Earlier today, fans got their first look at te latest Entertainment Weekly cover featuring the stars of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, along with new photos and character details. One of these photos offered a new look at Forest Whitaker's character, with his identity set to be uncovered later today. As it turns out, there's a good reason this character was revealed separately, because Forest Whitaker is playing none other than Star Wars: The Clone Wars character Saw Gerrera.
Entertainment Weekly reveals that Saw Gerrera was first seen in Season 5 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars as a young man using guerilla army tactics against the Separatists' droid army that overtook his planet. Both Saw and his sister Steela fought alongside Annakin Skywalker in a 2012 episode, and the siblings were also part of a group who were trained by Anakin, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Ahsoka Tano. EW spoke with producer Kathleen Kennedy, who teased that Saw Gerrera goes to such extremes, that even the Rebels themselves are worried about him.
"Consider him kind of a battered veteran who leads a band of Rebel extremists. He's on the fringe of the Rebel Alliance. Even [they] are a little concerned about him."
Saw Gerrera was actually created by George Lucas, who had planned to use him in a live action TV series that never got off the ground, before he was introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Producer John Knoll reportedly came up with the idea that the Death Star was what pulled together random factions of the Rebel Alliance and bonded them together. Here's what Kiri Hart, LucasFilm's head of story development, had to say about the Death Star.
"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?"
Another member of the LucasFilm story group, Pablo Hidalgo, revealed more details about Saw Gerrera on The Star Wars Show earlier today, which you can check out in the video player below. It isn't known when we may see the next footage, but we'll keep you posted as soon as new footage or details surface. In the meantime, take a look at the new episode of The Star Wars Show below.