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It seems Rogue One’s Blind Jedi could have been a more familiar face before Chirrut

October 3rd, 2017 by Marc Comments

As a friend of mine said as we talked about this story, ‘now THAT would be connective tissue!’.

So you may recall that Chirrut Imwe in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a blind Jedi, sorry, Force user. And he’s a very cool character, however he was almost another very cool blind Star Wars character – no, not Rebels’ Kana Jarrus, though we’ll get to him in a bit – but The Force Unleashed’s Rahm Kota (you can see the two together in our image above).

In The Force Unleashed game Kota was a Jedi who was blinded fighting against Darth Vader’s apprentice Galen Marek AKA Starkiller, before Marek came to the light side and Kota returned to train him. Nobel, right?

Anyway, Filmmaker Marcos Cabota has been chatting to Star Wars Podcast La Fosa del Rancor about a friend of his who auditioned for Rogue One and who recalled that, in the script they read from, Chirrut was called… wait for it… Rahm Kota: “In fact, they were talking about a Jedi, who then did not appear in the movie but did appear somehow … Rham Kota was in Rogue One, I can tell you, he was a blind Jedi. And what do we find in Rogue One? A blind user of the Force … In the script we had from Rogue One, before becoming Rogue One, it was Rahm Kota.”

Now, we know that Starkiller himself, played by Sam Witwer, who played several characters including The Emperor and Darth Maul in Rebels and the Clone Wars shows, almost appeared in Rebels at one point (here) and, indeed when we talked to him at Star Wars Celebration Europe last year, he said he’d love to return to the role of Starkiller.

However, we also thought that Kanan Jarrus, when he was blinded in Rebels, bore more than a passing resemblance to Kota (see the link above for more) and were sure the shows and the Star Wars EU would crossover at that point.

But they did not.

So what say you all? We know the script may not have been finished and Kota’s name could have been used as the name for Chirrut was still undecided, but wouldn’t it have been the best? After all characters like Grand Admiral Thrawn and Asajj Ventress have jumped from EU to official canon so anything is up for grabs…

Would you have liked to have seen this crossover? Let us know in all the usual ways, gang…

Source: Laforsadelrancor


Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….