Fallen Order: Gotham's Cameron Monaghan Plays Star Wars Game's Protagonist

During today's Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, Respawn Entertainment pulled back the curtain on its upcoming action title, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Not only did the studio reveal the game's first trailer, it also revealed that Gotham star Cameron Monaghan would play protagonist Cal Kestis.

Cal, who will be voiced and motion captured by Shameless and Gotham star Cameron Monaghan, escaped Order 66 and resorted to hiding in plain sight to avoid being caught. Monaghan took to the stage to talk about playing the character, calling it a surreal moment.

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According to director Stig Asmussen, he'd missed Monaghan's audition and caught up with the actor's audition, which was in the "other" folder. To him, Monaghan has a "young, Clint Eastwood" personality and believes that he was born to play the game's protagonist. Monaghan was drawn to Cal because of his street smarts and weariness, while also being optimistic and good hearted despite his trauma. "The story felt very human and relatable, and it felt like a story I wanted to relate to as well."

This being his first video game, Monaghan learned the motion capture process was more in depth than he thought, but found it helped him create a better performance. In some ways, he likened it to being kids playing in a sandbox, and he even got to use a lightsaber during the capture acting. And having played the game himself, he described the combat emphatically: "It kicks ass."

Cal will also have a droid named BD-1. "They're equals, and they go on this journey together... You need someone to provide a little bit of light, and that's what BD does," Asmussen revealed. He will be voiced by Ben-Hur, who provided droid vocals in the Star Wars prequel movies.

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The release date for Fallen Order is November 15.

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