Rahm Kota from the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed series of video games almost made an appearance in 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The news comes from filmmaker Marcos Cabota on the Spanish-language podcast La Fosa del Rancor, who recounted a story about a friend who auditioned for Rogue One. According to Cabota, the script had a part for a blind Force user named Rahm Kota. Cabota explained:
…they were talking about a Jedi, who then did not appear in the movie but did appear somehow… Rham Kota was in Rogue One, I can tell you, he was a blind Jedi. And what do we find in Rogue One? A blind user of the Force… In the script we had from Rogue One, before becoming Rogue One, it was Rahm Kota.
In The Force Unleashed, Kota is a Jedi Master who survived Order 66. Although he is blinded in a battle with Galen Marek, also known as Starkiller, Kota eventually helps train the young apprentice. Although Kota is not present in the final film, Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen) plays a similar role as a blind warrior with a strong belief in the Force. It’s also entirely possible that Kota’s name could have just been a placeholder for the similar Chirrut all along.
Kota isn’t the first character from The Force Unleashed to almost make an appearance in an in-canon Star Wars property as Starkiller almost appeared on the animated series Rebels.
Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm rendered much of the franchise’s mythos outside of canon. However, the company has re-introduced some old characters to the franchise. Grand Admiral Thrawn, for example, returned to the galaxy far, far away in the third season of the animated series Rebels.
Directed by Gareth Edwards from a script by Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. The movie is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.
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