Fans Are Only Learning That Ahmed Best Already Played a Human in Star Wars Prequels

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Kelleran Beq
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After years of being berated by the Star Wars fandom for his polarizing portrayal of Jar Jar Binks, Ahmed Best has officially returned to the franchise that made him a household name, only this time around, instead of criticism, his jaw-dropping appearance was met with adulation by viewers.

Kelleran
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In The Mandalorian's Chapter 20, it was revealed that Best's character, a Jedi named Kelleran Beq was the one who saved Grogu from the Sith's decimation of the Jedi during Order 66. The character officially made his debut in Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge, a children's game show which premiered on the Star Wars Kids Youtube channel in 2020.

However, not many people know about his interesting bit of information but Kelleran wasn't the first human Ahmed played in the franchise. In fact, the 49-year-old actor pulled double duty in 2002's Attack of the Clones, and apart from playing Jar Jar, he also made a brief cameo appearance as Achk Med-Beq during the iconic nightclub scene featuring Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Now, some of you may be asking if the characters he portrayed are related. Well, Best himself confirmed in a 2020 interview that Achk Med and Kelleran are brothers, although we don't know if the nightclub patron is a Jedi himself much like Kelleran.

Also Read: The Mandalorian Fans Initially Thought Chapter 20 Recast Samuel L. Jackson's Mace Windu

Ahmed's epic Star Wars comeback has generated a ton of buzz following the release of The Mandalorian's Chapter 20 and we'd like to assume that this upgraded role means that we'll see more of Kelleran in future episodes of the series. We're definitely hoping that's the case because there are a lot of questions left unanswered.

The latest episode of The Mandalorian Season 3 is now streaming on Disney+.

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