Star Wars Celebration is upon us, and fans of the franchise have taken over Orlando, Florida for four whole days. The event will celebrate everything we have come to love about Star Wars, and gives us a lot of news and sneak peaks for what we'll see in the future.
While our fingers are crossed for footage from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Christmas came early for fans, because #Lucasfilm is producing a new animated web series centered around the universe's most badass female heroes from all eras. And some familiar actresses are coming back to reprise their roles.
Star Wars Forces Of Destiny Brings Female Heroes Into The Spotlight
Star Wars Forces of Destiny will give us more stories featuring Rey (The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi), Jyn Erso (Rogue One), Padmé Amidala (Episodes I-III), Ashoka Tano (Clone Wars), Sabine Wren (Star Wars Rebels), and of course, Princess Leia.
The episodes will be about 2-3 minutes in length, and they will remain true to Star Wars canon. #DaisyRidley will return to voice Rey and #FelicityJones will voice her widely popular character from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Jyn Erso. Lupita Nyong’o will return to voice Maz Kanata (The Force Awakens), who will serve as a narrator for the series. Shelby Young (Leia Organa), Catherine Taber (Padmé Amidala), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), and Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano) will all return to their roles from the hit animated shows Star Wars Rebels and Clone Wars.
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The series will premiere in July 2017 exclusively on the Disney YouTube channel, but it will be re-released as a two-part TV special with eight additional shorts on the Disney Channel in the fall of 2017. The series will be accompanied by a toy line — in true Disney fashion — which will be produced by Hasbro.
Since the beginning of the franchise, Star Wars has always made great strides to showcase powerful independent women, with Carrie Fisher paving the way for actresses like Daisy Ridley and Felicity Jones to be the main stars of later films. Star Wars Forces of Destiny looks like it is going to be a lot of fun and continue the Star Wars tradition of keeping badass women in the forefront.
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