Mace Windu may have fallen to his death after getting a face full of Force lighting in "Star Wars: Episode III," but if Samuel L. Jackson has anything to do with it, the Jedi will fight again some day.

One of the many surprises from the 40th anniversary panel at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida Thursday was a special video greeting for the fans from Jackson himself.

"I just wanna say it's been a real honor and privilege for being a part of the 'Star Wars' community," he initially told the fans, though he admittedly was only in "three Episodes."

Then he delivered his pitch: "Apparently, I am not dead," he said, reasoning that many Jedi before him have survived worse fates than Windu. "We know the long and rich history of 'Star Wars' characters reappearing."

He added, "Mace Windu is awaiting his return. Let's make it happen."
George Lucas was one of the first surprise guests at the panel. But, while he was there to hear Jackson's pitch, he's no longer involved with the galaxy far, far away. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, however, was present, as she emerged on stage to introduce Lucas to the crowd before moving backstage. In fact, from the video screen, Jackson implored Kennedy to contact him and "make it happen."

With so many "Star Wars" films in development, perhaps there is room on Lucasfilm's slate for Windu's return. I mean, if they can bring back Darth Maul, who got cut in half, surely there's hope for everyone's favorite wielder of the purple lightsaber.

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