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Bringing Animated Star Wars Characters to Live Action ‘Not the Strategy,’ Kennedy Says

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Bringing Animated Star Wars Characters to Live Action ‘Not the Strategy,’ Kennedy Says

In “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Forest Whitaker plays Saw Gerrera, a character first seen in the “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” animated series, which ran from 2008 to 2014. It’s the first time in Star Wars history a character from an animated series has been introduced in live action — unless you want to count Boba Fett, who first appeared in an animated short aired as part of 1978’s infamous “Star Wars Holiday Special” — but it doesn’t sound like fans should necessarily expect this to be a pattern going forward.

During the “Rogue One” press conference Sunday at Lucasfilm’s San Francisco headquarters, attended by outlets including CBR, president of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy was asked if there were plans for more animated series characters to make the jump to live action. Kennedy didn’t rule it out happening again in the future, but said it’s not a specific goal, as that’s not how Lucasfilm approaches developing its Star Wars films.

“We don’t sit down and start isolating a list of characters and then build story around those,” Kennedy said. “We really are starting with the stories themselves. If some of those characters might come in to what it is we want to do or say, we’ll consider it then, but that’s not part of the strategy, no.”

Given Disney and Lucasfilm’s stated plans to keep releasing standalone Star Wars films set at different points in the franchise’s chronology, and the amount of non-film Star Wars stories being told between novels, current animated series “Star Wars Rebels,” Marvel’s comic books and video games, there are certainly a lot of existing characters that future live-action movies could incorporate — and a good amount of places they could theoretically appear.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is scheduled for release on Dec. 16.

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