Star Wars: Andor, a television series made by the American filmmaker Tony Gilroy, premiered on Disney+ this Wednesday, September 21. It is a prequel to Rogue One, which revolves around the character of Cassian Andor, a thief who transforms into a rebellious spy. 

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In the series, Saw Gerrera is one of the major characters, played by American actor Forest Whitaker. Gerrera is known as a paranoid leader of the Partisans terrorist cell, who raised Jyn Erso after she was separated from her father.

Initially, Gerrera was introduced as a minor character in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, where Andrew Kishino gave the voice-over for him. Later, Robert Whitaker played the character in the film Rogue One: A Star War Story and gave voice to the animated series Star Wars Rebels and the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

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In the Clone Wars, Saw Gerrera is the brother of Steela Gerrera – leader of the Onderon rebels. Born as a human male Onderonian, Gerrera was seen fighting against the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Later, he became a key member in the fight against the Galactic Empire and in building the Alliance to restore the Republic. His sister, Steela, dies while saving King Kendup – which meant that they had to pay the price for the planet’s freedom. Gerrera’s character, having a victorious history, is an important one to the Star Wars canon. His will to attain freedom at any cost makes him a unique fighter.  

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For Star Wars: Andor, Gerrera’s role is likely to be revealed in the wake of Alliance before he was labelled a paranoid rebel. As the trailer goes, Luten Rael, who is Stellan Skarsgard’s new character, meets Gerren, in hopes that they will bring the heroes together to fight.

The rebellious fighter sets himself apart from many other characters who did not get the same chance to appear in the movies, animated series, video games, books, comics, and now this forthcoming live-action series of the Star Wars franchise