Disney+ is fast becoming an unstoppable media juggernaut with a massive selection of classic shows and a whole host of new content coming to our screens, this behemoth could soon outclass and outdo the majority of the competition. Star Wars and the Mandalorian are partly responsible for the company’s success not to mention that they have several other Star Wars shows either running, or in production with The Bad Batch, The Book of Boba Fett, Ashoka and Jedi Temple Challenge to name a few. But it still has me thinking that they could and should do more, specifically a series dedicated to Dr Chelli Lona Aphra.
So who is Dr Aphra?
Doctor Aphra is a criminal archaeologist with an expert knowledge of droid and weapons technologies, think Indiana Jones, meets Han Solo – only unlike Solo she usually picks the selfish option. Her expertise tend to lie in the fields of ancient weapons, specifically killer droids and Jedi artifacts. She is a fast talking, risk taking charismatic loud mouth, yet somehow she is incredibly endearing to watch.
Aphra fits surprisingly well into the current cannon where her first documented appearance is set shortly after the destruction of the first Death Star. Dr Aphra is hired by none other than Darth Vader to help him regain his prestige and authority within the Empire. This goes about as well as you’d expect but my god is this adventure fun to follow.
I could imagine this series being very much in the vein of Firefly, a space western that is light hearted, yet has it darker moments. We could maybe see Aphra post Vader or if the budget is there working with Darth Vader.
Your initial cast would be made up of Dr Aphra who I would like to see played by either Jessica Henwick or Chloe Bennet. Both women are totally underrated and both could play the part of cocky badass. Both are also no stranger to playing kickass women Chloe is Quake from Agents of Shield and Jessica was a major player in Netflix’s Marvel shows and one of the infamous Sand Snakes from Game Of Thrones.
But Dr Aphra would not be going it alone always by her side is her not so faithful droid companions 0-0-0 and and BT1. These two are everything that C3P0 and R2D2 are not. Both droids not only get along but they are also designed for death and destruction.
For casting BT1 is not really an issue but for 0-0-0, aka Trip I would have to go with none of there than David Tennat. I do not know why but I would just love to hear David Tennant say phrases like this:
“Hello! I’m Triple-Zero and I’m looking forward immensely to torturing you today.
I think his natural accent would serve in start contrast to CSPO, yet still carry a certain polished charm with it. Not only that but we know he has worked with Disney in the past on Both Ducktails and the Neflix Marvel shows.
Finally we have Black Krrsantan, Dr Aphras violent Wookie friend. Unlike Chewbacca this guy will gladly murder you. Nicknamed “Santy” or “BK” by Doctor Aphra, this Wookiee bounty hunter regularly worked for crime lord Jabba the Hutt and was hired by Darth Vader on at least one occasion. Unsure who could play this role but they would need to be huge so perhaps Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson.
The series would also have an openly gay lead because Dr Aphra is and out and proud lesbian. This is something the Disney series are completely lacking, also the fact that your lead is not male would be quite refreshing. I am not trying to be PC here, I just like seeing some variety in the stories that I am being told and I think that this is a wonderful opportunity for Disney and one they cannot afford to miss.
So Disney please, you have the money, can you make this happen?