STAR WARS JEDI Star Cameron Monaghan Reveals Whether He’s Still Open To Playing A Live-Action Cal Kestis

The sequel to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen OrderStar Wars Jedi: Survivor, was released last April from EA and Respawn Entertainment and continued the story of Order 66 survivor, Cal Kestis. 

Throughout his adventures, we’ve seen Cal fight Darth Vader, meet a Dark Jedi from the High Republic era, and even embrace the power of the Dark Side in his latest outing. Along the way, the video game franchise has further explored the near-20-year gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.

While a lot of fans are anxious to see this character in a live-action setting, it appears the plan is for his story to continue – and possibly conclude – on video game consoles with a third and final instalment which ends the trilogy. 

Actor Cameron Monaghan recently attended FanExpo Vancouver 2024, and once again addressed the possibility of playing a live-action Cal Kestis. 

“It would have to be right,” he explained (via SFFGazette.com). “By that I mean, it has to continue the story or the character in some way. I don’t want him to just kind of show up to stand around and be there. I want him to mean something and for there to be a significance for the character itself.”

“So, it would have to make sense. But in the right context then, yeah, absolutely.”

It doesn’t sound like Monaghan would want to show up for just a cameo and we’d guess no firm decisions about the character’s future on screen will be made until the Star Wars Jedi trilogy ends. Should he make it out of that alive, then the possibilities for Cal will be endless, particularly in the post-sequel era of storytelling. 

If not, Lucasfilm would need to figure out a way to insert the Jedi into a story set between the prequels and original trilogy, all while making sure they don’t contradict anything seen in the games. 

Last year, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy shared her thoughts on the possibility of bringing the video game character into a live-action TV show or movie.

“I’ve seen a lot of chatter online about that. [Laughs] It could be really interesting,” she admitted. “It’s not something that’s front and center right at the moment, but what’s interesting in the company that we do is that everybody across all these different lines of business, we all talk to one another.”

“That often doesn’t happen in situations like this, but because so many of the people at Lucasfilm, are used to working together, we’re very transparent about what the storytelling is that’s going on — whether it’s in the streaming space or the movie space, or books, animation games, whatever it is. Eventually, it’ll be some kind of immersive entertainment.”

There are many things we talk about just in terms of how we use technology with ILM inside the company,” Kennedy continued. “So this constant cross-pollination of ideas to determine just exactly what stories move into the movie space, what stories move into the TV space — you never know, because the creative process is very similar in all of those different spaces.”

“And so you don’t have a crystal ball. You see what works, and then if it does, you draw from that.”

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