Princess Leia Set to Appear in ‘Star Wars Rebels’

By January 11, 2016

Hey, have you all heard? Star Wars is in and all the cool kids are talking about it. With The Force Awakens breaking box office records all over the place, a Disney Infinity DLC pack and billion dollar Battlefront video game taking the saga to the couch, it’s clear we are in the golden age of Star Wars and we’re only now just getting started.

So let’s move to the small screen with the animated Disney XD series, Star Wars Rebels. The show has done a great service to the fans, being packed full of familiar Star Wars tropes, fun characters and great action, set pieces. It’s the type of show adults and kids follow religiously (like me). Using the music, the sound effects and repurposing some of the most quote worthy lines from the saga, what the show has also done so well is bringing back legacy characters from all six movies. The use of Ahsoka from The Clone Wars along with Darth Vader, Obi-Wan, Yoda, Lando and the clone, Rex, popping up during the run give fans lot’s of nostalgic feels that scratch that itch until a new movie hits the theatre. So let’s add one more character into the mix that is, arguably, the best of all the legacy characters thus far to appear: Princess Leia.

Thanks to a report from TV Insider, the news has one of the big three (Luke, Han and Leia) finally coming to the series; which was hinted back before the second season debuted by EP Dave Filoni.

The iconic character—who was introduced in the very first scene of the first Star Wars movie back in 1977 (aka A New Hope)—will be featured in the January 20 episode of the Disney XD series. The teenage princess is sent to Lothal—the base planet for the series’ main characters, a group of rebel fighters—on a secret mission to bring ships for the rebel fleet. Unfortunately an Imperial lockdown throws that plan into chaos.

I love that we’re finally getting Princess Leia. It makes sense in the grand scheme of things and further connects the dots between the Clone Wars series and the OT movies. What better way than to add a Princess into the mix. This isn’t just fan service, this is good story-telling.

Filoni says:

“We thought we had an opportunity to show her learning to be a leader, experimenting with the personality that becomes the stronger more resolute character you see in A New Hope. One of the complex challenges of depicting Leia in Rebels is that we have to remind the audience that at this point she is part of the Empire. She doesn’t believe in the Empire, but she is acting the part, almost a double agent.”

And this is where the “good storytelling” comes in. Of course Leia is a double agent. Depending on how much we see of the character, I am loving the idea of seeing her burgeoning career as a Rebel Leader starting from within the Empire. It’s a fascinating way to approach the character.

And lo and behold the official Star Wars YouTube channel just released the opening preview. Here it is:

Now, if you were hoping Carrie Fisher would come in to supply the voice, sadly, it isn’t meant to be… Though Billy Dee Williams and James Earl Jones supplied the voices for Lando and Darth Vader respectively, the tradition will not be continuing here for reasons unknown. Just that Julie Dolan, who also played Leia in the video game Star Wars: Uprising, will be supplying the voice. It’s a sort of bummer to not have the fiery Carrie Fisher doing voice duties, but at least we’ll be getting her character to fill in some more awesome Star Wars backstory. No news on how many more times the Princess will appear.

The episode, “A Princess in Lothal,” will air Wednesday, January 20 at 9/8c ( the new Rebels timeslot) on Disney XD.

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  • I’d love to hear Carrie Fisher on the show, but unless they do some kind of digital sound tuning, I doubt she can sound quite like a 16-year-old girl.

  • David Johnson

    I’ve read Fisher also isn’t very reliable, I know She misses Cons quite often. Plus they would have to alter Her Voice anyways!!!