Domhnall Gleeson up for returning as General Hux

Star Wars: The Last Jedi..General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) ..Photo: David James..©2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi..General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) ..Photo: David James..©2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved. /

General Hux is a character that got a rough deal in the sequel trilogy. Portrayed as an insanely over the top First Order leader in The Force Awakens, treated like a joke in The Last Jedi and then as an afterthought in The Rise of Skywalker, Hux changes from film to film. However, Domhnall Gleeson, the actor who plays Hux recently revealed his interest in returning as the character.

In an interview with The Wrap, the actor said “Of course I would! He was really interesting, and I think there’s a lot I could do more [with him]. I don’t see them [Disney] making the call. I’m not sure anybody’s clamoring for a Hux sequel or prequel. But yeah, of course. Those movies are amazing.”

Hux’s return to Star Wars storytelling would have to be in a prequel story, as audiences witness his death at the hands of Allegiant General Pryde in The Rise of Skywalker. However, a prequel story featuring Hux would be able to delve deeper into the motivations of his most surprising act.

In a move that catches everyone off guard, it’s revealed that Hux is a traitor to the First Order, and has been feeding information to the Resistance, most crucially the return of Palpatine. This act comes very much out of nowhere, and the only justification given is that Hux wishes to see Kylo Ren lose, and doesn’t care if the Resistance wins.

There isn’t a lot of set up for this reveal, and apart from this one line Hux’s motivations are unexplored, mainly because he is shot in the next scene. It’s a shame this is the case, because it’s the start of an interesting motivation and character development for Hux and is something that sets him apart from other defectors, such as Agent Kallus from Star Wars: Rebels.

If Hux were to return in any Star Wars projects, it would hopefully explain why he so quickly turned on the First Order. Hux’s betrayal isn’t the only thing that could be explained in a show set between the movies of the sequel era. If the series were set between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, it could help explain Hux’s betrayal, how the Resistance regrew its strength and the wider state of the galaxy with the First Order’s takeover.

However, none of this will happen soon. In the list of series Disney has so far announced, it’s unlikely that Domhnall Gleeson will be a part of them. Perhaps in the future he will get a chance to return as Hux, but for now he will have to wait.