Lucasfilm threw fans a curveball when Forest Whitaker was announced as Saw Gerrera in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. A figure from the Clone Wars animated series, Saw’s presence soldified the link between the small and big screens — and according to Star Wars Rebels producer Simon Kinberg, that character could just be the beginning of the crossover.
“What’s lovely is, obviously, we’ve brought in characters from Clone Wars in the second season, and we keep sort of bringing characters from the original movies and sort of deepening the relationships between our core characters, the Ghost crew,” he told Moviefone. “So it’s trying to balance the two different things, like the original cast from the first season with Clone Wars, with characters from the original movies, and maybe even feeding into future movies.”
Saw first appeared in season 5 of Clone Wars during the battle for Onderon. He was later name-dropped in season 2 of Rebels, reinforcing the new series’ ties to the films. Elsewhere, fans have already seen the likes of Darth Maul and Darth Vader brought into the TV space.