Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Starkiller From 'The Force Unleashed' Almost Appeared In 'Star Wars Rebels'

By: Benjamin Hart

Beyond the story and mythology of the saga, one of the most fascinating things about Star Wars is the behind the scenes stories, especially the big "what if" scenarios. Return Of The Jedi was nearly "Revenge Of The Jedi", Leonardo DiCaprio almost being cast as Anakin Skywalker, and many others. Now we have another one to add to the history books.

Sam Witwer is an actor who is well known to fans as the voice of many different characters in recent years, including The Son, Darth Maul, Emperor Palpatine, and many others in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. But it was perhaps his first role as Darth Vader's secret apprentice "Starkiller", a.k.a Galen Marek, in The Force Unleashed video game series that made the biggest splash in Star Wars.

During a recent developer's commentary for The Force Unleashed on Twitch, which included voice actor and sound designer David Collins along with the game's writer Haden Blackman, Witwer mentions a conversation he had with Star Wars Rebels co-creator Dave Filoni. He explains that, at one point, Filoni had considered working Wiwter's character from The Force Unleashed into the animated series:

"Dave did share with me, by the way, that he considered making Starkiller an Inquisitor in Star Wars Rebels. It didn't quite fit the story that they were telling, but he did think about."

This comment is particularly interesting considering that Starkiller, as we know him from The Force Unleashed I and II, is a Legends character. The reorganization of continuity back in 2014 rendered the game non-canon, and Rebels effectively overwrote the game's origin story for the Rebel Alliance. We can assume having to meld with the canon story would have made Starkiller significantly differently, but it still would have been a great surprise for fans of The Force Unleashed.

At the end of the day I think this just reaffirms that fact that Lucasfilm never throws a good idea away, and that anything is possible.

Source: Sam Witwer(Twitch)
Via: Star Wars Rebels Transmission

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