– by Drew Carlton

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.

To be honest, we originally thought we were going to develop Saw into something much larger, but we couldn’t accommodate it. So he is not in the movie as much as we would like to have him in the movie, which creates the opportunity to explore his character even further in our future development.

Whitaker then remarks:

I’m curious about what else they’re about to do. Because they seem to really like the character, which is great!

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:

He’s a battered war veteran who has fashioned himself as a freedom fighter. But because they need to make sure that they need to win this battle, he starts to take more extreme points of view. So a lot of the other rebel fighters won’t associate with him, and consider Saw as an extremist in the fight against the Empire. All that back story he has — he trained with Anakin Skywalker, Obi-wan Kenobi and Padawan Tano, you know — really blends in beautifully with where we meet him [in Rogue One]. Which is more of a war-torn veteran, suffering and injured from battles and wars.

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.

Source: Slashfilm, Empireonline