One of the things I really loved about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was all of the connective tissue between all of the films. What I was surprised to learn about was how much the film had links to the animated Star Wars Rebels television series. We didn’t see any of the characters, but General Syndulla was mentioned over the loudspeaker, and the Ghost (or a starship of the same class) did take part in one of the battles.
Now it looks like a character from Rogue One will be in Star Wars Rebels. The Twitter account Rebels Reactions caught sight of a poster at a Toys R Us with Saw Gerrera, and he’d be making his way to the animated series. Check that tweet out below:
— Rebels Reactions (@RebelsReactions) December 17, 2016
Even though the character was played by Forest Whittaker on the big screen in Rogue One, the character originated from another animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. This is the first time that a character made it from a cartoon to a live action film, and now back again.
I really like the look of the character in that poster, it’s a nice meeting point between how the character was portrayed in Clone Wars and Whittaker’s likeness from Rogue One. We do know that at some point there is a falling out between the Rebel Alliance and Gerrera, so odds are very good that we’ll see what exactly happened to create that schism. It would also be interesting to see how he got many of his robotic limbs.
Star Wars Rebels is set at least a couple of years before the events in Rogue One, but I still hope that we get to see the events of that movie in the television series, especially if that really was the Ghost in battle. There’s also a few more characters from the film I suspect will be introduced in the series including Mon Mothma, Admiral Raddus, or even Cassius as well as other characters introduced and reintroduced in Rogue One.
These connections aren’t for everyone, but for fans like me who love the details they added to make Rogue One feel a bit more real. With Star Wars Rebels we also get a chance for Lucasfilm to flesh out the stories.