With Star Wars: Episode IX currently in pre-production, the filmmakers have begun to consider introducing new characters in the main series. It turns out that one of these characters happens to be a notable character from the Expanded Universe novels. According to a recent casting call, director J.J. Abrams and casting director Nina Gold are interested in a “female lead, 40-50 years old, to play the role of ‘MARA'”. While it is likely that Mara is a placeholder name, there is also a chance that this character is actually Mara Jade from the Expanded Universe novel, 1991’s Heir to the Empire.
In the novel, Jade is the Hand of Emperor Palpatine sent to kill Luke Skywalker who eventually trained a generation of Jedi alongside him. This meant that she was one of the most pivotal characters in the Expanded Universe. Although this plotline is no longer canon, this does not mean that elements in these books were not featured in the main film franchise. After all, the Cloud-Riders and Thrawn will be featured in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Therefore, the prospect of Jade being in the upcoming Star Wars film is plausible.
If Jade does appear in Episode IX, it will be for purposes different than what was in Heir to the Empire because The Last Jedi already depicted Luke as someone who had already trained a generation of Jedi. In the meantime, fans of the Expanded Universe can speculate whether one of its iconic characters will be in the finished product.
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– Mark Tan
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Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for release on December 20, 2019.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: Episode IX stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, and John Boyega.