*Fair Warning – This is some heavy duty Star Wars Nerd Shit – Proceed with Caution*
During Chapter 2 of The Book of Boba Fett there was a standoff in Mos Espa between Boba and Fennec and The Twins – a brother-sister Hutt tandem who refereed to the most famous Hutt of all, Jabba, as their “cousin”. In a failed attempt to scare Boba, The Twins trotted out some muscle in the form of a badass looking black furred Wookie with some Legion of Doom style spiked shoulder pads and armed with a tank sized Gatling gun.
This is Black Krrsantan.
Black Krrsantan is a previously “comics-only” Star Wars character, a rogue Bounty Hunter (aren’t they all?) who has worked for Jabba, partnered with Boba Fett on jobs and also fought Obi-Wan Kenobi.
In the comics Krrsantan is also partner in crime to the one and only Doctor Aphra, which is the reason why we are all here today.
The log line on Aphra is that if Han Solo and Indiana Jones had a baby she’d be it. Which is basically saying she’s a female Harrison Ford I guess. Anywho, Aphra is a wise ass archeologist with questionable morals – if the question is “Does she have morals?” and the answer being “No.” and she mostly flies around space trying to steal then sell ancient artifacts. She’s funny and smart and easy to root for. And the best part, there is absolutely no way that she could ever be a long lost Skywalker or Jedi (we hope, Disney has screwed that up fairly recently so…) although she is a tad bit obsessed with Darth Vader. Nonetheless Aphra is exactly what an original character should be – interesting, likeable and unburdened by the light years and light years of Star Wars history that hold so much of the characters back.
But back to Book of Boba Fett, having a tantalizing Black Krrsantan cameo could only lead to rampant fan speculation about an eventual Doctor Aphra appearance. The show runners of course know this and we of course are feeding right into it but hey that’s how the Internet works so let’s not waste our time fretting over how we’ve been played by the Powers of Favreau and Filoni and instead just dive in headgear first.
Hi-Top Top 5 Actresses Who Should Play Doctor Aphra
5. Rosario Dawson
Ok fine this one is a throw away cuz she’s already another Star Wars fan favorite Ashoka Tano but damn she would have been a great Aphra so…
5. Hoyeon Jung
Squid Game was obviously a world wide phenomenon and Jung was definitely a major part of why. She played mysterious and dangerous to a tee and that would work quite well as the good Doctor.
Okay here me out on this one. First off, Favreau and Filoni love love love casting “comedians” in random parts on The Mandolorian and Fett. So there’s that. Next, Awk could definitely play the wise cracking smart ass side of Aphra no problem. And as for the action side, if Hollywood can make Henry Winkler into a badass than anyone (and I mean anyone) can play the badass role.
3. Kelsey Asbille
Other than the horses and the mountains, Asbille is easily the best part of Yellowstone. She’s also criminally under used on that show and a role like Aphra could really show what she’s capable of.
2. Lana Condor
Condor is best know for the Netflix teen rom-com series To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before but there’s no doubt she can do action as having previously been in an X-Men movie as Jubilee and her best work as Saya in the dearly departed soon to be cult classic show Deadly Class. Condor would kick major ass as Doctor Aphra, for sure.
1. Daniella Pineda
Pineda just recently wowed as Faye in the live action take on Cowboy Bebop. That series endured IMO a lot of unjust hate and an equally unjust quick cancellation but even the most ardent Bebop anime stan has to admit that Pineda was wonderful as Faye. Aphra and Faye share a ton of character traits – they’re both as quick with a retort as a gun, they both fight dirty, they’re both self reliant and they’re deeply flawed. There’s no reason to think that Pineda wouldn’t be just as perfect as Aphra as she was as Faye.
That’s it. That’s the list. Facts is facts and the fact is any of these
6 5 wonderful actresses would absolutely slay as the kick ass Doctor Aphra. So listen up Disney, make it happen! You know you want to.