Forest Whitaker’s ‘Rogue One’ Character Is A Fan-Favorite From ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’

Disney and LucasFilm haven’t been all that forthcoming with details concerning the first Star Wars spin-off movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. That changed today with the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly. Rogue One doesn’t hit theaters until December, but we’re already getting to know the characters, both — and surprisingly — .

Check out the trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story:

For a while now, we’ve known that Forest Whitaker will be playing a role in the film. Part of EW’s story revealed that he will be playing a character from the Star Wars animated TV show, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Whitaker’s Rogue One character is .

Who Is Saw Gerrera?

Saw and his sister Steela, were two of the main characters of the first arc of Season 5. Over four episodes, we saw these two enlist the help of the Jedi — specifically Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Ahsoka Tano — to free their planet from the Separatists. Many may remember the episodes solely because of the love triangle between Steela, Lux Bonteri, and Ahsoka. However, Saw made an impression on viewers because of his persistence and drive.

My main memory of Saw isn’t necessarily a good one. During the third episode of the arc, the reigning king of Saw’s home planet, Onderon, plans to kill his predecessor whom he usurped for control of the planet. Steela proposes a reasonable plan to free the prior king at his execution but Saw doesn’t agree. He believes they need to infiltrate the prison and break the ex-king free. The entire team disagrees. Saw doesn’t care and heads out to the prison.

Unbeknownst to Saw, he’s entered the trap he feared would be set during the execution. He becomes a prisoner and is tortured in an attempt to learn where his comrades are hiding. He withholds the information and insults Onderon’s general, telling him it’s his fault that the Separatists have taken the planet. Saw is then taken to view the execution.

At the execution, the rebels intend to free Saw and the ex-king but are thwarted by the Separatists. Ahsoka begins to press forward and seems to be preparing to strike, however, the general beats her to the punch. He frees Saw and the ex-king and they all flee to the mountains.

Image Credits: Lucasfilm

Image Credits: Lucasfilm

What This Means for Saw Gerrera in Rogue One

Saw was willing to risk everything he and his team had fought for to free the imprisoned king. Though he cares for his friends and family, his rebellious attitude is strong enough to outweigh his sentimentality. This makes him dangerously impulsive.

Saw also believed his plan was the correct one despite the view of everyone else. His pride moved him to follow his own path instead of trusting his allies. Because of his inability to give in and show humility, he was imprisoned and nearly executed. He’s very clearly rebellious; when Saw wanted his planet freed, he got up and made it happen. He was ready to fight whoever — and whatever — got in his way. Saw’s rebellious attitude is part of what kept his friends going in the darkest of times. He kept the embers of discontent burning within them.

Lastly, he inspires loyalty. Saw helped convince the Jedi to help the rebels. He even convinced the general to take his men and turn against the crown. Saw is able to help people overcome their fear of others. He made the perfect rebel leader because of his ability to draw people into the cause.

Because of all of this, Saw is the perfect character to feature in Rogue One. Like Jyn Erso says in the trailer, he too rebels. He will most likely be a Hulk-like character; not in strength but in purpose. The Rebellion’s leaders will have to decide if unleashing the hero is worth bringing forth the consequences.

Considering how the Onderon arc ends in The Clone Wars, Saw may be entirely reckless and constantly looking for vengeance and fights when we catch up with him 25 years later in Rogue One. On the other hand, the consequences of the rebellion on Onderon may have made him wary of fighting and rebelling altogether.

Saw and Steela. Image Credit: Lucasfilm
Saw and Steela. Image Credit: Lucasfilm

I can’t truthfully say what Saw will be like in Rogue One. We do know his past though, and we know what he’s been through. Hopefully Rogue One will address what happened to Saw all of those years ago and the toll it took on him.

Either way, we’re all happy to have Saw back in the Star Wars Universe. You can check out Saw in Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Season 5, which is available in it’s entirety on Netflix. Saw’s film debut in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters in December 16.

What are your thoughts on Saw being in Rogue One? Let me know in the comments!

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