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Kathleen Kennedy says that we may see more of Saw Gerrera in future projects

12.28.2016

As of today, ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY has been playing in theaters for close to 2 weeks and has raked in over $600 million worldwide. The film introduced a legion of new characters to the Star Wars universe and proved that Lucasfilm would be able to make these spinoffs work. ROGUE ONE didn't get there without having to jump a few hurdles however, and the various reshoots and restructuring meant that the paths of certain characters were altered, including Forest Whitaker's Saw Gerrera.

While speaking with Empire, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confesses that they "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." As this interview was given before it was announced that Forest Whitaker would be reprising his role on Star Wars Rebels for a two-part episode, it's possible that this was the "future development" Kennedy was speaking of, but with the Star Wars spinoff movies free to explore any period of Star Wars history, it's not completely out of the realm of possibility that we may see Saw Gerrera pop up in one of those.

As for Forest Whitaker, he certainly sounds game for whatever Lucasfilm has planned for Saw Gerrera.

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

Although I'm quite the fan of Whitaker, I'm aware that his take on Saw Gerrera in ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY hasn't exactly been met with universal praise, still, the character is intriguing enough that I'd be perfectly fine seeing him pop up again beyond Star Wars Rebels, in whatever form that may take.

What do you folks think? Are you up to seeing more of Saw Gerrera or would you be glad to hear the last of Forest Whitaker's heavy breathing?

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY is currently playing in theaters, so make sure to check out reviews from our own Chris Bumbray and Eric Walkuski.

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Source: Empire

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4:29PM on 12/29/2016

Whittaker took me out of the movie

Normally i like him but something was very of with his performance. Especially the scene with the dramatic music (with the pilot i believe)
Normally i like him but something was very of with his performance. Especially the scene with the dramatic music (with the pilot i believe)
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9:53AM on 12/29/2016
This is honestly the only place I've heard anyone complain about Forrest Whitaker in the role; I had no problem at all with how he played Saw, and thought the movie had just the right amount of him without it being overdone. Looking forward to seeing more of him in Rebels. I feel like when we see him in Rogue One, it's simply the culmination of everything he's been through.
This is honestly the only place I've heard anyone complain about Forrest Whitaker in the role; I had no problem at all with how he played Saw, and thought the movie had just the right amount of him without it being overdone. Looking forward to seeing more of him in Rebels. I feel like when we see him in Rogue One, it's simply the culmination of everything he's been through.
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4:52AM on 12/29/2016

Ugh.

If we're gonna focus on characters from Rogue One, let's have something on Chirut and Baze, I loved those two. Saw would have been fine, except Whitaker completely ruined that role by overdoing it and turning the cheese up to 11. And I respect his work, but this isn't the first movie he's done this to either. So no thanks.
If we're gonna focus on characters from Rogue One, let's have something on Chirut and Baze, I loved those two. Saw would have been fine, except Whitaker completely ruined that role by overdoing it and turning the cheese up to 11. And I respect his work, but this isn't the first movie he's done this to either. So no thanks.
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10:59PM on 12/28/2016

Debbie Reynolds died today.....

And the holiday just keeps getting shittier. . . .

Oh yeah, and I don't need to rehash the characters from Rogue One in a spin-off spin-off. It was an outstanding movie and should be left alone. Plenty of other stories to tell.
And the holiday just keeps getting shittier. . . .

Oh yeah, and I don't need to rehash the characters from Rogue One in a spin-off spin-off. It was an outstanding movie and should be left alone. Plenty of other stories to tell.
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9:14PM on 12/28/2016
The characters is great in the animated series he has been in. But Whitaker's take on him in Rogue One was easily the weakest point of the movie. He could have been excised 100% and the story would have been no different. So I'm afraid they already blew it with him on the big screen.
The characters is great in the animated series he has been in. But Whitaker's take on him in Rogue One was easily the weakest point of the movie. He could have been excised 100% and the story would have been no different. So I'm afraid they already blew it with him on the big screen.
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11:21PM on 12/28/2016
His character was very important. It was him who raised Jyn when her father was captured, and he was the one who received the message from Galen. It was because of Jyn's connection to Saw that she was sent with Cassian to talk with him, which means he was the catalyst to her involvement with the rebellion, making him necessary to move the story forward. In order to accomplish this without Saw, they would have had to create a new motivation for her to join the rebellion, and also establish a
His character was very important. It was him who raised Jyn when her father was captured, and he was the one who received the message from Galen. It was because of Jyn's connection to Saw that she was sent with Cassian to talk with him, which means he was the catalyst to her involvement with the rebellion, making him necessary to move the story forward. In order to accomplish this without Saw, they would have had to create a new motivation for her to join the rebellion, and also establish a different way for her to receive the message from her father that also required her to work with Cassian, since development that relationship is a major plot thread, while also bringing in the defecting Imperial pilot, Bodhi. You cannot excise Saw without changing a major portion of the script. Therefore, he was essential to the plot.

With that in mind, I did not like Forest Whitaker's performance, especially the voice he uses. The character was essential; the acting, however, was one of the film's low points.
8:23PM on 12/28/2016

No thanks.

I want more Donnie Yen!!
I want more Donnie Yen!!
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4:22AM on 12/29/2016
Me too: just a whole lot of Chirrut and Baze kicking about.
Me too: just a whole lot of Chirrut and Baze kicking about.
8:07PM on 12/28/2016

There are a lot of other characters I would rather see first...

What's the status on that Boba Fett anthology film?
What's the status on that Boba Fett anthology film?
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