If you remember a little while ago, Forces of Destiny was something that got trademarked by Lucasfilm, leading to speculation that it would be the formal name of Star Wars Episode VIII. However, we’ve learned that the trademark will be used for a new series of animated shorts (and a toy line) revolving around the women of Star Wars.
So far, Entertainment Weekly has revealed that eight animated shorts will each take turns to focus on a specific Star Wars heroine – Padmé Amidala (Catherine Taber), Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein), Hera Syndulla (Vanessa Marshall), Sabine Wren (Tiya Sircar), Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), Princess Leia Organa (Shelby Young), Maz Kanata (Luptia Nyong’o), and Rey (Daisy Ridley). After the initial eight shorts arrive in July, another eight shorts will arrive sometime in Autumn 2017. A first look, along with a few stills of animation – which is 2-D (a first for a canon Star Wars show) – can be seen below:
There’s also a brief clip that’s just surfaced:
And here’s a preview of some of the toys that will appear in the line:
The easiest thing to compare this series to – both in terms of visual aesthetic and target demographic – would be to say that this is the Star Wars equivalent of DC Superhero Girls. While I can’t say that I’m necessarily in the show’s target demographic (and I’m definitely not in the toy demographic, either), I’m still kind of interested in seeing where they go with this because I love these characters so much. More details regarding the shorts and the toy line can be found at the original article.