Not only did Rogue One: A Star Wars Storyoriginally have a wildly different ending, but the filmmakers have now revealed they had bigger plans for one of the ill-fated Rebel characters. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy told Empire (via Collider) that the original plan was for Forest Whitaker’s character, Saw Gerrera, to have a “much larger” presence in the Star Wars spinoff:
“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 himself is also quoted in the Empire story. He said, “I’m curious about what else they’re about to do. Because they seem to really like the character, which is great!”
Kennedy’s “future development” line could be a reference to Gerrera’s ongoing store in the animated series Star Wars Rebels. Collider surmises that it might be possible for him to show up in future anthology movies, though this is not confirmed.
Rogue One hit theaters on December 16 and was the No. 1 movie worldwide. It has to date made more than $500 million around the globe.
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