Entertainment Weekly has just revealed Forest Whitaker’s character in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story! He is playing Saw Gererra from Star Wars: The Clone Wars! I am beyond excited right now about this, Saw was an amazing character and this opens up the door for animated characters to come to the movies.
Here are some new details on him:
“Consider him kind of a battered veteran who leads a band of Rebel extremists,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy tells EW. “He’s on the fringe of the Rebel Alliance. Even [they] are a little concerned about him.”
“The Death Star is the event that sort of pulls everybody into a place of unity, and prior to that it’s a little bit more divided. Who are at the different ends of that spectrum?” says Kiri Hart, Lucasfilm’s head of story development.
It was also a way to incorporate a character created by George Lucas, who has stepped back from Star Wars storytelling after selling Lucasfilm to Disney, but was deeply involved in The Clone Wars series with executive producer Dave Filoni (now overseeing the animated show Star Wars Rebels).
Compare this new look with Whittakers appearance in the teaser trailer.
You may remember that we revealed Whittaker’s character’s code name on set was “Castro” It all makes sense now.
So his code name was Castro who was with Che Guevara who inspired Saw Gerrera. Makes sense now.
— Jason Ward (@MakingStarWars) June 22, 2016