“Star Wars” fans, this is the series you’re looking for.
It should’ve happened a long time ago, in a galaxy not so far, far away, but finally your favorite female “Star Wars” heroes are getting their own series, “Star Wars: Forces of Destiny.”
The new animated shorts will “focus on untold stories of everyday heroism that shape the destinies of Rey, Jyn Erso, Sabine Wren, Princess Leia, Ahsoka Tano and others.”
Oh, the most exciting part? Actors from the films are coming back to voice their roles.
Daisy Ridley will voice Rey, Felicity Jones will voice Jyn Erso, and even Lupita Nyong’o is coming back as Maz Kanata, serving as the show’s narrator. After the death of Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia will reportedly be voiced by Shelby Young.
Thankfully, unlike Unkar Plutt from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Disney isn’t trying to be cheap with anyone. The series is getting books, apparel, action figures, and even a TV special. This is a welcome sign after the debacle surrounding the noticeable lack of Rey toys around the release of “The Force Awakens.”
(What the heck was up with that? Rey is a baller. And BB-8 is a baller, too, for other reasons ... because BB-8 looks like a ball.)
Also exciting, the series will remain “true to the ‘Star Wars’ canon, showing how choices both big and small ultimately shape the destinies of beloved characters.”
That means we may even learn some secrets about the characters’ pasts. It’s unlikely the series is going to reveal anything major ― like the big mystery about Rey’s parents. But, Holy Nerf Herder! What if it does reveal the big mystery about Rey’s parents?
“’Star Wars: Forces of Destiny’ is for anyone who has been inspired by Leia’s heroism, Rey’s courage, or Ahsoka’s tenacity,” Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, in a statement. “We’re thrilled that so many of the original actors are reprising their roles in these shorts, which capture the small moments and everyday decisions that shape who these characters are.”
Based on that information, it looks like we’re just getting minor reveals about these characters, but we’ll take what we can get.
The two-to-three-minute shorts will be available on Disney’s YouTube channel in July. A two-part TV special featuring eight more episodes will air on the Disney Channel this fall.
Until then, may the “Forces” be with you.
Correction: Shelby Young is voicing Princess Leia, not Shelley Young. Sorry, Shelley.