A new interview with the Star Wars: Forces of Destiny head writer gives us new details on the show. Meanwhile, a teaser trailer confirms that many of the original voice actresses will return to reprise their roles.
Star Wars: Forces of Destiny is a 2D animated web series premiering in July. It’s a look at the women of Star Wars, crossing eras and media. It’s an anthology series that will feature Rey, Jyn Erso, Ahsoka Tano, Sabine Wren, and more in original adventures.
The interview and an earlier teaser confirm that quite a few of the original actresses are onboard.
- Daisy Ridley as Rey, the Force prodigy from Episode VII.
- Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, the spy who stole the Death Star plans.
- Tiya Sircar as Sabine Wren, a crewmember on an early Rebel Alliance ship.
- Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano, the one-time apprentice of Anakin Skywalker.
Although at least one episode features Padme Amidala, it doesn’t appear that Natalie Portman will be in the voiceover booth. It also seems there are at least two episodes centered on Princess Leia, set before A New Hope and during Return of the Jedi. No word on who will fill in for the late lamented Carrie Fisher.
Along with the Den of Geek interview comes a new trailer, showing snippets of several episodes. Head writer Jennifer Muro (Justice League Action¸DC Super Hero Girls) describes how she hopes to show the “everyday heroism” of the women of Star Wars.
“Felicity is going to do an amazing job. It’s so great to have her,” Muro commented. “They may not be epic moments for Jyn, but it’s nice to see a peek into the smaller moments.”
The show looks promising, with a clean and crisp art style reminiscent of Samurai Jack. A look at what happens between the big cinematic set pieces is a great idea. After all, it’s what made Star Wars: The Clone Wars work so well.
Star Wars: Forces of Destiny will debut on YouTube in July, with a TV broadcast the next fall. Star Wars and Disney in general have been making great strides in their depictions of women. It’s nice to see a project wholly devoted to filling this gap in the Star Wars lore.