Star Wars Rebels is back to continue it’s season two run on January 20, and when it returns, it’s going to bring in a much-loved legacy character. The show, set in the timeline between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope, has already had guest appearances from Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, C-3PO, Clone Wars fan-favorite Ahsoka Tano, Lando Calrissian and Darth Vader. Now we have our favourite princess from Alderaan paying a visit to the show.
TV Insider has the details, which center on Princess Leia arriving on Lothal, the central planet of the series, to acquire some new ships for the fledgling Rebellion. Star Wars: Rebels’ executive producer/supervising director Dave Filoni explained to StarWars.com where exactly she is at this time:
“One of the complex challenges of depicting Leia in Rebels is that we have to remind the audience that she is part of the Empire at this point….She doesn’t believe in the Empire, but she is acting the part, almost as a double agent. The Empire sees her as a privileged princess who runs mercy missions to wayward worlds, but in truth she is much stronger and more dangerous than they imagine.”
Leia here is voiced not by Carrie Fisher but rather Julie Dolan, who also portrays the character in games Star Wars: Uprising and Disney Infinity’s The Force Awakens.
Leia is currently only slated to appear in this episode, “A Princess on Lothal”, but don’t rule out her popping up again. Disney have been smart in including legacy characters whilst not relying on them; after all, you’re not creating tension when you place a character you know will survive in any form of jeopardy.
Keep in mind too that Star Wars Rebels is not merely your kid’s Star Wars. With excellent characters, good plotting and extremely tight storytelling – not to mention it’s littered with so many aural and visual references and callbacks – that mature viewers will find it thoroughly nostalgic as they watch all-new and exciting Star Wars stories. And as a primer for set-in-the-same-timeline Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, out in December, it couldn’t be better.
The Star Wars: Rebels episode “A Princess on Lothal” premiers January 20 at 9/8c on Disney XD.