As the rumors about Star Wars: Episode VII continue to float around fan sites and other sources of news and entertainment, a new Star Wars Rebels rumor enters the conversation via Making Star Wars. According to MSW sources, two actors from Star Wars: The Clone Wars may be appearing in the new animated series as recurring characters. Attached to the rumor are Sam Witwer (Being Human, The Force Unleashed) and Andrew Kishino (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Spectacular Spider-Man).
Witwer voiced two significant characters in The Clone Wars, the Son from the Mortis Trilogy and Maul, the previous apprentice to Darth Sidious introduced in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Kishino lent his voice to Saw Guerrera, a rebel from the planet Onderon from season five of The Clone Wars.
“Sam Witwer is deeply involved with Star Wars Rebels, as is Andrew Kishino,” said the MSW source.
The probability that they would return to reprise those previous roles is very slim. However, given Maul’s unfinished story following the comic book series Son of Dathomir and Guerrera’s role as a rebel during the Clone Wars, it would fascinating to see both characters return. That said, Maul’s presence or story would detract from the main cast and their goals, while Guerrera’s appearance would reinforce the rebellion thought and actions. Chances are these actors, if their involvement is true, would be voicing brand new characters with equal importance.
The rumors continue with possible storylines, including trust issues within the crew, a mysterious character known as Fulcrum, and a possible connection to Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Hera and Kanan are in contact with a man named Fulcrum. Fulcrum is a codename. The crew members of the starship Ghost do not know about Fulcrum and this leads to some trust issues down the road.
The interesting thing about Fulcrum is he is in contact with the various rebel cells throughout the galaxy. He is bringing them intelligence, supplies, and viable targets. It is not immediately clear if there is a connection between Fulcrum and Bail Organa at this point in the early stages of the Galactic Civil War or not.
The connection between Fulcrum and Bail Organa, though not immediately clear, would be too obvious. Given Organa’s secret mission for R2-D2 is “Droids in Distress,” we are aware that Organa is active with such motives against the Empire and expressed interest in learning more about R2’s rebel friends. However, there is the possibility of Fulcrum being a completely different character with similar motives. The character could even be another familiar face from The Clone Wars or, given the need to keep the story on its own legs, a new character voiced by one of the two previously mentioned voice actors.
This path takes the crew of the Ghost down a dangerous journey where they eventually learn about the Empire’s five year plan for the outer rim territories. The crew gets titillating information from a Rodian with a Lobot styled head device on which contains information on Ezra’s parents as well.
The latest teaser for season one of Star Wars Rebels featured a Rodian “with a Lobot styled head device.” Sabine reads the hologram and comments on it by saying, “Imperial specs, tactics, and strategies–it’s a five year plan for every world in the Outer Rim.”
As noted by Jason Ward of Making Star Wars, “…This five year plan would run right into A New Hope.” Additionally, the fact that the Empire plans to take over the Outer Rim in five years demonstrates the unlimited power and resources at their command. And being that the Outer Rim serves the Empire as wells of natural resources, the Imperial plan essentially equals the demise of countless lives–a plan that won’t sit too well with the rebel crew of the Ghost. Lastly, were Ezra’s parents somehow involved with this plan? For them to mysteriously perish, it would be intriguing to find some sort of connection there.
I cannot confirm this final bit beyond the sources giving me tons of implication. It appears the rebels are given deeper purpose as the series moves on in Season 1. The story involves investigating and eventually trying to halt the development of a super weapon conceptualized during The Clone Wars if you can see what we’re getting at.
The Star Wars: The Clone Wars Legacy recently revealed four story reels of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker investigating the death of a Jedi on Utapau and preventing a powerful weapon from falling into General Grievous’ hands, entitled “Crystal Crisis on Utapau.” It was heavily implied that the giant kyber crystal would one day become the source of the Death Star’s superlaser weapon, at least from my understanding. Could the rebel crew encounter a similar object? Or is the super weapon mentioned by MSW’s source the Death Star itself? Whichever one it turns out to be, the crew of the Ghost would certainly have a challenge above and beyond anything they’ve faced before.
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