Jar Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best returns to Star Wars as a Jedi in The Mandalorian

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Ahmed Best returns to Star Wars

Jar Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best returns to Star Wars as a Jedi in the Mandalorian

Mesa was so excited that Jar Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best has returned to the Star Wars universe once again via The Mandalorian. Demanded by the Gods it was! John Favreau and Dave Filoni have made cannon Jedi Kelleran Beq who appears on Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge. This is not the first time Favreau and Filoni have elevated deep-cut Star Wars references, but in doing so, it offered the much-maligned Ahmed Best an opportunity for redemption.

Best was the target of some of the worst aspects of Star Wars fandom when his character Jar Jar Binks was scorned and loathed almost universally by fans, many of whom resorted to vile attacks on the actor himself. While Jar Jar Binks was slowly written out of the prequel trilogy, the pain, and polarization has stuck around for decades.

Best was given another opportunity with Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge, an online children’s game show where he helps younglings traverse an obstacle course. Best also appeared as Achk Med-Beq in Attack of the Clones during the bar chase scene featuring Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. His return as Jedi Kelleran Beq elevates Ahmed Best back to his rightful place in the Star Wars universe. Fans took to social media to praise the redemption of the actor. Many kids grew up with fond memories of Jar Jar Binks, and so too has Ahmed Best.

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****Spoiler Alert****

During the latest episode, “Chapter 20: The Foundling” of The Mandalorian Jedi Kelleran Beq saves Baby Grogu from Order 66 when the clones massacred all of the Jedi at the temple. We can now cease the endless speculation surrounding Mace Windu, Jocasta Nu, or even R2D2 as potential saviors of the Baby Jedi.

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Kelleran Beq boards a Naboo cruiser and spirits Grogu away to places unknown, but given the abrupt end of the rescue, we may see Ahmed Best again in more flashbacks in the near future. What were your thoughts on Ahmed Best returning to the Star Wars Universe? Did you make the connection of who he was? Let us know your thoughts in a comment.


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