Star Wars Rebels Dave Filoni and select members of the voice cast were on hand for the Rebels Season 4 Panel today at Star Wars Celebration Orlando. Joining Filoni on the panel were the show’s principal cast, including Freddie Prinze Jr., Taylor Gray, Vanessa Marshall, Tiya Sircar and Steven Blum. The panel was streaming live on the Star Wars YouTube Channel. Be sure to check back later for the archived panel.
During the panel, Filoni spoke about the importance of the highly-anticipated rematch between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Maul, voiced by Stephen Stanton and Sam Witwer, respectively.
Here’s what Filoni said about why the inevitable showdown had to happen:
“It was something we’d discussed ever since Maul came back. It’s not just about bringing Maul back but you also look at how it affects the character of Obi-Wan. And Obi-Wan had always been seen as this Jedi that took out this Sith Lord before the Clone Wars – it was kind of a validating thing for him and in a way when we were on the Clone Wars we were like it’s kind of sad because he loses that mantle and then we started to go down the list of what’s going to happen to Maul at the end and then you’re like ‘I don’t know if I feel right about anybody else taking him out except Obi-Wan.’ So what became clear was that it’s a character arc for Maul and a character arc for Obi-Wan.”
Expect to hear more Star Wars Rebels news as the weekend continues. And be sure to check back right here on Heroic Hollywood for all of our Star Wars and Star Wars Rebels coverage from this year’s Star Wars Celebration.
Star Wars Rebels will return for its fourth and final season this fall on Disney XD.