Saw Gerrera Re-Animated in Star Wars Rebels’ Mid-season Three Premiere (UPDATED)

This is the crossover you’ve been waiting for: Saw Gerrera, voiced by Forest Whitaker, who portrays the character in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will be coming to Star Wars Rebels’ third season in a special two-part midseason premiere airing January 7. There’s now a second video for the premiere, cutting in footage of RO and the new episodes, below.

Ever since the midseason premiere’s name was outed as “Ghosts of Geonosis,” mentioning the name of the planet we know hosted the Death Star’s earliest years in construction, questions have stirred if this is where Rebels would contain a crossover with Rogue One. The film, which just released last Friday, contained a plethora of Rebels references and Easter Eggs (more on those in my review!) so it was only a matter of time for the show to reciprocate (which, technically due to the lead time in animation, this crossover has been in works before the film was probably even done). There’s not a lot of details released about the upcoming episode, but Dave Filoni (who was there for the character’s inception in The Clone Wars) says Gerrera knows the Empire isn’t going to be playing games anymore, as they are building something that will wipe out the Rebellion (gee, wonder what that is…) and the time to fight is now.

My favorite part of Saw’s return to animation, as the character started on The Clone Wars and was brought to life with an unhinged, but restrained madness by Forest Whitaker in RO, is that Mr. Whitaker will lend his voice to the show. As Filoni states in EW’s article, and as the actor himself brought up at Celebration Europe at the Rogue One panel, Whitaker went out of his way to watch TCW episodes to better understand the character, meaning he’s not only bringing his considerable acting skills to Saw on Rebels, but also his respect and appreciation for Saw as well. If you’ve seen the film, even for the little time he was on screen, Saw’s a hard to forget character and that’s partly thanks to his haggard appearance and mostly Whitaker.

We’ll be back with more Rebels news as it drops, as I imagine there will be a second half of S3 trailer coming before the season continues, and new reviews once S3 returns on January 7, 2017!

UPDATE: So far no second half of S3 trailer but for now we have a pretty cool new one for Saw’s appearance on Rebels:

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Season One: Spark of Rebellion | Ep. 2: “Droids In Distress” | Ep.3: “Fighter Flight” | Ep.4: “Rise of the Old Masters” | Ep.5: “Breaking Ranks” | Ep.6: “Out of Darkness” | Ep.7: “Empire Day” | Ep.8: “Gathering Forces” | Ep.9: “Path of the Jedi” | Ep.10: “Idiot’s Array” | Ep.11: “Vision of Hope” | Ep.12: “Call to Action” | Ep.13: “Rebel Resolve” | Ep.14: “Fire Across the Galaxy

Season Two: The Siege of Lothal | Ep. 2: “The Lost Commanders” | Ep. 3: “Relics of the Old Republic” | Ep. 4: “Always Two There Are” | Ep. 5: “Brothers of the Broken Horn” | Ep. 6: “Wings of the Master” | Ep. 7: “Blood Sisters” | Ep. 8: “Stealth Strike” | Ep. 9: “The Future of the Force” | Ep. 10: “Legacy” | Ep. 11: “A Princess on Lothal” | Ep. 12: “The Protector of Concord Dawn” | Ep. 13: “Legends of the Lasat” | Ep. 14: “The Call” | Ep. 15: “Homecoming” | Ep. 16: “The Honorable Ones” | Ep. 17: “Shroud of Darkness” | Ep. 18: “The Forgotten Droid” | Ep. 19: “The Mystery of Chopper Base” | Ep. 20: “Twilight of the Apprentice

Season Three: Steps into Shadow | Ep. 2: “Holocrons of Fate” |  Ep. 3: “The Antilles Extraction” | Ep. 4: “Hera’s Heroes” | Ep. 5: “The Last Battle” | Ep. 6: “Imperial Supercommandos” | Ep. 7: “Iron Squadron” | Ep. 8: “The Wynkahthu Job” | Ep. 9: “An Inside Man” | Ep. 10: “Visions and Voices

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