At this point, you’re only mere hours away from getting some play time with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which is released today. The game presents a whole new canon Star Wars story that follows a Padawan named Cal Kestis, played by Cameron Monaghan, after Order 66, when the Empire hunted and killed all the remaining Jedi.
From playing Rogue Squadron on an N64 as a kid to seeing the prequel films as they released, Monaghan had a long history and rich knowledge of all things Star Wars to inform his performance. When Esquire asked what it meant to now become a part of Star Wars history, Monaghan replied, “It’s wild. It’s incredible. It’s also amazing to be the first narrative, single-player-based game for this generation.”
Monaghan’s Cal also brings an interesting perspective we haven’t yet seen from a Jedi. “I think that Cal’s upbringing is very unique, in the sense that he grew up in the Jedi Republic and him being trained was part of the status quo for the first 13 years of his life,” Monaghan says. “And then for that all to be ripped away from him through pretty drastic and violent measures. But he still has retained a certain sense of optimism as well, and a good heart and a strong set of principals and morals.”
Check out the full video for more on Monaghan’s experience performing in the title, the recent Hollywood spike in the gaming industry, and his nostalgia for the Prequel Trilogy. And read our review of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order while you’re at it.