Fans of the Star Wars Expanded Universe rejoice! The Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) may be coming to the big screen. Plus, it appears that the fan fave video game is actually a part of the Star Wars canon!
The Geek Generation previously featured Solo, and it has a scene which ties KOTOR to the official Star Wars history.
For those who haven’t seen the film yet, be warned: minor spoilers ahead.
In a scene set on the yacht of Dryden Voss, several antiques around the living room can be seen. ComicBook.com notes that one particular item, a table made of obsidian riddled with hieroglyphics, used to be a part of the Sith temple of Exar Kun. KOTOR fans will recognize the name as a major character in the video games.
The KOTOR series is considered by many as the pinnacle of Star Wars games, standing tall above Battlefront I-II and The Force Unleashed. In fact, they are among the biggest video games in terms of both following and production. The latest in the series so far, titled The Old Republic, is identified by Lottoland as one of the most expensive games ever made. It had a budget of $200 million. Such scale of production is one indicator of the size of the series’ fanbase. KOTOR enthusiasts will be happy to know that though Disney erased the Star Wars Expanded Universe, characters and story elements are making small appearances.
Despite the substantial clue, however, there haven’t been any official announcements about the movie just yet. There’s a precedent for Lucasfilm to set up their next movies in the same way as Marvel and Pixar. In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, when Luke Skywalker goes inside the Millennium Falcon, he removes Han Solo’s golden dice from the cockpit. It appears again when Luke hands it over to Leia. In Solo, we see the same dice again as Han’s lucky charm. It sure looks like the producers are providing subtle hints and ensuring that continuity between all the movies is tight.
Now here’s the biggest question of all: Which of all the upcoming Star Wars projects announced will be the KOTOR movie? The untitled Episode IX is off the table since that’s the climax to the current Skywalker saga.
Is it writer/director Rian Johnson’s secret trilogy? Johnson has already said that the new trilogy will have nothing to do with the Skywalkers, the First Order, or The Resistance. That’s a possible candidate right there, especially considering that KOTOR is a series of three games.
Another possibility is that it’s the Star Wars project of Game of Thrones writers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff. It’s not too much of a stretch for them to shift from medieval fantasy to medieval science fiction. KOTOR stories would fit perfectly in their wheelhouse.
Regardless of all this speculation, fans can rest knowing that KOTOR exists in the original Star Wars universe. It’s more about the anticipation of when Lucasfilm will publicly acknowledge this discovery and what the implications are for Star Wars’ cinematic future.