What ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Needs: Wicket

By Ryan Rigley

As if one movie franchise wasn’t enough, last week, Daniel Radcliffe threw his proverbial sorting hat into the ring for the new “Star Wars” trilogy. “Franchise mustn’t become a dirty word,” the former “Harry Potter” star proclaimed. “If directors like J. J. Abrams and Joss Whedon keep doing what they’re doing, it won’t be. I’d love to be part of one again. Maybe not leading it: a nice supporting role. In Star Wars? Yeah, that’d be awesome.”

You know what else would be awesome? J. J. Abrams sticking some of those memorable minor characters from the original “Star Wars” trilogy into “Episode VII.” Take Wicket Warrick for instance, who played an instrumental part of the Alliance’s efforts during the Battle of Endor at the end of “Return of the Jedi.”

Born and raised in the Bright Tree Village on the forest moon of Endor, Wicket Wystri Warrick is the great grandson of famed Ewok warrior Erpham Warrick. He has two brothers, Weechee and Willy, and has developed very close friendships with Teeboo (apprentice of the Ewok sorcerer Logray) and Princess Kneesaa throughout the course of his life.

Wicket is perhaps best remembered for his keen sense of adventure and bravery, which served him best during the galaxy-changing Battle of Endor. With the help of Wicket and his Ewok brethren, the Rebel Alliance was able to destroy the Empire’s secret shield generator and blow up the second Death Star.

Despite his small stature, Wicket is one of the few Ewoks on Endor capable of wielding the mysterious powers of the Force. Whilst studying, for a brief time, under Logray (the Ewok Shaman and medicine man), Wicket demonstrates his prowess with the Force as a result of being able to utilize Logray’s Staff of Power. He is also one of the only Ewoks able to see and communicate with Force ghosts, specifically that of his great grandfather Erpham.

A time after their victory during the Battle of Endor, Wicket is elected the new Chief of Bright Tree Village; alongside his long-time friend and wife Princess Kneesaa. That being said, if Luke Skywalker and company were to travel at all to Endor during the next “Star Wars”
trilogy, it’d make perfect sense if they were greeted by their old friend (and now Chief) Wicket Warrick. Either that, or Wicket could be seen at the new Jedi temple training to become the galaxy’s first Ewok Jedi.