Samuel L. Jackson became a major star after his stellar performance in Pulp Fiction, and while he’s great at gritty roles, his inner geek is also very strong.
He not only tore it up as Nick Fury in The Avengers, and had a blast hosting Spike TV’s Video Game Awards, but he’s also always been a big Star Wars fan from the beginning.
Part of what appealed to Jackson about Star Wars is how diverse people and creatures are all accepted, as well as the idea "that there’s this whole civilization out there somewhere else that’s just as much fun and different and diverse and wild as we are."
Jackson told Playboy when Lucas called him up to the Skywalker ranch, he told the Star Wars creator, "I don’t care what part you give me. I’ll be a stormtrooper – anything." But it was a fantasy come true when Lucas made Jackson a full-fledged Jedi. "There was a great moment on the set when a guy came over with a bunch of light sabers in a case and said, ‘Pick one.’" While making Episode One, Jackson tried hard to keep his cool, "But I’m also thinking, Wow. I can’t believe I’m here with Yoda."
As The Wrap recently reported, Lucas’s biographer Dale Pollock read the outlines for the three unmade Star Wars stories way back in the day, and he claims they’re great. We won’t know anytime soon if Mace Windu is in any of those remaining stories or not, but again, Jackson’s apparently flexible when it comes to Star Wars.
Jackson said he’d love to come back so the fans would know what happened to Mace Windu, but he’s also open to other ideas. "I can come back as one-armed or a one-handed Jedi that’s still around. I could do that or be a ghost hologram. I don’t care. I just want to stay associated with the franchise."