For months, there have been reports that A-list actor Keanu Reeves (The Matrix, John Wick, Point Break) is set to play Star Wars fan-favorite Sith Lord Darth Revan.
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Revan, a Sith Lord who is most famous for his appearance in the 2003 BioWare and LucasArts Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic video game, which is part of Legends — often referred to as the Star Wars Expanded Universe. However, thanks to the final Skywalker Saga film, Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019), Revan was brought into the existing Star Wars canon.
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Wookiepedia expounded on how this occurred:
The character of Revan was reestablished in the current Star Warscanon continuity when…mentioned in the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary, a 2019 reference book written by Lucasfilm Story Group member Pablo Hidalgo. The visual dictionary accompanied the film Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker…
Since Star Wars fans have long wanted an Old Republic project to come to fruition, it would not be surprising if Revan and his cohorts showed up sooner rather than later in the ever-expanding Star Wars universe.
As a matter of fact, the Jedi Knight turned Sith Lord turned Jedi Knight (again) was supposed to appear several years ago in Dave Filoni’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Season 3, “Ghosts of Mortis”).
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The scene showcasing the popular Sith character, however, was left on the cutting room floor:
Revan would have appeared as a Sith Lord alongside Darth Bane as advisors to the powerful Force wielder known as the Son, but they were ultimately cut from the episode in late production. The show’s director, Dave Filoni, was apprehensive of using the scene, and the scene was removed at George Lucas’s request because it conflicted with Lucas’s view on the Force.
Now, in a new post, however, StarWars.com has reintroduced Darth Revan’s deadly protocol droid, HK-47.
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Should Lucasfilm heed Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau’s advice and listen to what the fans want, casting Keanu Reeves as Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Revan, could ultimately lead to HK-47’s live-action debut.
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In the previously mentioned Star Wars post, the KOTOR character is described as:
Thousands of years before the Empire, one droid became the definitive murder machine of its age: HK-47. Appearing in the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic video game (now falling under the Legends banner), HK was an amoral killer who referred to organics as “meatbags.” Speaking in his own unique manner, the hunter-killer assassin droid felt himself superior to most lifeforms, except for his master, Revan. Appearing as a protocol droid and capable in thousands of languages, he was sometimes underestimated — until his blaster rifle came out. He used a variety of weapons when confronting a Jedi opponent — a sniper rifle when at a distance, and grenades, sonic weapons, rockets, mines, and poison gas — all things that could not be deflected with a lightsaber. Almost a sociopath, he relished destruction and encouraged deadly behavior to his master. Despite his murderous tendencies, he became a hero of the Republic for his role in defeating Darth Malak and destroying the Star Forge.
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HK-47, though certainly not as popular in the mainstream Star Wars fandom as droids like C-3PO, R2-D2, and even Hera Syndulla’s Chopper, does have something of a cult following — and even his own fan-run Twitter account.
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At this time — although Lucasfilm has approximately 11 series and several movies, like Patty Jenkins’s Star Wars: Rogue Squadron and Taika Waititi’s untitled film, in development — no Old Republic projects have been confirmed.
However, it seems inevitable that we will eventually see Darth Revan — hopefully played by Keanu Reeves — HK-47, and perhaps even Darth Malak, make their official canon debuts in the not-too-distant-future.
Would you like to see Keanu Reeves play Darth Revan soon?