The actor who plays Cal Kestis in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor explains how and why the character has changed over the years

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Last week we could see at The Game Awards the new trailer for Star Wars Jedi: Survivor and the release date: March 17, 2023. With it came an extensive look at the Jedi hero named Cal Kestis, a young man who has clearly undergone some major changes since the end of Fallen Order.

For starters, he’s got a new look: Cal has ditched the Fallen Order poncho and now has a more adventurous air that is close to the style of Han Solo. He has grown facial hair and his lightsaber also evolves as he becomes more powerful and resourceful.

But the changes are not just superficial. IGN has had the opportunity to speak with the actor de Cal, Cameron Monaghan, before the trailer was released. The main theme is how her character has been affected in the five years between Fallen Order and Survivor. Though he’s still very much the Cal Kestis we knew then, the plight of the Jedi and his own precarious position in trying to save the Order are starting to take a toll on him.

“Cal’s world view begins to change as well”says Monaghan. “Desperate times call for desperate measures, and he even has a hard time understanding what he’s trying to protect, or where he should be going.”

“The Empire is expanding rapidly and very aggressively, reaching even into the smallest and farthest corners of the galaxy. And I think from their perspective, going from planet to planet and seeing an increasingly desperate situation must be a very lonely. I can imagine how much this would weigh on someone.”

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Although Monaghan denied that the visual comparison we made between Cal and Han Solo went beyond the suits (“Nobody’s Harrison Ford except Harrison Ford,” he said), he did add that both share some inadvertent similarities.

“[Cal es] He’s more mature, he’s more robust and he’s weathered by time and situations,” Monaghan said. “He’s still a very young man. But actually I think he seems a little older than he is because he’s been through a lot. And that was something that he wanted to be reflected in the interpretation as well, to see that he is still a young soul, but he is also overweight for his years. And there’s a wisdom and self-awareness about him that I find interesting, but sometimes you also have to be a bit of a scoundrel to get ahead. You have to be a little mischievous and know when and how to counterattack.”

Given the galactic situation and the knowledge that the public has of how it evolves for A New Hope, we asked Monaghan if there was any hope that Cal would get a happy ending to his story.

“It depends on what you define as a happy ending, right?” he replied. “If you get significant change and achieve what you set out to do, I think that’s in some way satisfying or meaningful.”

“One of the cool things we’re doing with exploring the Jedi is try to understand what it means to be on the light side of the force. Especially when you’re in situations that are increasingly desperate and difficult, and you don’t necessarily have a right answer.”

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As grim as this all sounds to Cal, the Cal Kestis we meet can also be very light-hearted, especially with his friend BD-1, who has joined Cal since Survivor. His other crewmates, like Cere, are on their own thing, but Monaghan has a good time with the robot.

Yaddle and Cal, exploring the universe, together forever.

“We have a wonderful actor on the set named Gideon Emery, and we have a 3D printed version. [a tamaño real] the BD. [Emery] he has a flute or nasal whistle that he wears on his face. It’s like a little piece of plastic that she wears… And so she makes noises to imitate BD, playing him as a puppet.”

“Gideon has been there from the beginning. There was a shoot where we couldn’t have BD, and I said to myself, ‘We’re missing a character in scenes.’ I was really grateful when we brought in Gideon, because he really brings a dynamic and wonderful energy.”

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The relationship between Cal and BD-1 will continue to be very special in Survivor.

Cal and BD-1 are still a dream team, but Monaghan claims there’s another partner that would be perfect for Cal, and it’s a bit unusual: Jedi Master Yaddle.

“Yaddle and Cal, Exploring the Universe, Together Forever”said Monaghan wistfully. Then he laughed and added, “No, I don’t know. I think we’re going to see a couple of people who… Between the first game and this one, I can’t say for sure, except that there are really cool things. I was excited to see what we could do.” do”.

The release of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is scheduled for the March 17, 2023 on Xbox Series, PC and PlayStation 5. You still have plenty of time to catch up on Fallen Order before it’s released.

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