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There are few things that the Star Wars Universe loves more than amputation; between the movies and the Expanded Universe it seems like audiences can always find a character dealing with the recent loss of a limb, or using a prosthetic arm or leg in order to function. This trend can be seen across all ranges of characters, from the utmost important to the completely insignificant. With the release of Star Wars: Rogue One, this trend shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon as rumors indicate a major character will have a fake leg during the course of the film. That just begs one question: which character will it be?
New reports from MakingStarWars.net indicate that Forest Whitaker's character will be the one in possession of a prosthetic leg during the events of Star Wars: Rogue One. Style and description of the character has varied somewhat as time goes on, but has remained relatively consistent in spirit: the character will only have one real leg, and will use a prosthetic to get around. He will be a veteran of numerous conflicts, and have some sort of tenuous connection to the film’s rebel protagonists. The character’s overall aesthetic has been described as a "hodgepodge" ensemble pieced together from various outfits, and will resemble the sort of outfit that an outer rim bounty hunter might wear. Perhaps he will have some sort of connection to a young Boba Fett?
With so little known about Forest Whitaker's Rogue One character at this point, so it remains unclear as to how he lost his leg in the first place. One theory posits that the character merely lost it during a major Star Wars conflict – such as the Clone Wars or the rise of the Empire – and merely represents a stylistic choice by the filmmakers. Another possibility is that he holds a certain degree of bitterness towards those responsible for the loss of his leg, and his reasons for siding with the good guys in Rogue One are more personal in nature. No matter what his reasons, missing limbs are a major part of Star Wars Universe. Check out the video below if you don’t believe me:
At this stage, far too little is known about the character or the film to make too many assumptions. However, the description of Forest Whitaker’s character in Rogue One seems to mesh with the notion that the film will be a much grittier and darker affair than any other Star Wars adventure to date. We will bring you more information on the upcoming release of Star Wars: Rogue One as it becomes available to us. The film will hit theaters on December 16, 2016.