- "This party's over."
- ―Mace Windu, to Count Dooku[src]
Mace Windu (portrayed primarily by Samuel L. Jackson) is a supporting character in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and the television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The character is famous for being the only Jedi in the Star Wars films to have a purple lightsaber; all other Jedi use either blue or green lightsabers, while Sith use red. The purple lightsaber was used at Jackson's request, as he wanted Windu to have something unique from other Jedi.
The character is first introduced as a member of the Jedi Council when Qui-Gon Jinn presents Anakin Skywalker and professes his belief that Anakin is the Chosen One. Windu aides in testing Anakin for potential Jedi training, and initially rejects Anakin—but the Council agrees to let Obi-Wan Kenobi train the boy after Qui-Gon is killed by Darth Maul. Ten years later, Mace leads a battalion of Jedi to rescue Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Senator Padmé Amidala, who are being held captive by anti-Republic Separatists. The rescue mission sparks the first battle of the Clone Wars, which Windu serves in as a general for the next three years. After Anakin discovers that Supreme Chancellor Palpatine is the Dark Lord of the Sith, Windu and a group of Jedi confront the Chancellor. The other Jedi are quickly killed, leading to a duel between Windu and Palpatine. Before Windu was able to strike a killing blow, he was attacked by Anakin—who had turned to the dark side—and killed by Palpatine.
Involvement in upcoming projects
Jackson's desire to return
While appearing on The Graham Norton Show in June 2013, Samuel L. Jackson said he would like to reprise his role as Mace Windu for Star Wars Episode VII. Jackson noted that, although his character died in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, the science fiction and fantasy setting could lend itself to the character having survived. In July 2013, at San Diego Comic-Con 2013, Jackson said that he spke to Episode VII director J.J. Abrams and Han Solo actor Harrison Ford about wanting to return for the film. In telling the story, Jackson said he thinks "it would be cool to have some of us that people relate to as being part of the Star Wars franchise to give entire to the new characters that they're going to bring to whatever the new thing is. It kind of makes it an easier entrance." So far, Jackson has not been asked to return. Cosmic Book News has reported a rumor, however, saying that a holographic image of Mace Windu could appear in the new Jedi Temple.
Official canon appearances
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (First canon appearance)
- Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
- Jedi of the Republic: Mace Windu
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith