Our Spanish friends from the site La Fosa Del Rancor uncovered an interesting tidbit during their latest podcast about a Legends Star Wars character that almost appeared in Rogue One. Read on for the details…
In their latest podcast La Fosa Del Rancor talked with director Marcos Cabota, who remembered an interesting story. A friend of his was auditioning for a role in Rogue One. That was very early even before the movie got a title. The people that auditioned got several early script pages for the tests. In these script pages a blind force user was mentioned, who was revealed to be Rahm Kota.
For those unfamiliar with the game The Force Unleashed and Rahm Kota, here’s Wookieepedia’s entry on the character:
At the age of eighteen, Kota met the Jedi Mace Windu, who had been dispatched to the planet to end the conflict peacefully. Discovering Kota’s Force-sensitivity, Windu took Kota back to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant to be trained as a Jedi. Despite being well over the traditional age of acceptance, Kota was schooled in the Force by Master Yoda. During the Clone Wars, Kota was made a general in the Grand Army of the Republic. He did not believe that clone troopers were fit for battle, however, and refused to lead them. Instead, he commanded his own militia, comprised of volunteers. In 19 BBY, when Order 66 was issued, Kota survived the slaughter of his fellow Jedi since there were no clone troopers serving with him.
Going into hiding with his militia, Kota allied himself with Alderaanian Senator Bail Organa. Kota began striking at Imperial targets, taking interest in the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader and hoping to draw him into a confrontation. This culminated in a mission to seize a TIE Fighter Construction Facility in orbit of Nar Shaddaa. Kota believed that he could draw Vader out with the strike but was instead confronted by the Dark Lord’s secret apprentice. The two dueled in the facility’s command center; Kota was beaten and blinded but managed to escape the confrontation. With his confidence shaken—and his connection to the Force seemingly gone—Kota turned to drinking and went into hiding in Cloud City on Bespin.
We all know that later this blind Jedi character would evolve into Chirrut Imwe in the final script of the movie.
Rahm Kota was a very interesting and very well developed character who had many fans. Unfortunately the game The Force Unleashed is not canon (mainly because of the unprecedented force power that the main protagonist has) and this was a missed opportunity for him to get canonized.
Still, it’s possible that this test script was never intended to be used in the future, just for the auditioning process, so who knows…
Source: La Fosa Del Rancor