We are in a new golden age for Star Wars. Ever since Disney’s purchase of LucasFilm in 2012, fans around the world have been treated to some thrilling entertainment from George Lucas’ iconic franchise. Whether it is through films, television, games, and books, it seems like we have been spoiled with new content from this galaxy far, far away.
Without a doubt, one of the best aspects of this new era is the animated series Star Wars Rebels, which is a series that serves wonderfully as a follow-up to The Clone Wars as well as a standalone series that really expands the galaxy with endearing new characters and entertaining storylines. With new films like the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to be released, it’s interesting to see that the show seems to line up with the timeline that leads into the original trilogy and potentially more films beyond, and fans have been wondering if they would be given fascinating tie-ins with both the small and big screens.
Simon Kinberg, one of the show’s executive producers discussed what fans can expect from the upcoming season three:
What’s lovely is, obviously, we’ve brought in characters from Clone Wars in the second season, and we keep sort of bringing characters from the original movies and sort of deepening the relationships between our core characters, the Ghost crew. So it’s trying to balance the two different things, like the original cast from the first season with Clone Wars, with characters from the original movies, and maybe even feeding into future movies.
This is exciting for the hardcore Star Wars fans like myself. It was recently announced that Forest Whittaker would be playing Saw Gerrera from The Clone Wars series in Rogue One, serving as the first official television character making a jump into the movies. It looks like these tie-ins can continue to branch out even more. Perhaps we see Rebels characters in future anthology and/or Saga films.
Star Wars Rebels season three will premiere at Star Wars Celebration London very soon. An official release has yet to be revealed.