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Starkiller From ‘Star Wars: The Force Unleashed’ Almost Came Back For ‘Rebels’


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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed was from a simpler time in blockbuster gaming. THQ was still around, LucasArts was still working on fresh new additions to the Star Wars universe, and gamers were shifting into the next generation of hardware. The Force Unleashed was the ultimate example of what the old, pre-Disney days of Star Wars were trying to do — push technical boundaries and add weird new wrinkles to the Star Wars extended universe, even if they canonically screwed with every important facet of the mythos.

In The Force Unleashed, players stepped into the ridiculously powerful shoes of “Starkiller” or, Galen Marek, in the time between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Baby Marek is discovered by Vader to be the most gifted Force-wielder since he was a little boy on Tatooine, trying spinning because that’s a good trick, and takes him on as a secret apprentice. Starkiller goes on to become the right-hand man for Vader, who eventually employs him to kill all the remaining Jedi after Order 66.


When the Emperor finds out about Vader’s secret little friend, he’s ordered to destroy Starkiller, but of course, Starkiller is revived, then joins Leia Organa to start the Rebel Alliance, which in turn ends up being Vader’s plan all along. He wanted to root out his enemies, you see.

So yeah, it’s peak Lucas Star Wars in retrospect. Confusing and shoe-horned into the main story threads. Still, Starkiller is, in general, a cool Star Wars character. That’s why the creatives behind Star Wars: Rebels were considering having him as an Inquisitor, part of Vader’s elite force of Jedi-killers. It didn’t work out, though, because it just wouldn’t have made much sense.

In a live stream with the developers and stars of Force Unleashed (ain’t Twitch grand?), Starkiller himself, Sam Witwer dropped the news.

“Dave [Filoni] did share with me, by the way, he considered making Starkiller an Inquisitor in Star Wars: Rebels. It didn’t quite fit the story they were telling, but he did think about it because he thought that would be interesting.”

Having one of the biggest badasses in the entire galaxy fall into line to join a crew wouldn’t make much sense after he already spanned the far reaches of space killing all of the best Jedi on his lonesome, only to consistently be used as a pawn to execute Vader’s will. Also, you can kill Vader in the game, which is not canon at all.

This is yet another reason why the Extended Universe canon was wiped. Although the Old Republic stuff really should’ve stayed.

(Via i09)

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