‘Star Wars’ Isn’t “Dead”, as New Project Confirms Return of Several Original Trilogy Characters

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(L to R) Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in 'Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope'

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Star Wars has confirmed the return of several beloved characters in an upcoming prequel.

These days, it’s hard to keep track of Star Wars. With new television shows being churned out on Disney+ like there’s no tomorrow, new movies being announced for theaters (The Mandalorian and Grogu being one of many upcoming releases), novels, comic books, video games, and any other tie-in media you can think of, it’s impossible to keep up.

But even though the franchise continues to expand, many fans are now saying Star Wars is well and truly “dead” in the wake of the new live-action Disney+ television series The Acolyte (2024). Putting all the controversies aside, the truth is that Disney Star Wars has been leaving a sour taste in fans’ mouths since Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi (2017).

Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) drinking milk in 'The Last Jedi'
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The Downfall of Star Wars

The franchise has gone through many ups and downs regarding quality since the audacious eighth entry in the Skywalker Saga left the fanbase in tatters. While there has been some light in the dark (The Clone Wars, The Mandalorian Seasons 1 and 2, Tales of the Jedi, Visions, The Bad Batch), for the most part, Star Wars has continued to disappoint.

Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker (2019), The Book of Boba Fett (2021), Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022), The Mandalorian Season 3 (2023), and Ahsoka (2023). Even Disney World’s disastrous-and-now-defunct Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. Need we say more?

(L) Finn in 'The Force Awakens (R) Rey in 'The Rise of Skywalker (Background) Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
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Can Star Wars Be Saved?

In perhaps an ironic twist of fate, as The Last Jedi itself once said, “Darkness rises, and light to meet it.” Now, an upcoming installment could be about to save the franchise. It’s no movie or TV show, but it could be just what Star Wars needs after years of disappointing and divisive content.

We don’t think you’ll roll your eyes when we say “Star Wars Outlaws” (2024). After years of teasing fans, the franchise’s first-ever open-world game is suddenly weeks away from release. There are likely many fans out there right now canceling their Disney+ subscriptions, but we don’t think for one minute that they’re also throwing out their games consoles.

Adam Driver as Kylo Ren in 'Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi' (2017)
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“A New Hope” for Star Wars

Unsurprisingly, there have already been several trailers for “Star Wars Outlaws.” With a project like this — an open-world game set in the faraway galaxy — naturally, the developers (Massive Entertainment) and publishers (Ubisoft) are hardly going to want to keep quiet about anything.

Set between Star Wars: Episode V — Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi (1983), “Outlaws” follows scoundrel, bounty hunter, and outlaw Kay Vess (Humberly González) as she prepares to undertake one last heist so that she’s out of the criminal underworld for good.

But, of course, with deadly crime syndicates and a galaxy full of danger standing between her and freedom, it isn’t going to be easy.

Kay Vess smiling in 'Star Wars Outlaws'
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At her side is her Merquaal companion Nix (voiced by Star Wars‘ Dee Bradley Baker), who’s able to aid Vess throughout her quest in unique ways.

Of course, as this is a new story, there are several new characters populating the game, however, given its place between two original trilogy movies, perhaps to no surprise, there are also some very familiar faces.

Now, “Outlaws” has yet another new trailer, which, since its premiere three days ago during Game Fest 2024, has already been followed by a new “Game Overview” trailer.

Between the two new trailers, several returning original trilogy characters — along with a beloved character from Solo: A Star Wars Story (2016) — have been confirmed.

Check out the “Summer Game Fest” teaser below, per Ubisoft:

And here’s the “Official Game Overview” trailer (there’s now also a 10-minute “Showcase” version):

Did you spot all the characters in question? Don’t worry if you didn’t — we’ve got it covered.

All Returning Star Wars Characters in “Outlaws”

Jabba the Hutt

Jabba the Hutt in "Star Wars Outlaws"
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The grotesque Tatooine crime lord Jabba the Hutt will be a recurring character in “Star Wars Outlaws.” As Kay Vess, you’ll be working for him throughout the game, however, you’ll also have the option to “betray” him. Jabba is voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, who voices all the clones in the Star Wars animated shows, and also voices Kay’s pet Nix in the game.

Han Solo

Carbonized Han Solo in 'Star Wars Outlaws'
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We’ve known from the beginning that the iconic smuggler and pilot of the Millennium Falcon, Han Solo, will appear in “Star Wars Outlaws.” However, as it’s set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, he’s frozen in carbonite and in the possession of Jabba the Hutt. Will he be woken from his slumber for a side mission? We can only hope.

Bib Fortuna

Jabba the Hutt and Bob Fortuna in "Star Wars Outlaws"
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There’s no Jabba the Hutt without his equally stomach-churning chief aide, Bib Fortuna. The Twi’lek majordomo may meet his maker at the end of The Mandalorian Season 2 at the hands of Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison), but, unfortunately, “Outlaws” finds him alive and well, as the game takes place some six or so years before the events depicted in the Disney+ series.

Lando Calrissian

Lando Calrissian in "Star Wars Outlaws"
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While it comes as no real surprise to see the iconic smuggler Lando Calrissian show up in one of the latest “Outlaws” trailers (he can be seen doing a spot of gambling), it’s still great to have him show up. While it hasn’t been confirmed who’s voicing him, it sounds a lot like the original Lando actor Billy Dee Williams (but we can safely say that it isn’t Donald Glover).

Qi’ra

Qi'ra in "Star Wars Outlaws"
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Earlier this year, it was reported that Qi’ra, the Corellia-born street thief turned Crimson Dawn lieutenant from the anthology spinoff movie Solo: A Star Wars Story, would be appearing in “Outlaws.” The latest Game Fest 2024 trailer seemingly confirms this, as a female character seen interacting with Kay Vess looks just like her. Sadly, though, Emilia Clarke hasn’t reprised her role.

Jabba’s Pet Rancor

The Rancor from 'Return of the Jedi' in "Star Wars Outlaws"
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To no surprise, Jabba the Hutt’s pet Rancor will also appear in the game — although this was revealed in the first trailer that premiered nearly a year ago. We’ve no doubt whatsoever that when you opt to betray Jabba, he’ll introduce you to the giant beast that resides beneath the spot where you stand whenever you’re interacting with him. Best of luck.

Salacious B. Crumb

Salacious B. Crumb in "Star Wars Outlaws"
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If there’s any other creature in the company of Jabba that’s even more grotesque than Bib Fortuna or the Rancor, it’s Salacious B. Crumb, the Kowakian monkey-lizard that also first appeared in Return of the Jedi. As “Outlaws” takes place before the 1983 original trilogy sequel, you probably won’t be able to take him down into the Rancor pit with you. Shame.

With the exception of Kay Vess, Nix, and Jabba the Hutt, we don’t know who’s voicing these other characters. While IMDb does list a number of actors in addition to those confirmed, it has yet to be verified by Disney, Lucasfilm, Massive Entertainment, or Ubisoft.

Kay Vess looking out at the landscape in 'Star Wars Outlaws'
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It also remains to be seen which other well-known Star Wars characters will appear in the game. But here’s to hoping we’ll see the likes of Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2, Boba Fett, Din Djarin/The Mandalorian, and Grogu show up.

“Outlaws” will be released on PlayStation 5, Windows, and Xbox Series X/S on August 30, 2024.

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