During the last Star Wars Celebration, they teased about the new animated series of shorts called Star Wars: Forces of Destiny which focuses on the female characters of the franchise. The first few episodes are finally here!
This new animated series will go back to a more traditional 2D style of artwork instead of the Clone Wars and Rebels style. The new artwork has a feminine, graphic design/vector look with added texture. Reminds me a bit of Totally Spies, actually. It features a large female cast and creators. One of the series writers, Jennifer Muro, recently spoke with Den of Geek about the project.
“Going into it, I want to represent everyday heroism and the heroic moments that shape these characters in different ways,” Muro revealed. “Leia would handle a situation one way, Ahsoka another way, Jyn another way. That was the goal all along.”
She said that writing Leia, especially in the Original Trilogy era, is “hard to beat.” “We’ve lived with [Leia] longer than any other character. It’s about keeping true to her voice and to Carrie’s voice.” In Forces of Destiny, Leia will be voiced by the newcomer Shelby Young, “She really brought life to the character,” Muro said.
One of the other really exciting parts about this is that Daisy Ridley, Felicity Jones, and Ashley Eckstein will all be voicing Rey, Jyn Erso, and Ahsoka Tano! It is so important to keep the stories of these female characters alive and well in the Star War universe for young people to see women in strong, developed roles. The episodes focus on a small part of these characters’ stories we haven’t seen yet. They’re fun, quick videos (2-3 minutes) that only broaden the different styles and stories within our favorite galaxy. These also harken back to Disney’s roots in shorts which they seem to be happy to get back into.
The icing on the cake is that Lupita Nyong’o will narrate the series as Maz Kanata. I don’t know how it gets better than that. View the first installment below titled “Sands of Jakku” as well as the first few episodes on the Disney Youtube channel.