The highly anticipated sequel to Jedi: Fallen Order is coming next year, marking the return of Jedi survivor Cal Kestis.
A Jedi Padawan to Master Jaro Tapal during the Clone Wars, Kestis survived Order 66 after his master was killed defending him. He went into hiding, giving up his Jedi ways and working as a scrapper on Bracca, until five years later he was discovered. That launched him on a galactic adventure, one that will be picked up on in the sequel, Jedi: Survivor, set five years after the first game. Cal quickly became a fan favorite, and it has led to speculation that he might make a live-action appearance at some point.
That’s fueled by the fact that actor Cameron Monaghan was tapped to play Kestis in the game, providing motion capture for the character, as the Jedi was modeled to look like the actor. That not only helped the process of making the game more realistic; it also made it far easier – and more possible – to bring him to live-action someday.
Monaghan was asked recently whether that would happen, and he certainly didn’t deny it. “Well of course there’s interest,” he teased in an interview with Screen Rant. “That’s about all I can say. [Laughs]”
We’re used to flat-out denials (even from those who wind up making an appearance), so for him to acknowledge it as openly as this catches the attention. He acknowledges that there’s interest, but it doesn’t specify on whose end or if its mutual (and without seeing exactly how Screen Rant posed the question for him it’s hard to tell). But even him simply confirming that there is indeed interest in it happening is significant, and the fact that he can’t say more than that suggests it’s possible something is already in the works.
I’d love to see Cal in live-action, as I am a huge fan of the character and thought his journey in Fallen Order was awesome. I can’t wait to return to his journey next year, but I’m also holding out hope that we’ll see him in a show at some point in the not-too-distant future.