Rey, Leia, Jyn take centre stage in Forces of Destiny

Disney have released a first look at a new animated series of eight 2-D animated Star Wars shorts.

The series will debut on Disney’s YouTube channel in July. And each is about three minutes long.

The shorts celebrate the women of the Star Wars universe so feature Princess Leia from the original trilogy era, Padmé Amidala from the prequels, Rey from The Force Awakens, Rogue One’s Jyn Erso, and a trio from the animated Rebels series: the Mandalorian warrior Sabine Wren, Jedi Ahsoka Tano, and Twi’lek pilot Hera Syndulla.

In some of the films, more than one heroine will appear – although the producers insist they won’t be crossing timelines.

Star Wars: Forces of Destiny

 

The characters will be voiced by many of the actresses who have played them already, Daisy Ridley is back as Rey and Felicity Jones will resurrect Jyn Erso for adventures that pre-date the climax of Rogue One.

Star Wars: Forces of Destiny

From Rebels, Tiya Sircar will voice bounty hunter Sabine Wren, Ashley Eckstein will return as Ahsoka Tano, a character she has been playing since the earlier Clone Wars animated series, and Vanessa Marshall will return as Hera Syndulla.

Lupita Nyong’o will narrate the stories as her character Maz Kanata.

Star Wars: Forces of Destiny

Carrie Fisher sadly won’t be the voice of Princess Leia, instead she will be voiced by Shelby Young, and Natalie Portman’s Padme will be voiced by Catherine Taber.

 

One Forces of Destiny story involves Rey battling the thieving Jakku scavenger Teedo to protect BB-8 while on their way to Niima Outpost for their fateful encounter with Finn. Another involves a battle with the nightwatcher worm, a creature with glowing eyes who was seen only briefly in The Force Awakens, lifting its head out of the sand.

Another short takes place aboard the Millennium Falcon with Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Finn as Rey tries to disarm an explosive tracking device hidden aboard the craft by Unkar Plutt.

A Princess Leia short set just before the battle of Hoth was inspired by a deleted scene from The Empire Strikes Back, in which she, C-3PO, R2-D2, and Chewbacca face down a ferocious Wampa who’s trapped inside the Rebel ice base.

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