‘Star Wars Rebels’ Showrunner On Connecting Mortis To The Series

star-wars-rebels-mortisWhen Star Wars: The Clone Wars debuted back in 2008, it expanded the Star Wars universe and mythology in many ways. In the series third season, the series introduced fans to the Father, the Daughter and the son as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka Tano spent a number of episodes on the planet Mortis. By far some of the weirder episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, these episodes really dived deep into the Force with The Daughter being an avatar for the light side of the Force, the Son being the dark side, and the Father keeping them in balance.

Earlier this morning, Lucasfilm debuted the final trailer for Star Wars Rebels which surpringly featured the trio and led to plenty of fan questions about their role in the final episodes of the series. While not giving too much away, series showrunner Dave Filoni spoke with Nerdist and commented on bringing the Mortis mythology to Star Wars Rebels.

“I just really like in movies when there is a sense of history and a deep sense of time passage, and I always felt that’s what mentioning the Clone Wars really gave me in A New Hope. You know, hearing about this this larger context. It’s something that speaks to a sense of history and mythology and just almost like a folklore that exists in the Star Wars universe. Mortis is such a weird, otherworldly thing in The Clone Wars; so because it echoes around in my head, it’s always a possibility that it creeps in things that I do. I found some opportunities with things we were doing [on Rebels] and I said, ‘Well, we’ve got something I can use. Let’s do it.’ It just made sense and everybody was pretty excited about it when it was happening.”

Are you excited to see how Mortis and the trio will factor into the Star Wars Rebels finale? I definitely am. Let us know how you think they will in the comments section below.

Star Wars Rebels returns Monday, February 19 at 9pm EDT on Disney XD. 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, Dee Bradley Baker as Captain Rex, David Oyelowo as Agent Kallus, Lars Mikkelsen as Grand Admiral Thrawn, and Warwick Davis as Rukh.

Source: Nerdist

10 Women Who Should Direct A ‘Star Wars’ Film

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Star Wars The Last Jedi Disney LucasfilmEverybody’s talking about Star Wars right now. Mostly good, but others not so good. Fandom is divided.

Another topic on everybody’s mind is Hollywood’s treatment of women and representation. Natalie Portman made a comment during the 75th Annual Golden Globes ceremony when introducing the Best Director category,  pointing out the “all male nominees.” Some found this comment just right given the state of affairs at this year’s Golden Globes speaking out against unbalanced power dynamics between men and women in Hollywood in the wake of the sexual harassment scandals. Others found the comment rude. Whatever your opinions on the subject are it can’t be denied that you don’t see or hear about as many women directing movies, particularly big budget movies or highly sought-after Oscar bait films.

Star Wars is one of the most profitable franchises in the world. It is instantly recognizable and pretty much any Star Wars films are guaranteed to be a hit. Back in 2016, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy drew ire from some critics for saying the studio wanted to bring in a woman to direct Star Wars but wanted to make sure they had experience. However, Lucasfilm hired male directors with a range of experience to semi-seasoned (Phil Lord and Chris Miller) to barely any (Josh Trank) without hesitation and those investments haven’t really paid off. All nine Star Wars films have been directed by men and so will Episode IX  and the next few spin-offs that we know about.

We’ve decided to highlight ten talented women directors that have more than enough experience, talent, and creative voice to helm a Star Wars movie, be it a saga film, Rian Johnson’s newly planned trilogy, or a spin-off film. Click Next to get started!

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