Princess Leia Confirmed for the Star Wars Rebels Midseason Premiere

Monday, 11 January 2016 - 1:45PM
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Monday, 11 January 2016 - 1:45PM
Princess Leia Confirmed for the Star Wars Rebels Midseason Premiere
As promised, Star Wars Rebels is bringing another classic trilogy character into the mix: none other than Princess Leia Organa. Leia will appear in the midseason premiere, "A Princess in Lothal," which is set to air next week.



Many fans had already guessed that Leia was coming (the name of the episode isn't exactly subtle), but TV Insider has finally confirmed it. The episode will see Leia travel to Lothal on a secret mission to bring ships to the rebel fleet, a mission which is thwarted by an unannounced Imperial lockdown.

We know from The Force Awakens that Leia eventually becomes General Organa, and leader of the Resistance. But since the series takes place between the prequel and original trilogies, Leia is still a teenager, and very much a part of the Empire. Showrunner Dave Filoni previewed Leia's conflicted loyalties in the episode, and her role as a double agent working within the Empire:

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"We thought we had an opportunity to show her learning to be a leader, experimenting with the personality that becomes the stronger more resolute character you see in A New Hope," Filoni said. "One of the complex challenges of depicting Leia in Rebels is that we have to remind the audience that at this point she is part of the Empire. She doesn't believe in the Empire, but she is acting the part, almost a double agent."
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"A Princess in Lothal" airs on January 20 at 8pm ET on Disney XD.
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