On the latest episode of The Star Wars Show, co-host Anthony Carboni sat down with Lucasfilm VP of animation development Carrie Beck to discuss the upcoming Star Wars Forces of Destiny series.
Star Wars Forces of Destiny is a series of eight 2-D animated female led shorts that will highlight the female heroes of the Star Wars galaxy in an effort to attract more female fans to the Lucasfilm franchise.
When asked about how the development team decided what stories to tell in Forces of Destiny, Beck explained that they looked for moments that would showcase heroic moments that build great character:
“We looked at the stories that are being told right now and then given the knowledge we have about where we might go in the future we started to look for what were the examples of the moments that would display those acts of everyday heroism, the small moments of courage, of bravery, of just the moments that build great character.”
To watch the full interview and hear Beck discuss her role as VP of animation development and how she got started at Lucasfilm you can check out the latest episode of The Star Wars Show below which also includes lightsaber training with the Saber Guild fan group and an unboxing of a full-scale life-size R2-D2 from Sideshow Collectibles.
Star Wars Forces of Destiny will feature the voices of Daisy Ridley as Rey, Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, Tiya Sircar as Sabine Wren, Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano, Vanessa Marshall as Hera Syndulla, and Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata. In addition, Shelby Young will take on the role of Princess Leia due to the untimely passing of Carrie Fisher. A yet to be named actress is also taking over for Natalie Portman as the voice of Padmé Amidala.
Disney will premiere the series on the network’s YouTube channel with the series set to be joined by an additional eight shorts in a pair of TV specials airing on the Disney Channel.
Star Wars Forces of Destiny will be available on Disney YouTube this July.
10 Best Moments From The ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Teaser Trailer
The wait is finally over, folks. The first trailer for the eagerly-anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiered at Star Wars Celebration Orlando to rapturous applause. Now that the world has been given an official first look at what happens following the events of The Force Awakens, let’s rundown through 10 of the best moments from this incredible trailer.
These moments will range from what new story details have been revealed to just plain exciting moments of cinematic wonder that only a film series like Star Wars can conjure up. So without further ado, let’s rundown 10 highlights from this new trailer.
1. Ahch-To at sunset
In one of the first shots from the trailer, we get this gorgeous image of the island we last left Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on. We already saw how director J.J. Abrams visually caught the imagery of this beautiful island, but seeing Rian Johnson’s unique aesthetic capture the environment already sets an exciting precedent for what is certainly going to be one of the most visually dynamic Star Wars films yet.
2. Kylo remnants
In this shot, we see the crushed up remains of the mask of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). When we last left him, we see him vulnerable after his embarrassing loss against Rey in their incredible lightsaber duel. Now, Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) is ready to help Kylo Ren complete his training. Does this crushed mask symbolize a new transformation for the character?
3. A mysterious book
We then get a close up of a gloved hand gently surveying this mysterious book. From the looks of it, it looks related to the Jedi. But could this be the Journal of the Whills? Is this book used by Luke as a reference in Rey’s training? Perhaps we will have to wait and see.
4. Lightsaber training
“It’s so much bigger.”
This incredible helicopter shot around the island is truly beautiful. We see Rey swinging around her lightsaber as she continues her training with Luke. She’s only getting a hint at the true scope of what the Force really is all about, and she still has no idea at how big her journey will truly get.
5. AT-ATs on the horizon?
We see three ships piloting down some interesting terrain on an unknown planet. The design of these ships is intriguing, but if you look closely at this shot you can see what looks like AT-AT walkers on the horizon. Much like how The Force Awakens paid tribute to A New Hope, perhaps The Last Jedi finds ways to pay tribute to The Empire Strikes Back.
6. Still asleep…
Finn (John Boyega) was left in a coma after suffering a major blow in a lightsaber duel against Kylo Ren. This is the only shot we get of him in the trailer, but it looks like he has been transferred to some sort of rehabilitation chamber. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see the former stormtrooper in action, but perhaps they are saving some of his exciting adventures for the next trailer. Hopefully, he won’t be taking a backseat. After all, he is one of our new heroes in this trilogy.
7. Poe & BB-8 on the run
The dashing Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and his trusty droid BB-8 are shown running through a Resistance base as a major attack has been unleashed. As they run towards their X-Wing, a major explosion occurs. We don’t get to see if their X-Wing survives the explosion, but this one helluva pilot is certainly going to shine in The Last Jedi.
8. Falcon takes flight
There is no such thing as too many Millennium Falcon shots. We see the iconic ship soaring through the cloudy skies as TIE Fighters are shooting towards it. Rey took the Falcon along with Chewbacca and R2-D2 to Ach-To to find Luke. Maybe the four of them eventually escape the island at some point in the film.
Here, we have an intimidating shot of Kylo Ren with his lightsaber ignited towards the camera. Is he ready to duel against Rey again? Or maybe he’s about to fight against his uncle Luke Skywalker… Who knows, but he’s certainly not going to embarrass himself this time around.
10. “It’s time for the Jedi to end.”
In what will undoubtedly be the most quoted line in this trailer, Luke laments to Rey that the Jedi must come to an end. Daisy Ridley expressed during the panel that sometimes, meeting your own heroes may lead you to different directions. This quote is certainly an indication that something’s up with Luke. But what? Looks like we’ll have to wait until December 15 to get all the answers (and perhaps even more questions).
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will arrive in our galaxy on December 15.