We already know that Forest Whitaker returns to his “Rogue One” role as Saw Gerrera for the Jan. 7 episode of “Star Wars Rebels.” However, it runs out the two-part story may not be the last fans see of the freedom fighter.
In a sprawling article about the making of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy reveals the filmmakers originally intended a larger role for the character, and may have plans for him still.
“With Saw Gerrera, we just became very intrigued with him as a character [from ‘The Clone Wars’] and how he fits inside this story,” she told Empire. “[…] To be honest, we originally thought we were going to develop Saw into something much larger, but we couldn’t accommodate it. So he is not in the movie as much as we would like to have him in the movie, which creates the opportunity to explore his character even further in our future development.”
“I’m curious about what else they’re about to do,” Whitaker added. “Because they seem to really like the character, which is great!”
Gerrera debuted in the “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” 2012 episode “A War on Two Fronts,” where he was a leader of the Onderon rebels in the fight against the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Originally voiced by Andrew Kishino, the character’s arc played out over the subsequent three Season Five episodes. In “Rogue One,” Whitaker’s Gerrera is the leader of an extremist faction of the Rebel Alliance on Jedha, and serves as mentor and surrogate father to Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso.
Dubbed by producers as “the original Rebel,” Gerrera will appear again in “Star Wars Rebels: Ghosts of Geonosis, Parts One and Two,” which is intended to create a connection between the animated series and “Rogue One.”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is in theaters now. “Star Wars Rebels” returns Saturday, Jan. 7, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Disney XD.
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