We got major news recently when Disney+ revealed the INCREDIBLE cast for “Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi” and it’s bringing back some of our favorite parts of the prequels. There is one character, though, who has confirmed he will not be returning; Jar Jar Binks.
Everyone’s favorite Gungan politician was a frequent companion of Kenobi’s in the prequels, and there were some rumors swirling earlier this year that we might see him again. But the actor behind the loathed/loved character said it’s not happening.
Thanks for the love, but I will not be in this series. As much as I would’ve loved to be a part of it. But I’m ecstatic to see folks who I love dearly back together doing great things. https://t.co/5bzLq9yslh
— Ahmed BEst (@ahmedbest) March 29, 2021
“Thanks for the love, but I will not be in this series,” Best said. “As much as I would’ve loved to be a part of it. But I’m ecstatic to see folks who I love dearly back together doing great things.”
It’s understandable because Jar Jar Binks is almost certainly the most controversial character in all of Star Wars history. Yet, as most Dads know, things that were once considered “lame” have a way of coming back into style.
Look at Hayden Christensen, most people hated his work in the prequels at the time. Yet, when it was announced he’d be returning as Vader in the Kenobi miniseries, people were THRILLED. They were legit excited to see these two dueling their fates again.
So, could it work with Jar Jar Binks? Actually, yeah, it probably could’ve. I’m not saying you make him a main character, but with actual good material, a few Jar Jar appearances could’ve been done well. At the very least, bring him back to kill off the character in a hilarious way, which would also be cathartic for SW fans.
The Star Wars universe needs a proper end to the Jar Jar Binks story, and Disney is missing a huge opportunity to score some quick nostalgia points, and give prequel fans (and those who watched them but still wouldn’t call themselves “fans”) closure.
In any case, we were glad to see Ahmed hosting the Star Wars Jedi Temple game show.