Rogue One marked the first time an original character from a Star Wars animated series appeared on the big screen, with Forest Whitaker portraying an older version of Saw Gerrera, a rebel extremist originally introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Although Rogue One may not be getting a sequel, that doesn’t mean Whitaker’s time is up just yet.
Shortly after the film’s release, Entertainment Weekly confirmed that Saw Gerrera would appear in a two-part episode of Star Wars Rebels this season, with Whitaker returning to provide the character’s voice.
With the series taking place several years before the events of Rogue One, executive producer Dave Filoni points out that this version of Gerrera is in much better shape than his cinematic counterpart.
“He’s not quite as beat up as you see him (in Rogue One). I never wanted to go into a lengthy thing about this is how Saw lost his foot. It’s more about his philosophy and who he is and what he thinks about the rebellion — and how they go about resisting the Empire.”
But even with an animated outing to look forward to, Gerrera might still have a larger role to play in the Star Wars universe. In fact, he was originally slated for a more significant role in Rogue One, but as Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy explains to Empire, things didn’t quite work out that way.
“With Saw Gerrera, we just became very intrigued with him as a character [from The Clone Wars] and how he fits inside this story.
“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.”
No telling yet what some of those “future developments” might be, but with more Star Wars spin-off films in the works, perhaps we can expect Saw Gerrera to cross paths with some other notable characters.
In the meantime, Star Wars Rebels fans will want to tune in on Jan. 7 to catch the beginning of Gerrera’s arc with “Ghosts of Geonosis.”
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