Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker, who stars as extremist Rebel freedom fighter Saw Gerrera in Rogue One, is to join the cast of the hit animated series Star Wars Rebels. Rebels, which is set just prior to the events of Rogue One, will see Whitaker’s Gerrera debut in “Star Wars Rebels: Ghosts of Geonosis, Parts One and Two” which premiers Saturday, January 7 (8:30-9:30 p.m. EST), on Disney XD.

On the addition of Whittaker to the Rebals cast Dave Filoni, series executive,says, “It’s an incredible honor to have Forest Whitaker play Saw in ‘Rebels. Forest did a great job at capturing Saw in a way that is a bit mad, a bit crazed, a bit afraid, but also a bit sympathetic. He sees something coming, but no one will take action before it’s too late.”

Created by George Lucas, Saw Gerrera was first introduced to us in the TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars as a guerrilla fighter for his home planet Onderon. Saw received training from the Jedi Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka Tano and served as an early harbinger of the Rebel Alliance, an assortment of disparate groups coming together to fight for a common cause.

We feel he will make a great addition to the Rebels series and can’t wait to watch and review Saw’s debut.