Samuel L. Jackson Wants in on Star Wars: Episode VII

Was Mace Windu alive this whole time...?

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Harrison Ford isn't the only Star Wars alumni who's willing to gear up for Disney's new trilogy. Samuel L. Jackson, who played Mace Windu in the prequel trilogy, has expressed his eagerness to come back for Star Wars: Episode VII. And he doesn't care that his character had a spectacular death scene in Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.

After telling E! Online that he was "totally geeked out" by the notion of more Star Wars movies, the actor added, "It's like, okay, Obi-Wan was dead when episode four started, so maybe everyone thinks I'm dead and we'll find out what happened to Mace Windu. I can come back as one-armed or a one-handed Jedi that's still around that didn't actually die.

"I could do that or be a ghost hologram. I don't care," Jackson says. "I just want to stay associated with the franchise. Not that I won't because I've been in three of them."

Samuel L. Jackson was famously stoked to be a part of the recent Star Wars trilogy, but added stipulations to contract that he be given an impressive death scene and, reportedly, that his character would get a purple light saber. He got them both. But the questions remain: if Mace Windu was really alive this whole time, what the hell was he doing during the original Star Wars trilogy? How could Mace Windu come back as a ghost if he never undertook Qui-Gon Jinn's training? And does anyone want to revisit elements from the prequel trilogy in the first place?

Still, it's heartening to know that so many actors are willing and excited to be a part of the new Star Wars movies, allowing for the possibility of connecting the new movies to the older ones, classic and otherwise, in a tangible way, not just in name only.

William Bibbiani is the editor of CraveOnline's Film Channel and co-host of The B-Movies Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani