Disney and Lucasfilm have revealed the first look at Star Wars Forces of Destiny, a series of eight new 2-D animated female led shorts that will highlight the female heroes of the galaxy in an effort to attract more female fans to the Lucasfilm franchise.
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 later joined by an additional eight shorts in a pair of TV specials airing on the Disney Channel. You can watch the first look below.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Forces of Destiny will feature shorts set within Star Wars: The Force Awakens including a short with Rey, Han Solo, Chewbacca and Finn appearing on board the Millenium Falcon as Rey disarms an explosive tracking device secretly placed on the ship by the junkboss Unkar Plutt. In the case of Jyn Erso, her short will obviously take place before the end of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
What is especially interesting is that Star Wars Forces of Destiny will feature different heroines from multiple eras in the franchise in shorts together and somehow it’s all going to be official canon. Executive producer and Lucasfilm story group member Carrie Beck explained to the magazine:
“One of the opportunities here was to tell the stories in between the larger moments and imagine some of the ways our characters have crossed. It’s all part of the larger swath of storytelling.”
Beck also highlighted the franchises inclusiveness as she expressed to the magazine that Star Wars is something everyone should feel a part of:
“We didn’t want to put them in a false social construct. They’re meeting each other on Star Wars terms. “No part of Star Wars should feel like, ‘That’s the fake Star Wars, over there.’ No matter who you are, or how young you are, you want to feel like you are sharing the same thing your dad and mom love, that your grandparents love. You want to feel like you are a part of it.”
Fans of the Disney XD animated series Star Wars Rebels will be happy to see the films crossing over with the animated series as another short will feature Princess Leia teaming up with Hera for an adventure with Han Solo and the Ewoks on the forest moon of Endor. One of Leia’s other shorts set just before the Battle of Hoth took inspiration from the deleted scene with the Wampa in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
A new line of Hasbro “Adventure Figure” toys will also be accompanying the new shorts. The new toys will blend traditional dolls with hair and changeable outfits with action figure like attacks unique to the characters. Most of the single figures will be available for $19.99, however, figures with elaborate playsets are set at $24.99. A deluxe Chewbacca fully covered with fur will also run for $29.99.
Star Wars Forces of Destiny will be available on Disney YouTube this July.
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You can check out the first images from Star Wars Forces of Destiny as well as photos of the Hasbro toys premiered by EW below.