What The New ‘Star Wars’ Movies Need: Sharad Hett

By Ryan Rigley

Just because Disney refuses to confirm any of the previous “Star Wars VII” casting rumors, doesn’t mean that the rumors will stop. Last week, Latino Review, the site that broke the news of Benedict Cumberbatch appearing in all three of the new “Star Wars” films, made mention of actress Saoirse Ronan (“Hanna,” “The Host”) reading for a still unknown role in “Star Wars VII.”

Obviously, reading for a role and being in final talks for a role is a completely different story altogether. However, we here at MTV News hope that Ronan will land the part whatever that mysterious role may be. On that note, let’s take a look at another “Star Wars” Expanded Universe character that could potentially pop up in the new “Star Wars” trilogy: Sharad Hett, the Jedi Knight turned Tusken Raider warlord.

Born on an unknown planet located in the Outer Rim, Sharad Hett was given to the Jedi Order when he was just an infant. After being inducted into the Jedi Academy at the Coruscant Jedi Temple, he would later go on to become the Padawan of a Jedi Master known as Eeth Koth. Eventually, Sharad’s status as a Jedi Knight would go on to surpass that of his own master.

While Sharad became a skilled Jedi, his yearning to be with his family back on his homeworld grew exponentially resulting in Sharad’s resignation in order to be reunited with them for good. However, much to Sharad’s dismay, upon his arrival he discovers that his entire family has been murdered by a group of his most notorious enemies. With that, Sharad exiles himself to the deserts of Tatooine and becomes the warlord of a tribe of Tusken Raiders.

Prior to the events of the Clone Wars, Sharad Hett was a famed Jedi Knight known throughout the galaxy. After his self-appointed exile, he goes on to become an essential part of the Tusken Raider faction going so far as to lead them to victory in a war between the Raiders and the Hutts of Tatooine. Not to mention the fact that he’s the father of one of the most infamous Sith Lords of the New Sith Order, Darth Krayt.

Since Sharad Hett existed primarily before the events of the Clone Wars, perhaps we could get a glimpse of him in either the “Yoda” or “Han Solo” spinoff films that take place before Episodes I – III. That way, it would make complete sense when we saw footage of a lightsaber-wielding Tusken Raider in “Star Wars VII” before we are introduced to Darth Krayt, the antagonist of the new “Star Wars” trilogy.