It’s stunning news: Disney has acquired Lucasfilm and will produce new Star Wars films. The cost: $4.05 billion (one can imagine George Lucas throwing on that extra .05 billion just for the hell of it). The move could goose interest in that live-action Star Wars TV series that Lucasfilm has sitting on the shelf (a full season of scripts were written, but the series was considered too expensive for any network). Or the purchase could further postpone a live-action series, since Disney will want to concentrate their firepower on making Episode VII, which is coming in 2015.
The acquisition does raise one potential TV cross-over possibility, though: Disney-owned ABC’s Once Upon a Time has been mining its parent company’s treasure trove of characters, and plans to continue expanding beyond fairy tales. Showrunners Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz are huge Star Wars buffs. Might a character, someday, somehow appear on the show? And which one? Presumably it would have to be a masked or non-human character to maintain continuity with the films, unless they wanted Mark Hamill playing a 60-year-old Luke… Here’s some options: