Dave Filoni Talks About Forest Whitaker Playing Saw Gerrera in ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’

By June 23, 2016

Yesterday, a new milestone in Star Wars history was announced, when it was revealed that Forest Whitaker would be playing Saw Gerrera in this year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a character that appeared only in The Clone Wars animated series before now. Following rumors of animated characters receiving the live-action treatment in both Rogue One and The Force Awakens over the past few years as well, it was the kind of news that Star Wars fans had been waiting quite a while for, even if they didn’t quite see it coming in this manner.

A freedom fighter in The Clone Wars and an extemist Rebel helping with the Rebel Alliance in Rogue One as well, Gerrera is the newest and one of the biggest examples of how dedicated Disney and Lucasfilm are to keeping their multiple Star Wars properties and mediums connected.

The Clone Wars showrunner and now Rebels showrunner, Dave Filoni, talked to Comicbook.com about the news as well, sharing his thoughts on Gerrera crossing over to the big screen now, a character that he more than anyone else, had the most experience with before Rogue One:

“I have always thought of Star Wars: The Clone Wars as an extension of the Star Wars films, and now, here we are, seeing a character come to life in the flesh on the big screen. I think it’s tremendously exciting, because it’s fulfilling a promise to the fans, that this is one story, and the characters you know and love are throughout it, and influencing the story in many ways. I’m so proud of the Rogue One team, and everyone at Lucasfilm. It’s a great day for Star Wars.”

Gerrera’s inclusion in the film was, for the most part, a complete surprise to fans, after many of the guesses regarding animated series characters making the jump to the big screen had revolved around some of the main players in both Rebels and The Clone Wars for the most part. In a movie entirely about the efforts of the Rebel Alliance and the major turning point in the war against the Empire however, it’s hard to think of a character more fitting of an inclusion in the film than Gerrera. Though that’s easy to say now, I suppose, hindsight being 20/20 and all.

Nonetheless, this is just one of those announcements that the moment you hear it, makes sense, and I can’t think of any other way to put it.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set to hit theatres on December 16th.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable