David Oyelowo and Freddie Prinze Jr. Lend Voices to ‘Star Wars: Rebels’

By September 23, 2013
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Star Wars Rebels - Concept Art and Logo

Continuing his obsession with keeping secrets from fans, director J.J. Abrams has been tight-lipped about any details regarding Star Wars: Episode VII. However, recent rumors have pegged names like Saoirse Ronan (The Host), Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) and David Oyelowo (Lee Daniels’ The Butler) as taking meetings for the massively anticipated sci-fi sequel. But it sounds like one of those names could actually be for another Star Wars project entirely.

THR has word on the cast of the forthcoming animated series “Star Wars: Rebels,” heading to Disney XD next fall, and the names include David Oyelowo along with former heartthrob Freddie Prinze Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Taylor Gray, and Steven Jay Blum. However, Oyelowo’s inclusion in this series doesn’t necessarily mean he’s not still up for a part in the upcoming live action film sequel.

Obviously the first two actors are better known names on the big screen, while the latter three are voice actors not usually given the spotlight. There’s no word on their characters, but the series is supposed to be set during the time that takes place between the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy. The series has been said to follow a time when “the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape.” Here’s some more concept art revealed earlier this year:

Star Wars Rebels - Concept Art

Simon Kinberg, who is working on a script for a Star Wars spin-off film (recently confirmed to be origin story films), is executive producing with Dave Filoni, who worked on the animated series “Clone Wars,” and Greg Weisman of “Young Justice” will join them.

Oyelowo has been a rising star for the past few years with roles in Jack Reacher, Red Tails, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Meanwhile, Prinze enjoyed success as Fred in the live-action Scooby-Doo films and recently appeared on “Bones.” As for the other three names, Marshall has voiced Black Widow in “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” and Wonder Woman in “Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox,” and the latter series also had Blum voicing Lex Luthor. Meanwhile, Gray is  new voice actor on the scene and had a role in Nickelodeon’s now-canceled “Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures.”

Hopefully we’ll hear more about this series soon, but we’re still waiting on some real news about Star Wars: Episode VII. Stay tuned.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.