Yesterday brought a brand-new Star Wars Rebels trailer and series creator Dave Filoni is on hand to break down what we can expect from season 4.
In an interview with EW, executive producer Dave Filoni starts off by explaining that the Ghost crew will finally unite with the other rebel cells and form the larger Rebellion from the original trilogy, but it will be a struggle to rebuild:
“I don’t think of them at the end of season 3 as too victorious, as much as they just got away. They lost a lot of resources, they lost the initiative to have an attack to free the world of Lothal or knock out the Imperial factory there. In the end, yes they got away, but that’s kind of all they got. Now they have a lot less.”
Perhaps one of the cooler name-drops in the new trailer was that of Director Orson Krennic, the Death Star project supervisor whom we were introduced to in Rogue One. However, Filoni warns not to expect a physical appearance:
“Name-dropping. It’s always fun to make it feel like it’s part of this big world … But the cape alone would be half my budget, just to make it flow.”
Filoni goes on to explain that at one point he thought of doing a scene with the entire rogue’s gallery of Star Wars villains but scrapped the idea because he thought it might seem cheesy:
“I was imagining a shot with Vader and Krennic and the Emperor, but it’s like having a cape convention with those guys. Then you have Tarkin and Thrawn, and it starts to look like a Legion of Bad Guys. When you get too many bizarre Star Wars villains together, I don’t know if it works for me.”
Speaking of Thrawn, the blue-skinned villain will be returning in the new season, and he wants better and faster ships in order to crush the Rebellion:
“Thrawn sees value in building better fighter craft, especially to fight the more equipped Rebel ships like X-wings. Not everybody shares that point of view, though. As in all things, there’s competition for funding and power. We’ll see a little of that politicking in the Empire.”
Dave Filoni also brought up another returning character, Saw Gerrera, the insurgent from Rogue One. As opposed to the rather diplomatic resistance pursued by the Rebel Alliance, Saw’s more extreme outlook will be further defined in the upcoming season:
“Saw’s always seeking his own path, and he’s certain of the evil the Empire’s up to and there can be no peace. He’s been pushed even further down that path of belief.”
Finally, Filoni talked about just how the Rebellion will coalesce this season under leaders like Mon Mothma and Bail Organa. As opposed to Gerrera, Filoni says, they still believe peace and freedom can be achieved without the need for violent, all-out warfare:
“[They] still hold out hope the Senate can find a peaceful way to resolve everything, and it won’t come to all-out war. Saw is trying to get the evidence and prove out that he’s right. We have some fun scenes when he interacts with Mon Mothma and it shows the fractures between the two.”
Star Wars Rebels was created by Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sherlock Holmes), and Carrie Beck. The Lucasfilm animated series is executive-produced by Filoni and Kinberg.
The series features the voice cast of Freddie Prinze Jr. as Kanan, Vanessa Marshall as Hera, Steve Blum as Zeb, Tiya Sircar as Sabine, Taylor Gray as Ezra, Sam Witwer as Maul, Dee Bradley Baker as Captain Rex, David Oyelowo as Agent Kallus, and Lars Mikkelsen as Grand Admiral Thrawn.
Star Wars Rebels Season 3 is available on Blu-ray and DVD today. You can check out the full list of special features included on the home release here and also watch the first trailer for Season 4 here.
Star Wars Rebels is set to return later this fall for its fourth and final season. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the Star Wars franchise as we learn it.
8 ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off Movies We Really Want To See
May the 4th be with you, everyone! Even on May the 8th! With Star Wars weekend in the rear-view mirror, it’s still a great time to kick back, get out your old glow-in-the-dark lightsaber toys and Darth Vader Halloween masks, and pop in those original trilogy DVDs. Maybe even all 8 currently-released films, if you’re up for the challenge (both mental and otherwise). Speaking of which, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just came out on Blu-ray, marking the first home release of many Star Wars spin-off movies to come.
Of these, only one future title has been confirmed – Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, to be released in May of 2018. Beyond that, we know Disney had at least two more planned, and probably more down the line. And why not? The Star Wars universe is so ripe for exploration. There are so many characters we were introduced to in the Saga movies that could easily get their own film. And it doesn’t stop there. The legacy of the Jedi and the Sith go back thousands of years, opening up virtually endless possibilities of story material.
Given this abundance of material just waiting to be tapped into, Heroic Hollywood decided to celebrate the Star Wars holiday by compiling a list of the Star Wars stand-alone movies we’d most like to see. While some of the films on this list are more likely to be developed than others, they each share one unifying factor: they’d all be freakin’ awesome!
Heroic Hollywood proudly presents the 8 ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off Movies We Really Want To See! Click next to get started. And may the Force be with you!