Clone Wars Character In “Rogue One”

I hate linking to EW for anything but it has the exclusive info on who Forest Whitaker is playing in the movie.

I realize for some people this constitutes a spoiler but to me, if it’s officially-released info, it’s not really a spoiler.  There’s character info on everybody else in the film that was issued today as well.

So if you haven’t clicked yet and stuck with this post thus far, the character is Saw Gerrera, last seen on The Clone Wars back in 2012.  He and his sister were insurgents being trained on Onderon by Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Ahsoka.  As you may recall, Saw’s sister kind of had a thing with Lux Bonteri, who had joined the insurgency, until she fell off a cliff and Ahsoka couldn’t save her.  It’ll be interesting to see how Gerrera’s experience of being bitten in the butt by one insurgency would affect his being a part of another some years later.

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15 Responses to “Clone Wars Character In “Rogue One””

  1. Eduardo Jencarelli Says:

    Amazing! Earlier this year, I happened to watch for the first time the Insurgent arc from the 5th season through the Blu-Ray set. I definitely connected with Guerrera and the resistance characters. He was rash and irresponsible, but his heart was in the right place, and he truly loved his sister and comrades. Her death was one of the show’s nastier and sadder moments.

    I hope to see how that informs the Rogue One iteration of the character. Nice of them to acknowledge events and characters of The Clone Wars animation. Between that and having Episode III’s Genevieve O’Reilly reprise the role of Mon Mothma, it’s good to see they’re building a proper cinematic universe with room for inclusion of every relevant element in the saga. This is why Lucasfilm needs people like Pablo Hidalgo, John Knoll and Dave Filoni. People who have worked with Lucas and treat his work with the proper respect.

    I don’t know what Whitaker’s preparation methods are as an actor, but I like to think he got to watch those episodes as reference, or at least read their scripts.

  2. piccolojr1138 Says:

    Cool news !

    Pablo Hidalgo says that George Lucas originally created Saw Gerrera for the live action series :

    • lazypadawan Says:

      That was really interesting to find out. Apparently a lot of things created for the live action series ended up in Clone Wars.

      Plus, Kallus mentioned him on “Rebels.”

  3. Keith Palmer Says:

    I’m afraid I basically trailed off rewatching Clone Wars on disc after the series ended, so I’m having a hard time remembering these episodes so as to have this news mean something to me; still, it’s at least some motivation to get around to that again. I suppose I am wondering whether this will “fly by” those who haven’t watched the show, though, or whether they’ll have the sense of having “missed something”… it’s almost a needle to be threaded. Maybe I suffer from an atypical fatigue when it comes to these sorts of elaborate connections among the parts of a sprawling story.

  4. lovelucas Says:

    I may be alone or at the minimum lonely in my anticipation of Rogue – I think Mads will be wonderful (he is in everything I’ve seen him in) and Felicity Jones is sooooooooo proven. I still refuse to see TFA but I WILL contribute to the box office of Rogue.

    • lazypadawan Says:

      Today’s news definitely got my attention. It seems like this movie is making an effort to fully utilize the mythology at its disposal.

      • Hunk a Junk Says:

        Which is surprising given PT-hater Gary “F— George Lucas” Witta’s involvement.

      • lazypadawan Says:

        Honestly, I don’t think they used Whitta’s screenplay at all. My gut (though I could be proven wrong) says he wrote a totally different spinoff film, Lucasfilm didn’t think it would work, and so it went with a new story from John Knoll, with apparently tons of input from the story group. I like that they used a guy whose story was supposed to be in the live action show and for that reason was introduced on Clone Wars. Maybe they’ll get around to a spinoff movie about Palpatine based on the script revealed recently by the writer of the “God of War” game.

        There are things a little concerning about the film, like the number of screenwriters involved and this stuff about extensive reshoots. But on the other hand, there are those saying it’s not a big deal just standard operating procedure. We’ll find out in about six months.

      • Keith Palmer Says:

        I’d been troublingly detached from Rogue One myself starting with that, and its trailer might not have helped. However, I’d at least heard comments about the movie being handed from person to person, and maybe that had something to do with this…

      • Hunk a Junk Says:

        Whitta is still credited along with Knoll for the story. Chris Weitz (also on record as a PT hater) rewrote Whitta’s script, so Whitta’s work wasn’t entirely tossed aside. He’ll still earn big fat residual checks for working in the universe George Lucas created.

      • lazypadawan Says:

        A lot of that stuff is contractual. *Shrug.*

  5. Kelly M Says:

    I was already excited for Rogue One but after yesterday’s reveal that Saw Gerrera’s made the jump from animation into a live-action film…well, my hype for this film is now off the charts. Looking forward to seeing Whitaker’s take on the character. 🙂

    Maybe this will pave the way for other Clone Wars or Rebels characters to be brought into future anthology films. Throw Cad Bane, Hondo Ohnaka, and Embo into that Han Solo spin-off and I might be tempted to go see that one… ^_^

  6. Edward Diego Says:

    Well, that’s another proof that Disney has no plans to exclude Prequel Era material. I’m really looking forward to Rogue One.

  7. Hoggle Says:

    I think Rogue One will probably be a pretty decent standalone film, something similar to what might have been done to way back in the day when GL’s idea was for other directors to Star Wars films to see what they can do while he sort of has over view in managing the main saga, abit like what happened with the tESB & RotJ.

    Seems to me will be abit like the standalone Clone Wars series 1 & 2 that was done between AoTCs & RotS, expanded universe but live action.

    My idiosyncratic pick for such a live action film between RotS & ANH, wouldn’t be a botham spy background to death star story, or a Han Solo story, or an Obi story. It would be Quinlon Vos movie to go with the Quinlon Vos & Clone Wars dark horse grap[hic novel series, with the story by John Ostrander. Not that the conclusion in those wasn’t suitably done, but that it would all the same be quite cool having a live action movie to tack onto and go with those dark horse graphic novels & characters not shown as dying at end of RotS.

    As a further idiosyncratic aside, i had thought of a fan fic story in the time period to go with my fan fic sequel trilogy stuff of a Han & Leia story relating to the botham spies, of a Han smuggling job & Leia intrigue in the senate overlapping and hearing or each other’s exploits and roles, but never knowing the identity of each other in what they hear; along with Han being overshadowed by Leia’s Ka (eygptian type of doppleganger) which is part of what he is talking about in ANH when saying he’s flown from one side of the galaxy to another and seen a lot of weird things happen…haha 🎭

  8. andywylde77 Says:

    This is pretty cool news. I am still annoyed that they decided not to use Kyle Katarn for this film.I mean this character has well earned his place for a movie spot. He is hands down one of the greatest characters in the entire SW universe!

    I believe his character should have been the main protagonist of this film.

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