Admiral Ackbar Was Initially Going to Appear in ‘Rogue One’, But J.J. Abrams Got To Him First

/Film | 1/22/2020 | Ben Pearson
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For the casual Star Wars viewer, Admiral Ackbar is a character who probably doesn’t even register in the long term. More discerning fans will know him from his famous “It’s a trap!” moment, which has since been meme’d to within an inch of its life. And even more hardcore fans love Ackbar so much that they’ve registered their fury online about the character’s death in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (we’ll get to that in a second).

Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) is credited as one of the writers of 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and he recently took to Twitter to reveal that Ackbar originally had a significant role to play in that prequel – if only J.J. Abrams hadn’t have laid claim to Ackbar first.

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According to Whitta (who was one of the first writers hired to write Rogue One‘s screenplay), Ackbar was going to not only be in the movie, but “[lead] the orbital attack over Scarif” during the climax of the film. Unfortunately, “JJ had got to him first so he was replaced with Raddus.” He’s referring to the fact that J.J. Abrams, the director and co-writer of The Force Awakens, evidently grabbed that character out of the toy box first, and therefore, Ackbar couldn’t be used in both movies.

You may be wondering why Ackbar couldn’t have simply appeared in both films. Well, in a separate tweet, Whitta addressed that very topic, saying, “I think they didn’t want to over-use him and instead introduce new characters.” Remember, this was still early in...
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