The Star Wars animated series have been some of the best Star Wars material fans have enjoyed in years. Yeah, I’m looking at you Phantom Menace. This Fall fans will be introduced to Star Wars: Rebels, the latest Star Wars animation incarnation. One critical factor in the success of the Star Wars mythos is a good villain. Star Wars: Rebels brings us a new Star Wars villain: The Inquisitor. Who’s voicing the role?
Lucasfilm has cast a very recognizable voice in actor Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter, Avatar: The Last Airbender) to take on the villainous role of the Inquisitor. That’s right, Lucious Marlfoy will be hunting down rebels throughout the Empire.
He’s got a great voice for the role. We’ve all seen his ability to speak with a tone that oozes malice and danger. Entertainment Weekly recently spoke with Lucasfilm Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo, author and illustrator, about the character, the casting, and the series. When asked about the Inquisitor Hidalgo said:
“He’s cold, he’s analytical, he doesn’t get angry. We all took care to make sure our villains have real presence and our heroes just can’t walk all over him. This isn’t like cartoons I grew up with in the 80s where you’d have the villain lose every week and yet every week we’d have to believe he’s some sort of threat. When The Inquisitor shows up, it means something significant and it’s a definite challenge for our heroes.”
Here’s the latest promotional video that includes Isaac’s take on the character, take a look and then let’s discuss.
One very important detail is that the Inquisitor is not a Sith, although he does tap into the Dark Side of the Force. I’m sure we’ll find out the distinction at one point or another during the series. The Inquisitor is a Pau’an, (from the cavernous planet of Utapau) the race first seen in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
As one would expect, Disney and Lucasfilm will have tons of merchandise to promote the series and make a few billion bucks. There’s the action figure, toy saber, and Marquette statue pictured below.
We’re already seeing some Star Wars: Rebels cosplay pop up at conventions and we’re sure to see a lot more once the series hits the small screen.
Via: Entertainment Weekly