In a recent interview with Nerdist’s Amy Ratcliffe, Star Wars; Rebels executive producer Simon Kindberg took the time to address the possibility of characters from the Star Wars animated universe showing up in some of the upcoming live action films.
Seeming fairly positive on the move, Kindberg explains, “There’s certainly potential for it. And as a fan of everything that Lucasfilm’s doing, it’d be fun to see different characters pop up across different stories. But the thing we’re really focused on is just making sure there is real continuity, that it is a unified universe from a story perspective, where anything that happens in Rebels is canon, in the same way as the original movies or prequels, the Clone Wars, and the movies going forward. There’s just a lot of care that’s taken to make sure that whatever happens in whatever different story right now is acknowledged, and that it actually feels like a coherent world or galaxy.”
Kindberg is also working on some of the upcoming anthology films, so it wouldn’t at all be crazy to see the characters come together in an effort to help unify the entirety of the universe. Kindberg explained to Nerdist that, “The idea of characters actually popping up or transferring from animation to live-action and live-action to animation, we’re obviously open to because we have a lot of characters from the original movie and actually prequels who pop up in Rebels as substantial characters. That was true in the first season and will continue to be true in the second season, I’d say. Our second season is more Clone Wars, but there are lots of characters from the original movies too, like Vader, who will be a big part of the show now. So we’ve talked about it, and the Lucasfilm folks are–I’ve never seen anything like it, where they’re so good at telling story over not just different media, but completely different worlds. It’s not just TV and animation and live-action and features, but it’s theme park attractions and comic books and novels and games and merchandise. All of it is incredibly well unified and planned. I’m not a part of all of that. I’m a part of some of it, and it’s neat to watch them work.”
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