Star Wars: Here's Why Admiral Ackbar Didn't Join The Fight in Rogue One

There is little doubt that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story had several awesome cameos from beloved characters like Mon Mothma, Bail Organa, and even Princess Leia Organa herself. However, there was another Star Wars character that almost joined the fight but was ultimately removed from the line-up. But why did the film decide to leave Admiral Gial Ackbar out despite his role as a Rebel leader? As it turns out, it was the director's decision.

Rogue One writers Chris Weitz and Gary Whitta recently spoke to Cinefix about working on the film and they revealed some interesting new details about the project. For instance, the scribes confirmed that they had written Ackbar into the script and that the character would be joining the fight. However, director Gareth Edwards wanted to introduce original characters so the idea was scrapped.

Although Ackbar isn't in Rogue One, the film still introduced an equally strong Mon Calamari soldier. The part that was originally written for Ackbar was given to Admiral Raddus, who would later join the Battle of Scarif in the film. Personally, we're a little relieved that Ackbar didn't suffer Raddus' fate in Rogue One.

Ackbar might not be in Rogue One but that doesn't mean we get to see him again in the new films. The character appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and returned again in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Do you think Admiral Ackbar should have been in Rogue One? Sound off in the comments below.

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