Forest Whitaker Brings Saw Gerrera to Star Wars Rebels
Not only is Rogue One character Saw Gerrera coming to Star Wars Rebels this season, but he’ll be voiced by Forest Whitaker, reprising his role from the new Star Wars movie.
EW revealed the new details on Saw’s appearance, on the heels of the character’s Rebels debut being leaked early thanks to a poster seen at Toys R Us (see the original story below). Rebels is set a few years before Rogue One, and Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni explained to EW that with Saw, “He’s not quite as beat up as you see him [in Rogue One]. I never wanted to go into a lengthy thing about this is how Saw lost his foot. It’s more about his philosophy and who he is and what he thinks about the Rebellion — and how they go about resisting the Empire.”
Check out a look at Saw’s appearance in Rebels, including new footage, and behind-the-scenes info, in the new video below:
Saw will appear in a two-part/double-length episode airing January 7th, “Ghosts of Geonosis,” that Filoni conceived along with Lucasfilm story group chief Kiri Hart and Rogue One director Gareth Edwards.
That title is notable, because it’s been established in other Star Wars canon stories that the Death Star was initially assembled above Geonosis – in fact, the Rebels: Season 2 episode “The Honorable Ones” had the Ghost crew investigating a report that the Empire was working on a dangerous mystery project there, only to arrive after the Battle Station had been moved.
While Saw doesn’t know about the Death Star specifically, Filoni notes, “Saw really has this feeling that there are things at work, and if [the Rebels] don’t get active, there’ll be no stopping it.”
While many fans are seeing Saw for the first time in Rogue One, it was Filoni and George Lucas who first introduced the character for Star Wars: The Clone Wars several years ago. This Rebels storyline will give Filoni the opportunity to show more of how Saw became the somewhat mentally unhinged extremist we see in Rogue One.
Said Filoni to EW, “Forest really wanted to know a lot about the character. He watched The Clone Wars episodes with his character and I had some detail for him about things George [Lucas] and I discussed. It gave him more time to develop the character as far as, ‘How did he get there?’”