Forest Whitaker's 'Rogue One: A Star War Story' Character Revealed

By Matt O.

All day today its been nothing but badass Star Wars news dropping every few minutes! First the epic official reveal that Darth Vader will indeed be in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story! Then there was all the awesome character images and descriptions, with one major one missing. However coming just a couple of hours after the initial reveal. Forest Whitaker's character has officially been revealed.

Whitaker will be playing the Star Wars character Saw Gerrera!

"a character who first appeared in the season five episode “A War on Two Fronts.” There, Saw and his sister Steela were part of an insurgent group being trained (unofficially) by Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Anakin’s apprentice Ahsoka Tano. Now, Saw is an ally of the Rebel Alliance (albeit one even the heroes are unsure of), looking to deliver a crushing blow to Darth Vader’s cause." -EW

"In the show, Saw was voiced by Andrew Kishino, and Whitaker’s appearance has some subtle homages to The Clone Wars character. The eyes are different — the animated show featured vivid aquamarine eyes, while Whitaker’s are brown — but they maintained the scar that slices up over his left eye. (In the cartoon, it bisects the eyebrow, but in the live-action film, the cut arches just above it.) In this new image of Whitaker, he also looks fairly different than what we first saw in the trailer. Here, he has a full head of hair, while in the previous footage he was shaved." -EW

Pretty epic right? The article even reveals more from Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy saying:

"Consider him kind of a battered veteran who leads a band of Rebel extremists, He’s on the fringe of the Rebel Alliance. Even [they] are a little concerned about him.”

Kennedy also goes on to state that by the time we catch up with his character in the film he is:

"an ally to the Rebel squad in Rogue One, but he’s not really one of them. “He’s off on his own."

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set to hit theaters on December 16th.