Possible Cross-Over Between Star Wars: Rebels and the Cinematic Films?
Wondering about the future of the characters from Star Wars: Rebels as far as the broader official canon goes? Slashfilm has a new article posted that raises some interesting possibilities.
The first season of Star Wars: Rebels has come and gone, and we’ve seen some tantalizing footage from the new season that begins in a few short months. Many Star Wars fans have become emotionally invested in the story of Kanan, Hera, Ezra and the rest of the Ghost’s crew, and with so many new Star Wars tales in store for us, it’s natural to wonder if we might see some of these characters turn up in future books or movies.
Slashfilm delves into this in their latest article:
The Skywalker story isn’t the only thing happening with the Rebel Alliance. Why couldn’t the Rebels cross over, not only with Rogue One, which is set in the same period, but maybe even into A New Hope and beyond?
The answer to those questions is: it could happen. This is according to Rebels producers Simon Kinberg and Dave Filoni. We spoke with each at Star Wars Celebration and they said the show is not beholden to any timeline, there could be crossover with the films on the animated show itself, and there’s even a possibility the characters could show up in live action.
Of course, there is currently no concrete plan to make this happen, and indeed Filoni uses the phrase “never say never” in qualifying his statements – almost always a sure sign that a discussion is purely theoretical. However, it’s clear that at least Filoni and the Rebels team have been mulling over the possibilities of such a move:
I think one of the things that’s really fun about Rebels, and potentially some of the films, is there’s a sort of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern version of these stories. I mean, the stories that George [Lucas] told were stories about specific characters in a massive galaxy. And so there are a lot of other characters’ stories that he hasn’t told.
As with Tom Stoppard’s comedic take on two minor but important characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the possibilities for retellings of classic Star Wars tales from the point of view of minor characters is something that has been attempted with in the past with varying degrees of success (Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina, Tales of the Bounty Hunters, etc.) and that is reportedly in the works for some of the new Star Wars books on deck for release this fall. It is only natural that Filoni and company would consider the possibility of placing Rebels characters into the heart of a familiar Star Wars story to see what would happen.
But it’s not just alternate perspectives on previously told chapters of the Star Wars saga that Filoni is thinking about:
I’ve talked to the creators of the other films going on and, you know, I’ve always made it clear if you want somebody, just let me know. They can jump over there. I don’t care. I’m all for it. Because I think it makes the experience for fans so much stronger. And what a moment it would be to see some of these animated characters up there live on the screen. It would be great for me too.
Again, this is all basically just about spitballing various possibilities as of now. But it certainly shows the ways in which the producers of the new Star Wars stories are looking beyond their own projects and toward the new Star Wars canon as an integrated whole.