Jar Jar Binks, with his buffoonish antics and strange way of speaking, quickly led to him becoming one of the most unpopular characters in the Star Wars universe, as well as one of the most divisive elements from the prequel trilogy.
Now, a rumour circulating around the web seems to be claiming that Jar Jar Binks will be returning for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series coming to Disney+ and not just that, Jar Jar will supposedly be sporting a whole new look for his return.
The rumour was first dropped by Jason Ward, Editor-in-Chief of Making Star Wars. He called it a rumour himself since the series has yet to begin productions but he believes that his sources are reliable.
“I’m told “Ben” Kenobi crosses paths with his old friend from Naboo, Jar Jar Binks. Early work has been conducted for the CGI Gungan’s return to Star Wars,” Ward writes. “Jar Jar has a beard to reflect where he’s been and what his life has been like since they were all deceived by a great lie that ushered in the first Galactic Empire. Kenobi will not be the only bearded character this time.”
There you have it, we just might be seeing older, wiser Jar Jar in the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series and he just might be giving Obi-Wan a run for his money for ‘Best Bearded Character’ in the Star Wars universe.
As Ward puts it, the beard will be used to symbolise Jar Jar’s maturity and growth following the events of Revenge of the Sith. Also, the rumour is actually not as ridiculous as it first sounds, as Jar Jar is one of the few characters from the prequels that Obi-Wan will still have connections to. Anakin Skywalker has fallen to the dark side and became Darth Vader, Qui-Gon Jin is dead, and Yoda is living in exile. This leaves Jar Jar as one of the few surviving characters who could also help inject some levity into the series.
It is also not known yet if Ahmed Best will be making a return as Jar Jar Binks but if he does, it will be a great chance for him to receive a second chance to show his range as an actor. In 2018, Best had opened up about him being bullied by critics and fans to the point where he had contemplated suicide.
Lucasfilm has yet to officially confirm the rumour.
Production for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series is expected to start in Summer 2020.