‘Star Wars Rebels’: Dave Filoni On Final Season & Franchise Future

Star Wars RebelsStar Wars Rebels is currently airing its fourth and final season. Executive producer Dave Filoni along with the animation team have crafted a remarkable series that has beautifully bridged the gap between the prequel trilogy/The Clone Wars era and the original trilogy.

Season four is serving as the culmination of all the events that the Ghost crew has gone through since we were first introduced to them in 2014. Since then, the characters have become immediate fan-favorites in the galaxy far, far away thanks to terrific storytelling and character development.

Filoni spoke to io9 about the final season, discussing how they brought the story together in a satisfying way:

“Everything [in season four] is kind of magnified. You have to look at the whole season and say, ‘This is all the space I have to tell this story of how this all goes.’ So you can’t waste anything. Especially knowing where the galaxy’s at by the end of it. We have a pretty good idea based on the films what we’re dealing with. So those are the challenges. But I have to say I’m pretty pleased with how it all worked out in the end.”

As for his future post-Rebels, Filoni is optimistic for his future in the franchise:

“I have an incredibly talented group of people working here [at Lucasfilm]. They’ve worked for me all 12 years that I’ve been here. So I feel indebted to them and want to keep creating work for them so they can use their abilities and tell great stories. I also want to keep pushing myself into areas that are challenging and new. I’ve had a lot of experience now interacting with live-action directors like Rian Johnson who’s been really wonderful to me and showing me what their production is like.

I want to celebrate stories, and it doesn’t matter what medium its in. I don’t care — big screen, small screen — I just need space to tell a story. And do it as best I can. That’s my goal in the end. So we’ll have to see what form that takes in the future. …But let’s just put it this way. I learned from the best.”

Star Wars Rebels features the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr. as Kanan Jarrus, Taylor Gray as Ezra Bridger, Vanessa Marshall as Hera Syndulla, Tiya Sircar as Sabine Wren, Steven Blum as Zeb Orrelios, David Oyelowo as Agent Kallus, Dee Bradley Baker as Rex, Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma, Keone Young as Commander Sato, Stephen Stanton as AP-5, Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano, Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera, Lars Mikkelsen as Grand Admiral Thrawn and Warwick Davis as Ruhk.

Star Wars Rebels airs Mondays on Disney XD.

Source: io9

5 Ways ‘The Last Jedi’ Links To Greater ‘Star Wars’ Canon

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Star Wars The Last JediStar Wars: The Last Jedi is right around the corner. The film is the next chapter in the ongoing Skywalker saga. It’s also unique in the Star Wars films as it is the first one to be an immediate sequel to its predecessor. But that does not mean there won’t be plenty of Easter eggs for fans of the greater Star Wars canon to pick up on and enjoy.

One of the biggest criticisms about the previous Star Wars canon, now dubbed Legends, is that ancillary material never connected. Since Disney has taken over and the establishment of the Star Wars Story Group, that has all changed. The modus operandi has been to have everything connect but not in an intrusive way– one that feels more natural to reward the more hardcore fans as well as to intrigue new fans.

Here are 5 ways The Last Jedi links to greater Star Wars canon. Click Next to get started!

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