After the trailer sent fans into a frenzy of speculation, we've finally got some new details on Rogue One, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. One of the most intriguing revelations was that Forest Whitaker is playing a character we've seen before in the TV show Star Wars: Clone Wars. It turns out that Whitaker is playing Saw Gerrera, one of the protagonists of Clone Wars Season 5's first story arc.
Saw and his sister Steela lead a rebel faction on the planet Onderon, fighting against Separatist forces to eventually free their planet from occupation. Along with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, young Jedi commander Ahsoka Tano was sent to train the rebel troops. Although Obi-Wan and Anakin were called away, Ahsoka remained to help the rebellion as much as she could.
Ahsoka was a vital asset to the fledging rebellion, teaching them the best methods to battle droids and helping them strategize. Her relationship with both Steela and Saw developed nicely, as they went from comrades-in-arms to friends.
Ahsoka Is A Vital Ally Of Saw
Saw Gerrera is an interesting character — brash and impulsive, Saw was the first leader of the rebel faction until the group later elected his sister Steela to be the new commander. He had a good dynamic with Ahsoka, trusting her judgment and appreciating her help with the fight. Ultimately though, this arc had a tragic end, as Ahsoka was unable to save Steela in the final battle.
Saw blamed himself for his sister's death, and vowed to help Onderon recover from Separatist occupation. Saw and Ahsoka parted as allies, promising to help each other in the future should the need arise.
Because Ahsoka is such a beloved character among fans, it would be fantastic for Saw to make some allusion to his old ally in Rogue One. A cameo from Ahsoka isn't out of the question either, considering her role in the Rebel Alliance at this time and her connection to Darth Vader.
From A Jedi To A Rebel General
Ahsoka's story is a fascinating one. Starting off as a bright-eyed Jedi Padawan at the beginning of Clone Wars, Ahsoka later became disillusioned with the Jedi Council after being framed for several homicides. Although she cleared her name, Ahsoka refused to rejoin the ranks of the Jedi, which ultimately spared her from the Order 66 massacre.
Ahsoka returned in the sequel TV show Star Wars: Rebels, secretly working to unify rebel factions into what would later become the Rebel Alliance. Known as Fulcrum, Ahsoka gave the rebel groups individual missions and eventually revealed herself in Season 2 as the Alliance came together. Her role in the Rebellion was essential, and as Rebels is set only four years before Rogue One, we can assume that Ahsoka is alive and well and working as some kind of Rebel leader.
Rebels Season 2 really built up Ahsoka's character as she hunted down the mysterious Sith lord who was hunting her own rebel troops. Naturally, this turned out to be Darth Vader, leading to an emotional battle between Vader and Ahsoka — as Anakin was Ahsoka's Jedi master, the two have a vast connected history.
Now that Darth Vader is confirmed to appear in Rogue One, this could be the perfect time to introduce Ahsoka to film fans, especially considering her connection to Saw Gerrera too.
While Ahsoka's story is being developed in Rebels, the Season 2 finale left us on a cliffhanger as to whether she survived the fight with Vader. A cameo from Ahsoka in Rogue One could resolve this plot line, as well as dropping hints for Rebels Season 3. Ahsoka is a much-loved character, thanks to her bravery and skill as a Jedi warrior. We'd be delighted to see her in the Star Wars films someday, and Rogue One might just herald her entrance into the cinematic narrative. Here's hoping!