Brie Larson has had some time to think about who she would want to play in Star Wars. She’s expressed her interest in the franchise on social media several times over the years, often to mixed reactions from fans. In 2019, it was rumored that she would be joining Kevin Feige’s Star Wars movie. Now, according to sources for We Got This Covered, Larson is talking to Lucasfilm about playing Mara Jade. Considering how vocal Star Wars fans have been about wanting to see Mara Jade in the movie canon, and how divided fans are on Larson, it will be a major topic of online discussion if a deal is signed.
First up, who is Mara Jade? Well, eventually, she is Mara Jade Skywalker. She’s a character from Legends who starts off as the Emperor’s Hand before she changes her ways, marries Luke Skywalker, and becomes a Jedi Master. Of all the roles Brie Larson could pick to go after in Star Wars, Mara Jade is a notable one. Her character is well established in this quote from a Star Wars novel by Michael A. Stackpole: “I’m a fighter. I’ve always been a fighter. The few times when I have been at leisure, I’ve been miserable. I want challenges, I crave them.” Mara Jade is an ambitious character, a popular character, and one that fans have waited to see in film for years.
From some of the photos Brie Larson has shared on social media over the years, this would be in her realm of interest. The below photo was posted to her Twitter in 2019, shortly after rumors about the Feige movie spread online. Many believed she was in talks with Lucasfilm at the time, though that appears to have not happened.
While some people love Brie Larson, others say that she has ruined the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Reactions to the actress have already been fairly intense, with regular rumors that she’ll soon be written out of the Captain Marvel movies springing up online. Star Wars is a franchise with a fair amount of intense fan reaction. Mere speculation about her joining the franchise is met with major reactions. If a deal is signed? We can expect that to trend on Twitter.
While fan reactions may be mixed, we can expect that Brie Larson will be over the moon if this happens. First of all, is there a better character she could go for than Mara Jade? That’s a pretty amazing role to land. And then there’s how long she has been trying to become a part of the Star Wars universe. In an Animal Crossing podcast with Gary Whitta on YouTube in mid-2020, she shared that she tried out for Rogue One and didn’t get the role. She doesn’t mention which part she tried out for, but she’d stayed strong in her desire to join the franchise since then.
Is Mara Jade the role that Brie Larson is meant for? Maybe. If that role doesn’t work out, it doesn’t sound like Larson is interested in abandoning her Star Wars dreams any time soon. With how long her campaign to join the franchise has been going on, it feels like eventually, she’ll have to break in somehow. Similarly, it feels like Mara Jade has been waiting to show up in a live-action movie for far too long. We’ll have to see how the writers pull her into canon and who ends up being the lucky actress to bring her to life.