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‘Star Wars’ Teases Live-Action Return of Fan-Favorite Captain Rex

For years, Star Wars fans debated whether fan-favorite clone trooper Captain Rex – voiced by Dee Bradley Baker in Dave Filoni’s animated series trio, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and Star Wars: The Bad Batch — actually debuted live-action back in the days of the original trilogy.

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Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) ends George Lucas’ original trilogy with the Battle of Endor and the destruction of the Galactic Empire’s murderous Death Star.

At one point, while Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), and Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) are on the forest moon of Endor, the pilot of the Millennium Falcon Solo finds himself unsurprisingly in a scrape, and eventually receives help from a group of rebel soldiers.

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The rider at the front of the group [above] bears a striking resemblance to the old animated version of Clone Captain Rex [below], leading to much speculation that the popular character made his live-action debut decades before he appeared in animation.

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mandalorian Lucasfilm executive producer and creative director Dave Filoni has just as much confirmed that Rex Return of the Jedi appearance, joke:

“But I think the only thing I really thought about was that I really think Rex is that guy on Endor. I really do. Otherwise why is there an old bearded man on Endor , Tano? Why? It makes no sense. If you don’t want this to happen, do you know what it means? I’m going to make it. I’m becoming like Palpatine, I’m going mad with power.

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Now, mandalorian and Boba Fett book star Temuera Morrison – who previously played Clone Army of the Republic model Jango Fett in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) – talked about the rumors that he will play another soldier, namely Rex himself, in an upcoming star wars series.

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In a recent interview, Morrison – who is said to have signed on to numerous projects within the star wars franchise – teased his potential appearance as Rex in Obi Wan Kenobi:

“Well, there are people – I’m thinking of Captain Rex in particular. He looks a bit like me. There’s Commander Cody. What happened to these guys? There are all these clone armies. It could be something fresh, new and exciting.

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Obi Wan Kenobi set to take place roughly ten years after the conclusion of the prequel trilogy, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005). Ewan McGregor (Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi) and Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader) are set to reprise their roles in the special event series directed by Deborah Chow.

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Due to the fact that Kenobi and Rex had a close relationship during the Clone Wars, it would make sense for the former leader of Anakin’s 501st Battalion to seek out the legendary Jedi during his Tatooine exile years after Order 66.

By all reports, Rex believed Bail Organa’s claim that Kenobi had been among the Jedi Knights who perished during Emperor Palpatine’s Great Jedi Purge, so if he discovered any information to the contrary, there’s no doubt that he would do everything in his power to confirm that Kenobi was, in fact, alive.

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Obi Wan Kenobi doesn’t have a specific release date at the moment, but we do know that it will air in 2022.

McGregor confirmed that star wars fans will get a glimpse into Luke Skywalker’s childhood as a Tatooine farm boy and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has mentioned the ‘rematch of the century’, teasing that there will be a third saber battle laser between Kenobi and his former Padawan.

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Currently, Temuera Morrison can be seen in mandalorian derivative series, The Boba Fett Book, alongside Ming-Na Wen (Fennec Shand). New episodes drop Wednesdays on the Disney+ streaming service.

Learn more about Captain Rex

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The official star wars Databank describes the popular Clone Captain as follows:

The clone known as Rex served the Republic during the Clone Wars, often taking orders from Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano as captain, then commander. He considered military service an honor and he always accomplished his mission. Loving to wield two blaster pistols at the same time, Rex customized his armor with distinctive blue markings. His loyalty to the Republic and its Jedi generals was absolute, but even such a dedicated veteran soldier found himself plagued with doubts as the Clone Wars claimed more lives and ruined more worlds. When Order 66 was carried out, it was Ahsoka who helped free Rex from his inhibitor chip programming. At the dawn of the Empire, Rex escaped with his life but is considered killed in action in the eyes of the new regime. This allows him to operate in the shadows and aid the handful of clone brothers who remain separate from the Imperial ranks.

Do you think Captain Rex will make his official live comeback soon, instead of just a ROTJ cameo?