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Forces of Destiny first episode released online

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The new animated web series Star Wars: Forces of Destiny has debuted online with an episode featuring Rey. Since the film series began more than 40 years ago, Star Wars has traditionally featured strong female heroines, including Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman), Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), as has the saga in the animated realm with Ahsoka Tano (voice of Ashley Eckstein).

Outside of the films and animated series, Lucasfilm and Disney realized that were many stories to tell about the famed characters, and at Star Wars Celebration in April they announced that Forces of Destiny would bring them to life in a series of animated shorts. Tailored to appeal to younger female audiences to generate excitement for the Star Wars saga, the Forces of Destiny animated shorts will take form in 16 3-minute episodes, featuring the everyday heroism of Leia, Padme, Rey, Jyn, and Ahsoka.

Less than a week after the release of the series’ first trailer, Forces of Destiny officially premiered online Monday with Sands of Jakku, which plugs the action into Rey’s timeline in The Force Awakens, after she rescues BB-8 from other scavengers on the desert planet. As it turns out, quite an adventure took place not long after Rey and BB-8 first met, as they encounter a nightwatcher worm that feeds on junk. But the eyes that pop out of the sand to spy on Rey and BB-8 is only a tiny part of one very large creature, and Rey needs to figure out how to fend off monster before it devours her new droid pal. Watch it below:

Even though the new Forces of Destiny episodes – which will air on Disney’s YouTube channel and the Disney Channel (starting July 9) – are clearly aimed at younger audiences, all fans of the Star Wars saga are sure to be intrigued by them. Since the creators of the series have said the stories are Star Wars canon and will exist in each of the character’s timelines, it’s interesting to see side stories like the one in Sands of Jakkucome to life, which effectively expand Rey’s story from The Force Awakens. Making the experience even more complete is that Ridley is voicing Rey for the shorts, as is Jones for Jyn and Eckstein for Ahsoka.

Lupita Nyong’o is also serving as the narrator for each short as Maz Kanata from The Force Awakens. To begin Sands of Jakku, Maz narrates, “The choices we make, the actions we take, moments both big and small, shape us into forces of destiny.” It’s a thrilling way to begin the series, which are destined to be enjoyed by Star Wars fans both big and small.

Star Wars: Forces of Destiny new animated series and action figures revealed

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Rey, Ahsoka Tano, Jyn Erso, Princess Leia, Sabine Wren, and other icons of a galaxy far, far away will take center stage in Star Wars Forces of Destiny — a new animated micro-series and initiative celebrating some of Star Wars‘ most beloved and inspirational characters. According to Disney and Lucasfilm, Star Wars Forces of Destiny launches in July with a series of animated shorts (2-3 minutes each) on Disney YouTube, exploring all-new adventures of the fan-favorites.

A two-part TV special featuring eight additional shorts will follow on Disney Channel in fall 2017. Significantly, Daisy Ridley (Rey), Felicity Jones (Jyn Erso), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), and Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata, narrating the series) will all reprise their roles for the show. Developed by Lucasfilm Animation, Star Wars Forces of Destiny will remain true to the Star Wars canon, showing how choices both big and small ultimately shape the destinies of beloved characters.

“Star Wars Forces of Destiny is for anyone who has been inspired by Leia’s heroism, Rey’s courage, or Ahsoka’s tenacity,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “We’re thrilled that so many of the original actors are reprising their roles in these shorts which capture the small moments and everyday decisions that shape who these characters are. It is a fun new way for people to experience Star Wars.”

Forces of Destiny writer on the ‘Everyday Heroism’ of Star Wars women

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Star Wars: Forces of Destiny writer Jennifer Muro has shared some details about her vision for the series and the powerful female characters in the Star Wars universe. The animated canon miniseries, which will air on YouTube and Disney Channel starting on July 10, 2017, will feature sixteen three-minute episodes taking place around all eras of the Star Wars universe, and focusing on the “everyday heroism” of female characters like Leia, Jyn, Rey, Sabine and Ahsoka.

While the late Carrie Fisher broke ground in her role as Princess Leia in the original trilogy, the Star Wars franchise has only grown stronger in its portrayal of female characters with Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars: The Force AwakensFelicity Jones as Jyn Erso in the first anthology film Rogue One and Ahsoka Tano in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels.

Now, in a new interview with Den of Geek, Jennifer Muro, the writer behind Star Wars: Forces of Destiny and other animated series like Justice League Action, Lego DC Super Hero Girls, and the upcoming Spider-Man animated series, talks about her vision for the female-focused series. Here is what Muro said about what she wants the core of the show to represent:   

“Going into it, I want to represent everyday heroism and the heroic moments that shape these characters in different ways, Leia would handle a situation one way, Ahsoka another way, Jyn another way. That was the goal all along.”

Muro also went into detail about each character the animated series will be focusing on starting with writing for Leia, who she said was “hard to beat” considering the impact the character has made on society. She also discussed how she wanted to keep true to Leia and Fisher’s voice praising newcomer Shelby Young for her work. “We’ve lived with [Leia] longer than any other character,” said Muro. “It’s about keeping true to her voice and to Carrie’s voice. [Young] really brought life to the character.”

It isn’t all just newcomers that will be featured in the series though – Ridley, Jones, Ashley Eckstein (who voices Ahsoka) and Lupita Nyong’o, who will be returning as Maz Kanata to narrate the series, will all be featured. “Felicity [Jones] is going to do an amazing job,” said Muro. “It’s so great to have her. They may not be epic moments for Jyn, but it’s nice to see a peek into the smaller moments.”

Fan-favorite animated characters Ahsoka and Sabine from The Clone Wars and Rebels will also be featured in the series. Muro worked closely with Lucasfilm to determine the stories she wanted to tell about Ahsoka and took inspiration from Dave Filoni, executive producer and supervising director on The Clone Wars and Rebels. As for Sabine, Muro talked about how the new series will shed some light on her character:

“We have a nice amount of Sabine in there, which is fantastic. It’s about her growing into who she is. We get to see some early moments here when she’s not as mature as where we are now in season three and, coming up, on season four. She’s more impulsive.”

Star Wars: Forces of Destiny action figures revealed

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Hasbro is set to launch a line of Star Wars Forces of Destiny toys, including new “Adventure Figures” — a fusion of traditional dolls and action figures. The toys are 11-inch in scale, and feature multiple points of articulation, as well as dynamic action, including Rey swinging her lightsaber. Villains such as Kylo Ren are also on the way. Get a sneak peek at Jyn Erso, R2-D2 Leia, Rey, BB-8, Sabine Wren, and Chewbacca below.

“From Princess Leia to Sabine Wren, Star Wars heroines are unique, and we wanted to represent that in the product line for Star Wars Forces of Destiny,” said Jimmy Pitaro, chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. “The result is the creation of our new ‘Adventure Figures’ that celebrate the power and stories of these incredible characters and allow kids to recreate their most heroic moments at home.”

This line continues to look amazing with each figure that is released. Other figures coming out soon include Ahsoka Tano (The Clone Wars S3 outfit), Jyn Erso, Rey (Resistance outfit) with BB-8, Luke Skywalker with Yoda, and Hoth Leia. The whole line will be hitting shelves August 1st and each figure ranges from $20-50.

See in the gallery below more images of the upcoming Star Wars: Forces of Destiny toy line including Rey, Sabine, and Leia with Wicket the Ewok. Click to enlarge.

Star Wars Rebels to return for 4th Season

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Despite the best efforts of the Grand Inquisitor, Darth Vader, and Grand Admiral Thrawn, the Ghost crew will be back. Production is already underway on the fourth season of the hit animated series Star Wars Rebels and will premiere in Fall of 2017 on Disney XD.

Marc Buhaj, senior vice president, programming and general manager, Disney XD said, “The team behind Star Wars Rebels delivers epic storytelling that has captivated fans of all ages across the globe. We’re excited to continue sharing the journey of these fan-favorite rebels with our audience in the fall.”

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Star Wars Rebels, set between the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope, features a cast of new heroes and has included Star Wars icons like Darth Vader, Yoda, and Princess Leia, along with fan favorites such as Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series.

The show is currently in the midst of a thrilling third season, which has seen the introduction of the threatening villain Grand Admiral Thrawn, a direct connection to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with an appearance by Saw Gerrera, and the legendary Maul on a journey for his ultimate revenge.

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The gifted cast includes 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, Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera, Sam Witwer as Maul, Tom Baker as Bendu, and Lars Mikkelsen as Grand Admiral Thrawn. 

Fans can look forward to more details and an announcement about the fourth season of Star Wars Rebels during Star Wars Celebration in Orlando this April.

How Rogue One should have ended

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise that seems all-but unstoppable since its relaunch of sorts under the Disney umbrella. Rogue One is the first of many anthology stories, the first non-episodic Star Wars story that has been told on film, and it set a new standard for what kinds of stories can be explored to expand the universe.

And that means a lot more criticisms, parodies, and ‘what ifs’ from fandom, including another Star Wars themed episode of How It Should Have Ended (or “HISHE” for short) from the mega popular same-titled YouTube channel. The HISHE team mixes critical analysis and examination of plot holes in pop culture movies and lampoons what are all too frequently unsatisfying endings, and it does so with fun animation.

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Their latest offering is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story How It Should Have Ending, taking one of the biggest movies of 2016 – and of all-time at the U.S. box office – to task for some of its sillier choices in filmmaking. Naturally, the video begins with an opening crawl – or the lack thereof – that did not appear at the opening of the film, followed by a jab at the CGI Tarkin. Everyone from K-2SO, Jyn and Cassian, Krennic and Darth Vader himself are the subjects of both mockery and celebration.

How It Should Have Ended has done videos on the Star Wars franchise before including: How Star Wars Should Have Ended (Special Edition)Revenge of the Sith HISHE as well as a variety of Marvel Cinematic Universe content that is housed under the same Disney Umbrella.

The fact that a solution can be created in the opening minutes of the movie to keep Jyn Erso from suffering any of the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story both speaks to the creativity of the HISHE writers and the Star Wars writers. The humor is genuine, but it is all derivative of the original source material.

On the critical thinking side, fans of Star Wars demand quality storytelling set in this mythology that means so much to them. While it is wonderful to be able to lovingly mock the things that are loved the most, one would hope that these tentpoles movies with all the money in the world behind them could do a better job at covering up some of the gaping inconsistencies that inspire the jokes in this video.