Saw Gerrera will return to Star Wars, this time on the small screen when he appears in Star Wars Rebels. Oh and he will be portrayed by Rogue One's Forrest Whitaker...
One of the highlights for me in Rogue One, was the character of Saw Gerrera, portrayed by actor Forest Whitaker. I only barely remember the character from The Clone Wars TV show, so the Rogue One version is my Saw Gerrera. And even though many people have criticised the choices Forest made in the role, it worked for me. Well, now I will get to explore that character further when he appears in Star Wars Rebels. Check out a clip of Saw in Rebels below...
EW's Anthony Breznican, covered the return of Saw here, where he reveals that Dave Filoni devised the return of Saw with the help of the story group's Kiri Hart and Rogue One director, Gareth Edwards. Anthony refers to the appearance of Saw as "one of the major cross overs between the TV series and the new film". I wonder if we might, at some point get to see the Ghost make its way to Yavin IV on the small screen?
Anthony also places this season of Star Wars Rebels as "several years" before Rogue One. I was under the impression we were something like two years out from Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope in this latest season, but I guess several gives them some time to play with.
In case you're not aware Saw was trained to be an insurgent by Anakin Skywalker during the events of the Clone Wars TV show. By the time we meet Saw again in Rogue One, he and Anakin, now Darth Vader, share more than a few similar characteristics, both are more machine than man. But both have also lost much of what they held dear in the pursuit of their dream. I wonder how much of this transition will play out onscreen in Star Wars Rebels, and indeed if Vader and Saw will share any screen time.
It would appear from what Dave Filoni says in the clip that Saw is close to discovering the nature of the Empire's secret Death Star project, before Galen has a chance to sneak out a holo message with Bodhi Rook.
The episode is called Ghosts of Geonosis, and it airs of Disney XD on 7th January 2017.
Don't miss the Talk Star Wars podcast this Thursday when we sit down with Anthony Breznican to chat about Rogue One and the future of Star Wars.
Thank you for reading,