Leslye Headland’s ‘Star Wars’ Series To Focus On Previously Uncovered History

by Erik Amaya

Although Russian Doll creator Leslye Headland‘s Star Wars series is said to focus on a female protagonist, little else is known about the program. In fact, she was reticent to say too much about it during a recent interview with Fantastic Frankey (via The Playlist). But a mention of the setting does lead to some interesting speculation.

“I would say it’s in a pocket of the universe and a pocket of the timeline that we don’t know much about,” she explained. That is intriguing as Star Wars live action media tends to stick to the Clone Wars and Galactic Civil War periods — and worlds connected to those conflicts. Video games and publishing have a much larger reach, but there are still corners and eras to be explored across the Star Wars galaxy’s vast timeline, especially in a live action program.

She added the show will be something of a “tent revival” in the sense that Star Wars fans can “come over if you want to. We’re going to be talking about some cool stuff. There’s going to be some things we haven’t discussed in canon yet. There are going to be some characters you don’t know about. I would love you to join us. I would love you to be interested in it. If it’s not your thing, the cool thing about Star Wars right now is there’s so much you can align yourself with and get invested in, but if you don’t like it, that’s fine.”

The one thing Star Wars really hasn’t cracked yet is a diversity of tone. There is very much a house style the sequel trilogy, the Star Wars Story movies, and even The Mandalorian adhere to, even as viewer appreciation of those projects varies. At one point, it seemed Solo: A Star Wars Story was primed to be the first out-and-out comedy in the franchise’s history, but that changed when the original directors were fired and Ron Howard took their place.

We’d love to see someone successfully tackle Star Wars with a different approach. Is it possible to tell a political thriller, for example, while still brandishing a lightsaber?

Well, that’s at least us speculating the series may take place a time when the Jedi are ascendant. We’ve never really seen the Jedi Order at the height of their powers in a live action project and that would be an interesting pocket of the timeline and universe to explore. Will it be the one Headland focuses on? Time will tell.

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