The Star Wars Tales of the Jedi animated series was unveiled on Saturday during. The shorts will reveal the untold past adventures of and Count Dooku, which will have three episodes each.
The six-episode series is slated to hit Disney Plus this fall. Show creator Dave Filoni has revealed that he wrote the episodes back and forth to shoot the live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian.
The Dooku episodes will feature his apprentice Qui-Gon Jinn as a young man. We’ve already seen Qui-Gon as a seasoned Jedi in The Phantom Menace, the first film in the prequel trilogy, where he was played by Liam Neeson. Liam Neeson will reprise the role in Tales of the Jedi, and the actor’s son Michael will voice the younger version of the character.
Attendees were treated to an episode — the ominously titled Life and Death — which revealed Ahsoka’s birth and her first days with her family. The 15-minute episode was engaging and intense, and seemed inspired by the anime’s tone and pacing.
Ahsoka’s mother is voiced by Janina Gavankar, known to Star Wars fans as Iden Versio in the 2017 video game Battlefront 2.
The episode received a standing ovation from the Celebration Anaheim audience, but Filoni warned that some of the remaining shorts would go dark.
“As nice as he is, there has to be a balance in the Force,” Filoni said, noting that Dooku’s episodes will be intense — appropriate, since he’s destined to fall to the dark side and become the apprentice of Darth Sidious. An older Dooku is the villainous Sith Lord seen in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, the second and third films in the prequel trilogy.
Ahsoka made her animated debut as Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan in 2008’s The Clone Wars (which was set between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith) and played a pivotal role in the seven-season series that followed. . She appeared again on the follow-up show Rebels and was voiced by Ashley Eckstein in both. Eckstein will likely return to the role in Tales of the Jedi.
Rosario Dawson took on the role when an older Ahsoka made her live-action debut in The Mandalorian season 2, appeared in The Book of Boba Fettand is in 2023.
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