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Re: REBELS - The Characters
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2014, 11:05:19 PM »

The character reveals keep coming, along with casting news.  Meet Kanan, a former Jedi turned Rebel, who will be one of the central characters in the upcoming series.

Check out this THIS USA TODAY POSTING with an exclusive look at Kanan and some behind the some behind the scenes video.




Freddie Prinze Jr. voices the character of Kanan on the upcoming animated series 'Star Wars Rebels.'The "cowboy" Jedi named Kanan (voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr.) takes on the Empire with lightsaber, blaster and attitude in hand in the animated series "Star Wars Rebels."(Photo: Lucasfilm)

Freddie Prinze Jr. voices the character of Kanan on the upcoming animated series 'Star Wars Rebels'
Kanan is a survivor of 'Order 66,' where the Empire began its extermination of the Jedi order
'Rebels' on Disney Channel in the fall

Freddie Prinze Jr. was born to play a Jedi. He even has the scars on his face to prove it, the result of some lightsaber fights as a 4-year-old rough-housing with friends.

As an adult, the actor is voicing the character of Kanan, a gunslinger full of bravado and the Force who's one of the new main players in the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels. The show debuts with a one-hour special on Disney Channel in the fall before moving to half-hour episodes on Disney XD.

"For people who are around our age and a bit older, Star Wars is in our DNA," says Prinze, 37. "I've heard 'May the Force be with you' about as many times as 'Hey, how you doing?' "

Rebels takes place 14 years after the last of the movie prequels, 2005'sStar Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, when the evil Emperor enacted "Order 66" to wipe out all the Jedi in the galaxy, sending the likes of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda into hiding.

MORE: 'Rebels' begins a new chapter in 'Star Wars' history

Since then, Kanan has been on the down-low, too. He keeps his lightsaber under lock and key and brandishes a blaster instead to avoid the attention of the Empire, especially the Inquisitor (a Sith villain) and his Stormtroopers. But Kanan gets his Force-ful groove back with his crew on the spaceship The Ghost and fights back against the imperial menace.

The "Star Wars Rebels" character Kanan, voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr., has a symbol on his shoulder armor that looks an awful lot like the later Rebel Alliance sigil.

"He's been forced to shove a massive part of his life under the bed, so to speak," Prinze says. "Is he living a lie? At a certain point, the lie kind of becomes the reality. And to suddenly be forced back into your Jedi ways, it'd be a bit of a challenge for him. And pretty awesome, too, when you can see what a Jedi can actually do."

Executive producer Dave Filoni describes Kanan as a "cowboy Jedi." And unlike the stoic knights of his order in the Star Wars mythos, his banter is as sharp as his blue lightsaber strokes.

There is some melancholy, too. Kanan lived through the attempted extinction of an entire culture when Order 66 came down during his formative years, and he's massively affected by it, says Prinze.

"He definitely has seen more than what a young man should see. And what he had to see was pretty much the worst thing you would have to witness."

Prinze probably would have accepted any role on Star Wars Rebels, be it a bounty hunter, Sith lord or even a TIE Fighter pilot, but "the Jedi is who you want to be," he says. "I never wanted to be C-3PO. That would suck to just be running from bad guys."

In addition to voicing Kanan, Prinze is prepping his 4-year-old daughter Charlotte, one of two kids he has with actress wife Sarah Michelle Gellar, to watch the original Star Wars. That's "so she can know just how awesome a lightsaber is and she can know just how awesome her daddy is for the rest of his life.''


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Re: REBELS - The Characters
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2014, 08:54:41 PM »

Those types have endured in plenty of stories prior to Star Wars.  Just look at the writings of Joseph Campbell and how those informed George Lucas in his own story telling.

Chopper is absolutely a nod to R2.  But from the Behind The Scenes video it looks like the writers are trying to make Chopper a bit more surly and difficult.  Almost like a cross between R2-D2 and Chewbacca, but smaller.

Other archetypes are probably going to come forward, like an idealistic youth, a seasoned veteran / anti-hero, a spirit guide, etc.  I think we'll see some more Behind the Scenes video and features as the series gets set to premiere later this year.
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2014, 06:36:20 AM »


It sounds like this show is just going to take the "frame work" of the OT characters and go from there.

Chopper = R2
There will be a Luke type character, Han type character, etc.
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Re: REBELS - The Characters
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2014, 07:47:40 PM »

Check out this feature on the new Droid that's going to be featured in the STAR WARS - REBELS series.  His name is Chopper.

http://starwars.com/news/star-wars-rebels-meet-chopper-grumpy-astromech-droid.html


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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2013, 07:31:13 AM »

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