“Don’t think everything needs to be connected”: Fans Point Out Major Star Wars Problem if Cameron Monaghan Plays Live Action Cal Kestis

Bringing Cal Kestis into live-action could strengthen Star Wars if done properly

"Don't think everything needs to be connected": Fans Point Out Major Star Wars Problem if Cameron Monaghan Plays Live Action Cal Kestis


  • Cameron Monaghan open to playing Cal Kestis in live-action Star Wars.
  • Some fans warn too much connectivity risks diminishing Star Wars.
  • Live-action role could resolve lingering questions from the games.
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At a recent fan convention, Cameron Monaghan expressed openness to portraying his Star Wars Jedi video game character Cal Kestis in a live-action film or series. The actor has brought the fan-favorite Jedi padawan to life over two critically acclaimed games set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. However, some fans reacted with hesitation, fearing the increasing interconnectivity risks diminishing what makes Star Wars special.


Cameron Monaghan Open to Playing Cal Kestis in Live-Action Star Wars

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Cal Kestis

As per The Direct, speaking at FanExpo Vancouver, Cameron Monaghan said he’d reprise his fan-favorite role under the right circumstances. 

“It would have to be right. By that I mean, it has to continue the story or the character in some way. I don’t want him to just kind of show up to stand around and be there. I want him to mean something and for there to be a significance for the character itself. So, it would have to make sense. But in the right context then, yeah, absolutely.” he explained.

While exciting for gamers, other fans pushed back on social media, arguing too much connectivity could backfire. Ultimately, the question boils down to balance. Lean too heavily into interconnectivity and forced cameos, and Cal’s live-action debut could buckle under the weight. But isolate him completely, and you squander the potential for organic links enriching the broader saga. Here are a few fan reactions: 



The solution lies somewhere in the middle – allow room for Cal’s story to breathe as needed, but leave doors open for crossover if a compelling narrative justification arises. For example, a glimpse of Cal aiding refugees fleeing the Empire’s oppression could make sense while still leaving his adventures largely self-contained. The key is letting great storytelling, not mandated continuity, dictate the path. If handled with care, Cal in live-action could substantially widen Star Wars’ horizons.


What Impact Could a Live-Action Cal Kestis Have?

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Cameron Monaghan as Cal Kestis

Introduced in 2019’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Cal Kestis is a Jedi padawan who survived Order 66. His story has unfolded over two video games taking place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.

Some fans have speculated Cal Kestis could fit into the newly announced Star Wars projects in development. However, weaving his story too tightly with existing characters could diminish his independence. 

Keeping Cal’s live-action role self-contained with room for character growth may be the wisest path. Star Wars has struggled when leaning too heavily on interconnectivity, like Solo’s attempt to over-explain iconic characters’ backgrounds. Allowing Cal space for his own journey preserves the exciting potential.


What Questions Could a Live-Action Cal Kestis Answer?

Cal Kestis
Cal Kestis

While avoiding over-reliance on existing characters, a live-action Cal appearance could resolve unanswered questions from the games. Fans still debate mysteries about his past and origins. Addressing these loose threads would expand Cal’s story without straining wider continuity. And they’d reward fans of the games.

In the end, Cameron Monaghan’s willingness to reprise his breakout Star Wars role should excite fans. However, realizing the potential requires care to avoid overstuffing continuity. Weaving too tight a web risks diminishing what makes his story so compelling. Cal Kestis deserves room to flourish on his own terms.


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