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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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 22: Actor BD Wong visits the Build Series to discuss the Comedy Channel series “Awkwafina is Nora from Queens” at Build Studio on January 22, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images) /

19. BD Wong as General Grievous

When introduced in Revenge of the Sith, General Grievous instantly became an iconic droid villain for the franchise and made as thrilling an arrival as he did exit. The voice for the character has primarily been provided by Matthew Wood, who is a supervising sound editor at Skywalker Sound and has provided a variety of voices throughout the years in Star Wars and a handful of other properties.

In a recast of Star Wars, it would be something different to see an iconic name try and deliver an unforgettable performance as the hacking lightsaber-adorned antagonist. One of the most fascinating choices to take on the mantle would be veteran actor BD Wong, who is perhaps most known for his role as Dr. Henry Wu in the Jurassic Park franchise.

Wong has also had roles in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the HBO drama series Oz, Gotham, The X-Files, All American Girl, and many others. Wong is also a master on the stage, just as he is on the screen, and he’s the only actor in history to have won a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Theatre World Award for the same role.

Seeing Wong’s calculated and measured approach adapted to provide the voice of General Grievous, hacking cough and all, could be an unforgettable performance in a recast of the Star Wars.