Updated with a Preview Clip! Princess Leia to Appear in Star Wars: Rebels on January 20th!
As we reported last week, the next Star Wars: Rebels episode was rumored to be titled “A Princess on Lothal”. Many speculated that this probably means that we will see our favorite princes making her debut in the new Disney animation TV show. Now TV Insider confirms that this is indeed the case.
From TV Insider:
The iconic character 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.
“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,” Filoni says. “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.”
This will be Leia’s only appearance this season, and it is unknown yet if she will appear again on the series. The voice will not be provided by Carrie Fisher (the live-action actress who created the role), but instead is by Julie Dolan, who also played Leia in the video game Star Wars: Uprising.
A Princess in Lothal, airs Wednesday, January 20 at 9/8c on Disney XD.
And here is a brief clip from the next episode (via):
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