Rumor: First Details on Forest Whitaker’s Character from Rogue One

WhitakerForest Whitaker’s character from Rogue One is probably the most mysterious one. So far we’ve never heard the actor speaking about his role and we haven’t seen him on the officially released cast photo. Now finally some possible details on his character were revealed.






From Making Star Wars:


  • It appears he has one leg and uses a cane as a crutch to walk. Earlier reports made it seem like he might have one leg but the clarification on the topic is a “robot leg.”
  • He appears to be a veteran of some battles, but it isn’t clear if he lost his leg fighting in The Clone Wars or against the Empire.
  • Based on a differentiated code name from the rest of the rebels in the movie, it appears he is likely good but maybe a bounty hunter affiliated type
  • He has a cape and his costume is a hodgepodge of different things (think of someone you might see at Maz’s Castle).


I personally believed that his character might be evil since he was one of the few announced cast members that were missing from the cast photo. And we would expect that everyone on the cast photo is a good guy/girl. Another cast members missing from the photo – Mads Mikkelsen, confirmed that he is not playing a bad guy in the movie either. So from the whole cast right now it appears that only Ben Mendelsohn’s character would be bad. This could also lend some credibility to the rumor that Vader will have a bigger role, and perhaps some appearances by Tarkin or the Emperor? Who knows…


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12 thoughts on “Rumor: First Details on Forest Whitaker’s Character from Rogue One

  • January 29, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Interesting news! Wonder if we’ll get Rogue One versions of Death Star lackeys like Tagge & Motti…

  • January 29, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    what are the codenames this refers to!?

    I’m dying to learn some character names and see some additional character photos from Rogue One finally. I know the movie is still 11 months away and we’ll start seeing the marketing ramp up with pics and teases and commercials soon enough but I’m getting impatient.

  • January 29, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    I wonder if he ends up deaded.

    • January 29, 2016 at 10:38 pm

      He’s fallen in the water?

  • January 29, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    A blind guy, a hobbled guy, I predicted with someone that they’d have handicapable characters in the new films in trying to appeal to a wider audienceto recoup all the money being spent but long as we don’t see a dude in a hoverchair kicking Rey’s ass in a duel then I’m okay with it.

    • January 30, 2016 at 4:13 am

      In the second film, we had a character who requires technological devices to breath, walk, and hold things kick the ass of a younger man in the prime of health. Not everything is about being PC.

      • January 31, 2016 at 8:52 am

        I’m not implying that but they WILL use it as a PC marketing point as they did with Finn in which one outlet said he was the first black Jedi in the saga while totally ignoring Mace Windu (and Finn wasn’t even a Jedi either) just as they will completely forget about Cliegg Lars if they ever do said hoverchair character.

    • January 31, 2016 at 12:12 am

      Luke and Vader were both amputees and no one complained.

      Bring on characters like Furiosa. Star Wars is overdue for characters we could root for.

      • January 31, 2016 at 8:57 am

        Vader wasn’t really an amputee until Jedi when they showed that his hand was mechanical. The whole life support backstory really wasn’t even common knowledge or canon per say until the novelization.

  • January 30, 2016 at 1:59 am

    Not to be that guy, but could he be Lando’s dad?

    Saying because of the cape.

    • January 30, 2016 at 6:45 am

      Maybe Lando having a cape inspired them to give Forest one, too.

    • January 31, 2016 at 12:13 am

      Or Vader’s dad? Or Dooku’s? Lots of capes you know.

      Sometimes a cape is a cape.

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