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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order features Rogue One’s Saw Gerrera

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Forest Whitaker returns for Respawn’s action-adventure game

Saw Gerrera talks to Cal Kestis in a screenshot from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts

Saw Gerrera, the rebel leader who was portrayed by Forest Whitaker in the Star Wars spinoff film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will appear in Respawn Entertainment’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

Electronic Arts’ EA Play 2019 event on Saturday kicked off with Jedi: Fallen Order, and one of the first reveals in the lengthy gameplay segment was Gerrera’s appearance. Gerrera shows up in a brief cutscene as an ally of the protagonist, Cal Kestis.

The character’s voice and likeness were provided by Whitaker himself; he is one of the higher-profile actors to appear in a Star Wars video game. During an interview after the gameplay segment, game director Stig Asmussen announced another well-known Hollywood talent who will lend his “voice” to Jedi: Fallen Order — venerable sound designer Ben Burtt, who created R2-D2’s speaking voice and is providing the voice for the droid BD-1 in Respawn’s game.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order takes place after the events of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, in which the Jedi were hunted down and exterminated — except for, it seems, Kestis. The game, which will be Star Wars canon, is scheduled to be released Nov. 15 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.