See Ryan Reynolds Piloting A Rebel X-Wing For New Star Wars Movie

AI creates an amazing image of Ryan Reynolds as an X-Wing pilot.

By Zack Zagranis | Updated

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A picture of Ryan Reynolds on Instagram shows what the Deadpool actor might look like if cast in a Star Wars movie. The AI-generated image depicts Reynolds as an X-Wing pilot, possibly a member of the infamous Rogue Squadron. As previously reported by us, Reynolds has been talking with director Shawn Levy about possibly joining the massively successful Star Wars franchise.

Lucasfilm has been reluctant to bring Star Wars back to the big screen following the less-than-positive reception of The Rise of Skywalker. Released after the polarizing The Last Jedi, The Rise of Skywalker managed to do one good thing by reuniting a fractured fanbase. Both fans of The Last Jedi and the film’s detractors all agreed on how much they hated The Rise of Skywalker.

Could locking down fan-favorite Ryan Reynolds for a starring role in the next Star Wars be just the push Disney needs to bring the franchise back to theaters? Reynolds is already slated to join the MCU with Deadpool 3. Disney might as well stick him in their other multimedia cash cow while they’re at it.

There is certainly no shortage of characters in the Star Wars universe that Ryan Reynolds could capture perfectly in live-action. One scenario would be to take inspiration from the above picture and cast Ryan as a young Wedge Antilles, the leader of Rogue Squadron.

For those unfamiliar, Antilles is a rebel pilot with the distinction of being the only non-lead to survive all three of the films in the original Star Wars trilogy. Wedge even showed up for a cameo in The Rise of Skywalker. Original Wedge actor Dennis Lawson returned to the role for a scene at the end of the movie where all the random ships gather to help the resistance.

Ryan would be the perfect actor to portray a younger Wedge during the formation of Rogue Squadron or even during the years between Return of The Jedi and The Force Awakens. The wisecracking Reynolds would be a great fit for the brash rebel pilot.

Lucasfilm announced a Rogue Squadron movie with director Patty Jenkins at the helm years ago. Lucasfilm has since pushed Rogue Squadron to the back burner while they focus on Disney+ content exclusively, but the project has never officially been canceled. Could Ryan Reynolds be the mouth-to-mouth needed to revive the project?

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Ryan Reynolds in Free Guy (2021)

If that were the case, it’s possible Reynolds could be portraying one of Rogue Squadron’s other famous pilots. Tycho Celchu or Coran Horn would both be solid choices for the Free Guy actor.

What is perhaps the perfect role for Ryan lies outside of Rogue Squadron and in the seedier parts of Star Wars’ criminal underground. Brash smuggler Dash Rendar is little more than a clone of Han Solo, but that’s what makes him such a great role for Reynolds. Who among us couldn’t imagine an alternate reality where Ryan Reynolds played smarmy hotshot Han Solo instead of Harrison Ford?

Dash was originally created as a stand-in for Solo during the 1996 Shadows of The Empire multimedia event that took place between Empire Strikes Back and Return of The Jedi. Shadows is considered a Legends property these days, but Lucasfilm has introduced Dash Rendar into the current Star Wars canon thanks to a 2018 novel Solo: A Star Wars Story: Tales from Vandor.

Whether it’s Dash, Wedge, or some original character, Ryan Reynolds would be a welcome addition to the Star Wars universe, no matter how you slice it.

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