Saw Gerrera Returns
Forest Whitaker reprises his role as veteran freedom fighter Saw Gerrera. Although most of the public probably knows him best as the paranoid leader of the Partisan terrorist cell of Rogue Oneand the rebel who raised Jyn Erso after being separated from her father as a child, Gerrera made his first appearance in The Clone Wars animation series.
Ever since Andoro takes place five years before the events of Rogue OneIt doesn’t look like the Partisans have settled in Jedha yet to sabotage the Imperial kyber crystal mining operation, which is why their base looks a little different in this trailer. Interestingly enough, this is also around the time when Saw abandoned Jyn to fend for himself. She was only 16 when the partisans abandoned her, and since she was 21 when she died in Rogue Onethat would mean that Gerrera also said goodbye to her about five years before the film.
Does this mean we’ll get a Felicity Jones cameo when Luthen Rael of Stellan Skarsgard comes to recruit the group for the Rebel Alliance he’s trying to build with Mon Mothma? Let us know your predictions in the comments!
Stellan Skarsgard as Luthen Rael
We also get to see more of Stellan Skarsgard’s new character, Luthen Rael, who appears to be another character working against the Empire from within. In the trailer, we see how he not only meets Genevieve O’Reilly’s Mon Mothma on Coruscant, but also tries to recruit Saw Gerrera and Cassian for his new case. It seems that Luthen is being set up as a previously unknown founder of the Rebel Alliance, and also unafraid to get his own hands dirty by the way he shoots TIE fighters in one scene.
Ben Miles as Chancellor Valorum?
Some fans have taken to Twitter to celebrate Terence Stamp’s return as disgraced former Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum The Phantom Menace. But that’s actually actor Ben Miles (The crown) as what appears to be an Imperial Senator who trusts Mon Mothma enough to confide in.
Yes, from this angle it kinda looks like Miles is playing Valorum, but we’ve learned in recent years that Disney isn’t all that fond of rearranging characters, especially after Solo (which really wasn’t Alden Ehrenreich’s fault, no matter how hard one tries). But, assuming Stamp wasn’t interested in returning to… Star Wars, would Lucasfilm have no choice but to recast the character? We’ll just have to wait.