquisitor Reva), Joel Edgerton (Uncle Owen), Bonnie Piesse (Beru Lars), Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie.

Obi-Wan Kenobi is directed by Deborah Chow and executive-produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Deborah Chow, Ewan McGregor, and Joby Harold.

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