A First Look at the 'Star Wars' Animated Series ‘Forces of Destiny’
A crucial part of keeping Star Wars alive and profitable is bringing in new audiences that weren't around for the second wave of movies. To combat the challenge of keeping a forty year-old franchise with mostly male characters relatable to half the population, Lucasfilm is creating an animated series for children that focuses on the female heroes.
Star Wars' Forces of Destiny will consist of eight 2D shorts that follow the likes of Princess Leia from the original trilogy, Padmé Amidala from the prequels, Rey from The Force Awakens, Jyn Erso from Rogue One, and three characters from the animated Rebels series: warrior Sabine Wren, Jedi Ahsoka Tano (who first appeared in Clone Wars), and pilot Hera Syndulla.
The heroines will lead both solo adventures and cross paths within the galaxy, assuming they were alive at the same time (don't expect Padmé and Jyn to team up). It will be a neat opportunity to see the heroines, normally separated by literally space and time, interact with each other. The show will premiere with eight three-minute episodes on Disney YouTube starting in summer, before showcasing them with eight additional new episodes in a Disney special this fall.
Daisy Ridley, Felicity Jones, and Lupita Nyong'o will be reprising their respective roles from the movies, which gives the series some added weight that should help solidify its canon status. Princess Leia will be voiced by Shelby Young (The Social Network) and Padmé Amidala by Catherine Taber, who played her in Clone Wars. The episodes are written by Jennifer Muro, best known for DC's Justice League Action, and directed by Brad Rau, one of the directors for the aforementioned Rebels shorts.
"This new series of shorts just opens up a whole new realm of possibilities," executive producer Dave Filoni says in the promo video above. Keep your eyes peeled for Star Wars Forces of Destiny on Disney's YouTube channel this July.
Via: Entertainment Weekly