Protocol: A Star Wars Story
Disney and Lucasfilm Ltd announced the next Star Wars spin off movie entitled Protocol: A Star Wars Story. The story will be set before the derisive prequel trilogy, will feature Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious and will star Anthony Daniels in the lead role. This time he will be seen out of the familiar C-3PO costume...
The early word is that Anthony Daniels will play an engineer with ties to the Sith Lords, Plagueis and Sidious. Plagueis has a plan to assemble a droid army to gain control of the republic, a plan Darth Sidious will reuse by the time of The Phantom Menace. This is where Anthony Daniels' character comes into play.
Anthony will portray Phool Apreel in the new film. Apreel is the engineer responsible for the protocol droids we are familiar from the movies so far. The most famous protocol droid is C-3PO. What we didn't know was that the protocol droids were originally designed to be used in warfare. See the announcement poster for the film below.
Reports suggest that Plagueis sends his apprentice Darth Sidious to commission an army of Commando droids from Apreel, who is more than happy to oblige. It will be revealed in the movie that the "C" in C-3PO stands for Commando and that the main droid in the feature will be an assassin droid who's parts will one day be repurposed by Anakin and become the Threepio we know and love.
The lead character in the film is rumoured to be a female Jedi and former love of Phool Apreel who must destroy the droid army and retreat into hiding on Tatooine. Speculation is she may be Shmii Skywalker, Anakin's mother.
Nothing more is known about Protocol: A Star Wars Story at this time, except that elements of this plot are present throughout the Star Wars saga. In Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace a remnant of the Commando Droid army built but Phool Apreel is used by the Trade Federation. One of these Droids, TC-14 is sent to kill the Jedi, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi when they first arrive at the Federation flagship. We also get a glimpse at C-3PO's true nature in the arena in Star Wars Episode II Attack Of The Clones. Remember "Die Jedi dogs"? That was George Lucas sowing the seeds for this story.
Another abandoned story line in The Force Awakens saw C-3PO being outfitted with the red arm of an assassin droid in order to infiltrate the Republic Senate and eliminate a First Order spy. That would explain the use of a red arm in the movie, and lay the foundation for the new film, which may very well become a trilogy of movie told across four movies with the final film having a part one and part two.
What do you make of the new film? Are you excited to see Anthony Daniels finally get his own Star Wars vehicle? Who do you want to see cast a s the young Shmii and Young Palpatine in the film? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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