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Watch Princess Leia’s First ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Appearance

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UPDATED: January 11, 2016 1:21 p.m. – Watch the first clip of Leia in action on “Star Wars Rebels.”

The original article follows below.


When “Star Wars Rebels” returns on Jan. 20, it will bring along a familiar face.

TV Insider reveals Princess Leia Organa will guest star on the Disney XD series, which is set between the events of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope.” In the episode, the teenage princess (voiced by Julie Dolan, of “Star Wars: Uprising”) is sent to Lothal to bring ships for the Rebel fleet, only to encounter trouble in the form of an Imperial lockdown.

“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,’” Executive Producer Filoni said. “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.”

Leia is only the latest character from the original film trilogy to appear on “Rebels,” following C-3PO, R2-D2, Darth Vader, Yoda and Lando Calrissian.

“A Princess in Lothal” airs Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Disney XD.

Comments

  • AmazingSpiderHam

    Sure Kenobi will appear in one episode at least with A Tano to confirm what she suspects

  • AmazingSpiderHam

    Sure Kenobi will appear in one episode at least with A Tano to confirm what she suspects

  • QueerJock2

    I was gonna ask when Luke will show up but I remembered he is too busy harvesting moisture at this point.

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    Hahaha!

    “I was going to go to Lothal but my uncle made me go to Tosche Station to pick up some power converters instead!”

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    Hahaha!

    “I was going to go to Lothal but my uncle made me go to Tosche Station to pick up some power converters instead!”

  • PretenderNx01

    He was keen to sign up for the Academy, there could be a backstory as to why. Maybe some adventure on Tatooine before Star Wars.

  • Hypestyles

    Why isn’t carrie fisher doing the voice?

  • Brin Londeaux

    It’s hard to sound young with years of drug abuse.

  • Brin Londeaux

    Now I’m wondering is when exactly does Rebels take place. Based upon the picture above, it looks like it takes place within a couple of years of Episode IV. Otherwise Leia would still be a child a couple years younger than Ezra.

  • Convoy

    Hell, it’s hard to sound young when you’re almost 60. Unless you’re the woman who voices Goku.

  • Convoy

    Hell, it’s hard to sound young when you’re almost 60. Unless you’re the woman who voices Goku.

  • Convoy

    It takes place four to five years before A New Hope. It’s still during the Jedi Purge.

  • JoPa

    Luke and Leia are said to be 19 during A New Hope. Rebels is set five years prior to that, so Leia should be 14, roughly the same age as Ezra.

  • http://www.cogonline.net/ Digital Jedi

    @brinlondeaux:disqus @@Hypestyles:disqus Voice actors often portray younger versions of themselves by simply talking higher pitched, or having the audio tweaked digitally. Like when Kevin Conroy did teenaged Bruce Wayne.

  • Otakon

    There’s a deleted scene from the first film that explains a bit of it-Luke’s friend, Biggs, was at the academy and was visiting Tatooine to tell Luke (In the finished film, both original and SE Biggs doesn’t apparat until the end of the film as one of Luke’s I’ll-fated wingmen) that he was joining the rebels. In the film itself, Luke also wanted to get off Tatooine as well.

  • Ozaline

    yeah according to wookieepedia Luke and Leia were born 2 days after the proclamation of the formation of the Empire, Ezra was born day of.

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  • Nate

    How is this show compared with the Clone Wars series? I’m just about wrapped up with the sixth season of that show and really enjoyed it.

  • Al Roderick

    It’s pretty good. It’s an alright sequel in the spirit of Clone Wars, but I wish they could have finished Clone Wars first.

  • Al Roderick

    That is a very mature-looking 14 year old. But so was her mother.

  • Richard Jefferies

    Yup and they also established there was an Academy that wasn’t part of the Empire, because pilots were being forcefully recruited and Luke didn’t want that to happen.

  • Richard Jefferies

    Yes and Leia looks 18. Luke was 19 in ANH, so she’s have to be 14 at this point. Stupid.