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Jennifer Muro Interviewed About ‘Star Wars: Forces of Destiny’

Writer Jennifer Muro recently spoke with Super News Live and The Koalition about the upcoming animated micro-series Star Wars: Forces of Destiny.

On Getting the Job

Muro had known Dave Filoni (Executive Producer of Forces of Destiny) for many years when they had worked for Nickelodeon together. She went in to talk with Carrie Beck (Vice President of Animation Development), Josh Rimes (Creative Executive at Lucasfilm Animation), and the rest of the Lucasfilm Story Group, and together, they developed what the micro-series would be about and what it was going to accomplish.

“Writing for Leia and Star Wars is a dream come true,” she said.

On the Show’s Themes

Forces of Destiny will be hopeful and send positive messages to the younger audience, touching on themes that we’ve seen throughout Star Wars over the years.

“There’s nothing shoved down anyone’s throats,” she said. “It’s really all the messages that’s always been there for Star Wars. It’s about helping each other and having people’s backs and stepping forward and being a hero. What does that mean to be a hero?”

On the Benefits and Challenges

While working on the series, she said she was fortunate to collaborate with Filoni, Beck, Rimes, and the rest of the Story Group. The team guided her throughout the project, and some of the key things she had to keep in mind while writing were that the various storylines had to operate within canon and that there had to be a sense of continuity.

“The challenge is making sure we tell that story well in 2 to 3 minutes, but I think we did a great job with that,” she said, while also mentioning that she wished she could tell longer stories.

Additionally, with any project, there is the challenge of balancing various characters.

“With all the different characters, I think we just tried to find a thread of a theme of what [are] the similarities and differences in these characters and it’s really just that they’re all heroes. It’s finding those heroic moments and kind of bringing that theme to the table for everybody.”

On Taking Artistic Liberties

In terms of taking freedoms while writing, it was a matter of her and the rest of the team putting ideas on the table in order to see which ones worked and which ones didn’t work as well as which ones were preferred and which ones had to be placed aside.

“It was a good balance of being careful and having freedom,” she said.

On the Research and Thought Process

Each character and story takes place in a different setting, so she researched the various time periods as well as who the characters would be interacting with and what sort of tasks they set out to do within the universe.

She also mentioned how Filoni had worked with George Lucas for many years, and when it came to approaching this project, he and the others in the crew would always be cautious and respectful and would ask themselves if George would do something one way or the other, whether he’d go in this direction or that direction.

On the Struggle for Equality

Muro mentioned Tiya Sircar’s point from Star Wars Celebration Orlando during the Heroines of Star Wars panel. Sircar said that the more female characters are created, the less we have to champion the cause because the hope is that in the future, a balance and a sense of equality would have been reached.

It is Muro’s hope that the more creators incorporate diversity of all aspects into storytelling, the more normal it would be and distinctive titles, like “female director” and “female-directed movie,” would cease to exist.

The Star Wars: Forces of Destiny shorts will debut later this summer through Disney’s YouTube Channel. Eight additional shorts will premiere in the fall on the Disney Channel.


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5 comments on “Jennifer Muro Interviewed About ‘Star Wars: Forces of Destiny’

  1. pileofsith

    It is interesting to see smaller projects like this, a sort of diversification of the animated segment of Star Wars. I think the animated short is an under-appreciated medium that can get a lot of good storytelling done! Plus it looks like they’ll be focusing on character-defining moments which is super interesting – as usually there’s a wider story/action pace that takes precedence over individual characters. So I hope they’ll continue to experiment with ideas like this, it’s refreshing.

    I am also interested in the brand that’s being developed around this series: all those new toy dolls for a start…

    • That’s the perfect word to describe this project: refreshing. I love the animation side of Lucasfilm for that reason. They’re always surprising me in new and excited ways.

  2. I’m really looking forward to this series (where was this when I was a kid?) and am intrigued to see how much they can cover in just 2 to 3 minutes. As much as I enjoyed Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars series, it was quite light on actual plot or character development, especially when you compare it with the canon TCW series.

    That said, Forces of Destiny seems like a brilliant initiative and anything that shines the spotlight on the women of Star Wars is A-OK in my book. ^_^

    • I really wish this was around when I was a child! Glad they’re noticing these things more. I can’t wait to see who else they’ll focus on. Hopefully, if it does really well (which I’m sure it will), they’ll think about making more or expanding it to be a full series. We’ll have to wait and see!

      • It’s a golden age to be a female fan. Maybe 20-30 years too late for most of us… but at least we’re seeing some real progress. ;-)

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