Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been out for two weeks now, and when it was first released I was highly critical of it, but having seen it a few times now I will admit that I am warming up to it. There are two characters in the film that I really like; Chirrut ÃŽmwe (Donnie Yen) the lightning-quick blind monk and Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) the “more man than machine” terrorist that played an important role in the film. It seems we may get to see more of one of these enigmatic characters. In an Empireonline group history interview, LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy teases the future of Saw Gerrera.
Whitaker then remarks:
It is also clear that Whitaker, a long-time thespian, has detailed knowledge of both the character and the Star Wars universe in general, as he describes Gerrera:
Saw Gerrera has already appeared in the Star Wars: Catalyst novel, in a minor but important role, and he was referenced in Star Wars: Bloodlines. He is part of The Clone Wars and he will also make an appearance on Star Wars Rebels next year, with Whitaker reprising the role.
Gerrera is a controversial character to begin with, as this is the first time in a Star Wars film that a protagonist is much more of an anti-hero using guerilla tactics, and fans had mixed reactions over this and Whitaker’s performance in general. I, for one, enjoyed his high-pitch scratchy voice and his authenticate appearance that was assembled straight from Star Wars lore.
Did you guys like the character or Whitaker’s portrayal of him? Would you be excited to see more of him in other standalone Star Wars movies? Let us know.