‘Star Wars Rebels’ Season 4 Celebration Panel Breakdown

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Star Wars Rebels Dave Filoni and select members of the voice cast are 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.

Our own Nathaniel Brail was on hand in the room for the Rebels Season 4 panel, so we’ll share his tweets from the event:

The panel began with a Season 3 retrospective [Spoilers…]. Filoni started by talking about the Season 3 standout episode “Twin Suns,” which featured the highly-anticipated rematch between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Maul, voiced by Stephen Stanton and Sam Witwer, respectively. He spoke about how important this showdown between the two was (read his comments on that herehere). Taylor also says he knew how important this episode was for Ezra. Filoni also spoke about the final shot of the episode, which featured Obi-Wan watching over a young Luke Skywalker from afar, and using an old line from Aunt Beru calling Luke inside.

Filoni also spoke about the final shot of the episode, which featured Obi-Wan watching over a young Luke Skywalker from afar, and using an old line from Aunt Beru calling Luke inside.

Filoni then revealed that Thrawn was in discussion from the very beginning of Rebels. They discussed keeping the character true to the original Legends novels that he first appeared in, starting with Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn. He also commented on the perfect story/character opportunities considering Sabine is an artist and Thrawn studies art.

In addition, Freddie spoke about the Bendu (voiced by Tom Baker), saying he’s his favorite character in the whole series. Tiya then spoke about Sabine, how getting a jetpack was her biggest goal but she never imagined that she would get the darksaber.

Filoni joked about working with the now movie star diva Chopper after his Rogue One cameo.

The panel then moved on to talk a bit about Season 4. Vanessa Marshall touched on where her character Hera is at this season. She focuses on the losses that occurred for the Rebel Alliance in Season 3. She stated her character’s attitude now, “It’s now time to really get it done.”

Steve Blum spoke a bit about Zeb, talking up his unique relationship with former Imperial Agent Kallus (voiced by David Olelowo), who was working secretly as the new Fulcrum throughout Season 3 before defecting to the Rebels in the season finale. They joked about Zeb and Kallus running off somewhere together.

Tiya spoke about her character’s growth over the last season, and how she has accepted responsibility and returned to her Mandolorian family. She also shared a great tease for Mando fans: “You will be happy w/ some specific episodes this season.” “There might be some people you know. There might be some new people you’ve never seen before. They might all be Mandalorian.”

Freddie spoke about how “Trials of the Darksaber,” the episode where he trains Sabine in the art of lightsaber battle, defined who he was and who he needs to be. He said that Kanan was the cool uncle. He spoke about how impressed he was by the episode and all involved, especially Sircar and the music of the episode. Freddie also stated that the Pre Vizla versus Darth Maul fight from The Clone Wars was his favorite animated SW fight.

Finally, he shared that the stuff Kanan goes through this season will be very adult.

Next, Filoni teased some Season 4 guest roles. He revealed that Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) would be returning, as well as Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera. The latter will be joined by his co-pilot Two-Tubes, who we first saw in Rogue One.

Then came a big surprise…

At this point, Warwick Davis joined the panel! It was then revealed that, after pressuring Filoni at last year’s Celebration in London, Davis will be joining the voice cast for Rebels season 4 as Rukh, Thrawn’s assassin/personal bodyguard, a character taht was first introduced in Timohty Zahn’s 1991 Legends novel Heir to the Empire.

Next came a bit of news that some of us will be saddened by…

That’s right, Season 4 will be the final season of Star Wars Rebels. Filoni did offer a bit of uplifting information, though, stating “Ending the show is by no means the ending of what we’re doing in animation.”

Finally, the panel ended with a screening of the first Season 4 trailer (which you can check out here) and it was immediately played once again. Fans in attendance also got the chance to check out a screening of the Season 4 Premiere, which the rest of us won’t get to see until Season 4 kicks off this fall on Disney XD. Be sure to check back soon for our description of the premiere episode.

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 season this fall on Disney XD.

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10 Best Moments From The ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Teaser Trailer

The Last Jedi 1The wait is finally over, folks. The first trailer for the eagerly-anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiered at Star Wars Celebration Orlando to rapturous applause. Now that the world has been given an official first look at what happens following the events of The Force Awakens, let’s rundown through 10 of the best moments from this incredible trailer.

These moments will range from what new story details have been revealed to just plain exciting moments of cinematic wonder that only a film series like Star Wars can conjure up. So without further ado, let’s rundown 10 highlights from this new trailer.

1. Ahch-To at sunset

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In one of the first shots from the trailer, we get this gorgeous image of the island we last left Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on. We already saw how director J.J. Abrams visually caught the imagery of this beautiful island, but seeing Rian Johnson’s unique aesthetic capture the environment already sets an exciting precedent for what is certainly going to be one of the most visually dynamic Star Wars films yet.

2. Kylo remnants

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In this shot, we see the crushed up remains of the mask of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). When we last left him, we see him vulnerable after his embarrassing loss against Rey in their incredible lightsaber duel. Now, Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) is ready to help Kylo Ren complete his training. Does this crushed mask symbolize a new transformation for the character?

3. A mysterious book

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We then get a close up of a gloved hand gently surveying this mysterious book. From the looks of it, it looks related to the Jedi. But could this be the Journal of the Whills? Is this book used by Luke as a reference in Rey’s training? Perhaps we will have to wait and see.

4. Lightsaber training

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“It’s so much bigger.”

This incredible helicopter shot around the island is truly beautiful. We see Rey swinging around her lightsaber as she continues her training with Luke. She’s only getting a hint at the true scope of what the Force really is all about, and she still has no idea at how big her journey will truly get.

5. AT-ATs on the horizon?

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We see three ships piloting down some interesting terrain on an unknown planet. The design of these ships is intriguing, but if you look closely at this shot you can see what looks like AT-AT walkers on the horizon. Much like how The Force Awakens paid tribute to A New Hope, perhaps The Last Jedi finds ways to pay tribute to The Empire Strikes Back. 

6. Still asleep…

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Finn (John Boyega) was left in a coma after suffering a major blow in a lightsaber duel against Kylo Ren. This is the only shot we get of him in the trailer, but it looks like he has been transferred to some sort of rehabilitation chamber. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see the former stormtrooper in action, but perhaps they are saving some of his exciting adventures for the next trailer. Hopefully, he won’t be taking a backseat. After all, he is one of our new heroes in this trilogy.

7. Poe & BB-8 on the run

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The dashing Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and his trusty droid BB-8 are shown running through a Resistance base as a major attack has been unleashed. As they run towards their X-Wing, a major explosion occurs. We don’t get to see if their X-Wing survives the explosion, but this one helluva pilot is certainly going to shine in The Last Jedi. 

8. Falcon takes flight

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There is no such thing as too many Millennium Falcon shots. We see the iconic ship soaring through the cloudy skies as TIE Fighters are shooting towards it. Rey took the Falcon along with Chewbacca and R2-D2 to Ach-To to find Luke. Maybe the four of them eventually escape the island at some point in the film.

9. Ben
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Here, we have an intimidating shot of Kylo Ren with his lightsaber ignited towards the camera. Is he ready to duel against Rey again? Or maybe he’s about to fight against his uncle Luke Skywalker… Who knows, but he’s certainly not going to embarrass himself this time around.

10. “It’s time for the Jedi to end.”

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In what will undoubtedly be the most quoted line in this trailer, Luke laments to Rey that the Jedi must come to an end. Daisy Ridley expressed during the panel that sometimes, meeting your own heroes may lead you to different directions. This quote is certainly an indication that something’s up with Luke. But what? Looks like we’ll have to wait until December 15 to get all the answers (and perhaps even more questions).

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will arrive in our galaxy on December 15.

Jeff Grantz

Jeff Grantz

Jeff Grantz is an Atlanta-based writer, filmmaker and host of The Amazing Nerdiverse Podcast (on iTunes and YouTube).