While many things went through my head while watching Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – my review is here if you’re interested at this stage – one of them was that, while this story took place in a very specific time in the Star Wars chronology, many lines and characters made me think that their story was not yet over.
From Cassian telling Jyn that he was in the Rebellion since he was six and how he and K2SO’s relationship mirrored the mystery of Han and Chewie, to the revelation that (my favourite character) Chirrut – Donnie Yen – was a ‘guardian of the Whills’ (an ancient order that dates back to George Lucas’ original script for The Star Wars in the 70s) and his sidekick, Baze – Wen Jiang – was one of their greatest protectors, I knew that, be it in the books, comics or Rebels, we would see more of them and how they arrived at this place in the Star Wars galaxy.
Yen, speaking about his character, has revealed that there is a much, much larger story there and he’s tight-lipped about it: “There’s a backstory actually, we did a lot of back and forth discussions and research between actors, producers, and directors so that is something…it’s probably [motions a large book] this thick of materials and research, but I’m not allowed to talk about it.”
Now, we may just be being hopeful but the fact that Yen can’t talk about it means that his story will be of value to Lucasfilm and we can only hope that means we’ll get it in the future and, while a book, comic or episode of Rebels would be great, I really think that with the prospect of this part of the Star Wars universe set to be explored in the Han Solo movie and potentially the Boba Fett and Obi-Wan movies, then there’s a real hope that we may meet Chirrut and Baze again… perhaps Obi Wan has to go to the keepers of the Whills during his period in hiding?
Chirrut and Obi Wan together? Now THAT we’d pay to see.
In related news, another character who had a big impact in Rogue One, though arguably was sold short in the final movie, was Forest Whitaker’s Saw Gerrera.
Now we know that Saw came from The Clone Wars series and that he is set to return in Rebels (here) but it seems that, from the words of Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Saw had a larger story and it may still be told: “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.”
Hmmmmm… that seems to me that they have bigger plans than a few Rebels appearances, what about you? As for Whitaker himself, he added: “I’m curious about what else they’re about to do. Because they seem to really like the character, which is great!”
More Chirrut and Saw? Shut up and take out money!