"When reporters asked me, 'Are there any directors you want to work with that you haven't worked with before,' I would say, 'George Lucas is about to do the Star Wars thing, I'd really love to work with him.' And I said that often enough that somebody heard it and told him. I got invited to the Ranch to see if I was serious about that. Yeah, sure! You can make me a stormtrooper if you want, I don't care—as long as I know I'm in the movie, I don't care if anybody else knows or not."
―Samuel L. Jackson[src]

Samuel L. Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an American actor who portrayed Jedi Master Mace Windu in the prequel trilogy. He later voiced his character in The Clone Wars film and the video game LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars.


Jackson was offered the role of Windu after he announced on a radio program that he was a fan of the films.[1] Prior to the release of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, Jackson stated in an interview that his death scene would not have him "going out like a punk."[2]

Before the filming of the First Battle of Geonosis began, Jackson asked director George Lucas what colors there were for lightsabers. Lucas told him "good guys are green and blue, bad guys are red." When Jackson inquired as to whether purple was a possibility, Lucas only answered: "You might get purple." Mace Windu became the first Jedi depicted in a Star Wars movie to have a lightsaber that was not red, blue, or green.[3]

When asked about appearing in Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, Jackson commented that he had not been contacted, and that he was busy with a number of other roles. He stated, however, that "it would have been interesting," and that he had high hopes for the new movies.[4]


Year Title Series Contribution(s)
1999 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace Mace Windu
2002 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones Mace Windu
2005 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith Mace Windu
2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Mace Windu
2019 "Jedi vs. Sith - The Skywalker Saga" Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures Mace Windu
2019 Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker Mace Windu
2020 "Shattered" Star Wars: The Clone Wars Mace Windu


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