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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Jeff Goldblum
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 12: Jeff Goldblum performs with The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra live in concert at Sony Hall on November 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/Getty Images) /

20. Jeff Goldblum as Count Dooku

If George Lucas was looking for an iconic name to anchor the prequel trilogy, few fit the bill better than Sir Christopher Lee, who had the opportunity to embody the role of Count Dooku or Darth Tyranus. Dooku served as a primary antagonist in both Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, and he was a perfect foil in so many moments.

Christopher Lee is nothing short of a legend on the stage, and he was a veteran of Hammer horror films alongside Peter Cushing. One of his most memorable roles through the years was as Saruman in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, and paired with Tim Burton for Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Alice in Wonderland, and even Dark Shadows.

Trying to replicate the presence of Sir Christopher Lee as Count Dooku would be impossible, even in an imagined recasting of the film, but someone who could bring their own flair to it would be film and fashion icon Jeff Goldblum. Goldblum is most often identified and memed for his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm in the Jurassic Park franchise or his recent foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as The Grandmaster in Thor: Ragnorak.

Seeing Goldblum bring his one-of-a-kind delivery and wit to a character like Count Dooku would be a sight to behold in a recast of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.