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RUMOR: Star Wars Episode IX Casts a Character Codenamed 'MARA'

Discussion in 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' started by SWNN Probe, Apr 21, 2018.

  1. Trevor

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    It's not real...let it go.
     
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    I can only imagine what is ahead of us, all those teasings and challenges.
    But you are right.
    If only I cound restrain my temper in certain moments.
     
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    I know it's off topic (like this whole thread). But can somebody finally explain to me what LyLo Ren means? @McDiarmid is as helpful as ever!
     
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    Same here the suspense is killing me :D.
     
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    I am bad in hiding what I really mean.
    Lylo is nick made by fandom means little liar. It is not like an entirely bad meaning, but its cleary a meme of his lying to Rey.

    And I know there we go again he asked Rey and than Rey said it...please no this is OT.

    But I find Lylo sympathetic and, to me he is obviously lying. More than obviously.

    His only saving grace is he is softer to Rey than to other lower creatures around him.
    ( and again please no off topic more I do not think Reylo is possible, and if possible it would be particularily harmful for trilogy in my eyes).
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    Just scrolled other Star Wars forums to see what they think and found that other fans are way ahead of us .
    It can't be casting for Mara Jade since such casting its unnecessary,perfect actress is obvious and no need to seartch further .
     
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    this thread gets stranger by the day. Bizarrely, it is actually highly entertaining.
     
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    What the heck, I'll post the original version of the article that I wrote here for giggles. (After I had finished it, TPTB decided that it needed to be overhauled.)


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    Star Wars Episode IX casting sheets are apparently making the rounds, and details on one of particular interest has gone viral. In what might be one of the biggest transfers of a Star Wars Legends character to the canon since Thrawn came into Rebels, Star Wars Episode IX is reportedly looking for someone to play a character that could very well be Mara Jade... Or at least a character that sounds like she could fill a similar role in the next movie.




    That Hashtag Show has claimed that Lucasfilm is looking for an actress between the ages of 40 and 50 to play a new character for the Sequel Trilogy’s closing chapter. She will be one of a handful of new characters introduced in the final chapter, and her role is described as being a lead. The character’s codename: MARA. That's all we know officially, but still - it seems as though there's significance behind Lucasfilm using that name in a casting call, knowing how important it is to Legends fans.



    For those of you unfamiliar with the character, Mara Jade was originally a Force-wielding assassin trained by Emperor Palpatine himself, completely loyal to him to the point where she even sought to avenge his death by killing Luke Skywalker herself. However, the man she found was nothing like what she imagined, and Luke even helped her overcome her conditioning, teaching her the ways of the Jedi in the process. They eventually married and had a son named Ben Skywalker, working together to rebuild the Jedi until her death at the hands of her nephew, who turned to evil.



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    If MARA is indeed Mara Jade, and her story is anything like her Legends counterpart, then this presents some massively important implications to the plot. Did she and Luke have children? Did Luke believe that she died when Ben Solo betrayed everyone, factoring into his self-loathing and bitterness over what happened? If they did have a kid, is he one of the Knights of Ren? If she survived, does that mean that she was able to save some of Luke's other students? Is Mara Jade somehow Rey’s mother? Could a loose adaptation of The Thrawn Trilogy be on the cards at Lucasfilm to fill in for this character's backstory? Tons of possibilities here.



    But let's manage our expectations for the time being. Granted, there's a chance that a character’s codename can be just that - a codename. Nothing mentioned by THS specifically establishes MARA as being Mara Jade, as they acknowledge in their report. Another thing to keep in mind is that Lucasfilm's been known to keep an insane level of secrecy on their projects, so it seems like having something as big as "MARA JADE IS IN THE NEXT MOVIE" written on a casting sheet would be incredibly reckless on their part - which suggests a codename. What’s more likely to happen here is that MARA is a new character filling a similar role that Mara Jade did in those stories, if the name - which appears to have been specifically-chosen - is really a homage to Jade.



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    I'd also like to say this... Remember, the novelization for The Last Jedi teased us with the fake-out opening of Luke imagining having a wife on Tatooine, and the people behind Rebels specifically made a point of naming Hera and Kanan’s son after Jacen Solo (even if the significance of that fact has yet to be revealed). They can still adapt elements of a character without explicitly adapting the character themselves - note how one can draw a number of comparison to Jacen Solo/Darth Caedus from Legends and Ben Solo/Kylo Ren from the Sequel Trilogy.



    Still, the age range given for the actress would match up with how old Jade would be in the canon timeline if she were born at the same point she was in Legends, give or take a few years. And if Jade is in the movie, then that would likely mean that Mark Hamill would have all the more reason to come back as Luke, as he’s suggested that he will. Hopefully, if the character really is Jade, then J. J. Abrams won’t pull another “John Harrison/Khan Noonien Singh” situation on us, like what infamously happened with Star Trek Into Darkness. We’ll be sure to have more Episode IX news soon, since the movie will be filming from July to December, so stay tuned to SWNN - your Force for news!
     
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    what if 'Mara' is the codename for a possible 'Leia' recast?
     
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    If they're looking for a woman between 40 and 50 that's too young for Leia unless it's for a flashback.
     
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    I think they are looking for a young Leia to recast so they can show flashbacks to Ben's youth. If they have a funeral for her Ben wont be there so it would be a good way to have him reflect. As for the 40-50 yr old female most likely an Admin type to help lead the resistance.
     
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    Leia is about 53 in TLJ, right? So it could be a case of recasting Leia. You can easily use this new actress for the present time and flashbacks then. But I highly doubt it.
     
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    In that last picture of Mara, the artist used Kate Beckinsale as the "face model". Would she have the inside track if they really are looking to bring Mara Jade into the ST?
     
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    Not that I put any validity in it being a recast for Lea but Mara is Ben's mother, isn't she? lol
     
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    Fandom in the outer rim has actually already found perfect Mara Jade.

    Jessica Chastain

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    In ep VIII you make Luke looser.
    In ep IX you show he was once most lucky dude. In the galaxy.

    Its all machine partner.
     
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    He was no loser in VIII. Furthermore we already saw him as a "lucky dude"...
     
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    Of course you are correct, Luke is lucky having daughter as perfect as she is. Force never lefts one who believes, nor the Force abandons its project of Chosen line.It would be a pitty Force.

    But, we didn't saw this in the film jet.
     
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    Ugh. SHE'S NOT LUKES DAUGHTER.
     
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    We saw him being happy in the OT. This is what I meant.
     
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    not really, he almost lost everything.
     
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    For me he looks very happy here:
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