When Lucasfilm announced Forest Whitaker will be playing Saw Gerrera (a character from The Clone Wars) in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, I began to wonder who else in the Dave Filoni animated universe might make the transition to live action.
I’ve compiled a list below of characters from Clone Wars and Rebels that could possibly show up in a future film.
Star Wars Rebels
Rebels features two Jedi, Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger, as the show’s primary protagonists. Force users are rare during this time period besides a select few. Luke, Leia, Darth Vader/Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Yoda were the Force users introduced in the Original Trilogy. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren/Ben Solo, Snoke and Rey were only recently introduced in The Force Awakens. While Ben is the progeny of Han Solo and Leia, he was originally trained in the Force by Luke before going to the Dark Side and joining Snoke. Rey is a wildcard, with popular fan theories suggesting she is a Skywalker.
We’re led to believe Luke’s school was an attempt to revive the Jedi Order in the aftermath of Return of the Jedi, but Ben cut them down when he turned and sent Luke fleeing in shame. So Force users are still just as rare as they were after the events of Revenge of the Sith.
While we know nothing of what Luke will teach Rey at the beginning of Episode VIII, it’s possible that the film can finally break tradition and have Luke and Rey meet some straggling Jedi who help on their journey. This would allow the filmmakers to introduce an older Kanan and/or Ezra to reveal more about the Force to Rey.
Either or both characters also have potential to appear in an Obi-Wan feature.
If Lucasfilm were to cast either role for live action, it’s possible they could cast Freddie Prinze Jr. and Taylor Gray to reprise their respective roles as Kanan and Ezra. That’s at least a possibility for the Obi-Wan film, if not for Episode VIII and beyond.
On the other side of the token, I doubt we’ll ever see an Inquisitor make a live action debut, even with the possibility of an Obi-Wan film.
When it comes to the other Rebels characters, such as Hera, Zeb, Sabine, and Chopper, I see a better chance of them having a short cameo or supporting role in the anthology films. I could especially see Sabine, a Mandalorian, having a presence in a Boba Fett film. Though I honestly don’t think there’s enough interest for Lucasfilm to actually make a Fett film, especially considering how little he was used in the Original Trilogy.
When inquiring about if Kanan can make his debut in live action, Prinze responded:
doesnt matter to me. Lucasfilms doesn't differentiate between animation and film. Its all story
— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) July 1, 2016
Now it looks like the crew of the Ghost may make their cinematic debut in the latest Rogue One commercial.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
There are two Jedi from Clone Wars who I can see making an appearance in a future live action film. First, given her ambiguous fate at the conclusion of Rebels season 2, I see Ahsoka Tano making her live action debut to play a similar role as I mentioned earlier in regards to Kanan and/or Ezra.
Mace Windu is another strong possibility given the recent news that both Samuel L. Jackson and George Lucas believe he survived Revenge of the Sith. A new film would give Mace better closure. He was introduced as a live action character, but he was more prominently featured in animated form during The Clone Wars.
I can also see the Clone Wars bounty hunters making the jump to live action, especially if Han Solo is going to have a standalone adventure. Among the most likely candidates are Cad Bane, Hondo Ohnaka, and Asajj Ventress, since they’re the most popular hunters in the Star Wars universe.
I don’t see all of these characters making the transition, but at best 1 or 2 could possibly be penciled in for a future film.