Star Wars: Recasting the original and prequel trilogies for the 2020s

Brie Larson/Will Smith/Tom Holland. Composite: Dork Side of the Force.
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PASADENA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 09: Nick Offerman of ‘Devs’ speaks during the FX segment of the 2020 Winter TCA Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 09, 2020 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images) /

13. Nick Offerman as Jabba the Hutt

Jabba the Hutt first appeared in Return of the Jedi, but his character had been established in both previous Star Wars films. Declan Mulholland is the only man to physically portray the character in a deleted scene from A New Hope that was later restored and remastered with CGI in the 1997 special edition and later releases.

Larry Ward provided the voice for Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi, and Scott Schumann gave his voice to the character in the restored deleted scene for A New Hope as well as in The Phantom Menace. Kevin Michael Richardson is the most recent voice connected to the literally massive villain, having portrayed Jabba the Hutt in both the film and TV series The Clone Wars.

If the character were to get recast today, the very different technology of the 2020s would come into play just as much as the different talent pool. When considering who might be able to bring the character to life in an unforgettable way, a great choice would be Nick Offerman.

Best known for his role as Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation, Offerman has also had key roles in The Founder and Fargo and provided his voice acting chops to The Lego Movie, Hotel Transylvania, and Ice Age: Collision Course. Seeing Offerman’s take on Jabba the Hutt would be unforgettable.