Simon Kinberg, executive producer on Star Wars Rebels and Lucasfilm story group member, teased more crossovers between the show and other Star Wars content.
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In an interview with Moviefone, Star Wars Rebels executive producer Simon Kinberg hinted more Easter egg-style crossovers will be happening between Rebels and other Star Wars content, like The Clone Wars series, spinoff films, and beyond.
That’s the whole point of having a Lucasfilm story group, which Kinberg is also a member of: content control. The word “control” can be burdened with offensive connotations, like not letting originality and creativity take the lead in storytelling. That’s not the goal of the story group, however; it’s all about connecting the dots and creating a bigger fictional universe anyone can enjoy, no matter which part of the Star Wars canon they started with.
"“I’m very excited… I think part of the fun of the way they’re building the universe is that it is interconnected between the different movies and even beyond the movies … It’s something that was true in comic books going back, the way that you’d have interconnections between characters and stories. Even sometimes from DC to Marvel. I like the way that those stories are told in the larger tapestry.”"
via Entertainment Weekly
For example, fans of The Clone Wars will note the return of several characters original to that series in Star Wars Rebels, like Ahsoka Tano, Captain Rex, and Hondo Ohnaka. Most recently, we learned The Clone Wars alum Saw Gerrera will be making his debut in the medium of live action in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
"“What’s lovely is, obviously, we’ve brought in characters from ‘Clone Wars’ in the second season, and we keep sort of bringing characters from the original movies and sort of deepening the relationships between our core characters, the Ghost crew,” says Kinberg. “So it’s trying to balance the two different things, like the original cast from the first season with ‘Clone Wars,’ with characters from the original movies, and maybe even feeding into future movies.”"
According to Moviefone, even more characters from other areas of Star Wars canon are slated to cameo in the third season of Star Wars Rebels premiering this fall. (We hope that includes a certain fan favorite character, whom Dave Filoni gave us reason to believe is going to break through the wall between canon and Legends.)
It’s a great day to be a Star Wars fan, because with the story group regulating canon, crossovers can be meaningful and fun and not just throwaway adventures which are only cool because of the characters/ships/places involved. From now on, crossovers will (hopefully) make sense and have a legitimate reason for happening. Not only that, but they will happen across all mediums, including the blockbuster live action films. And I’m excited to hear from Kinberg Star Wars Rebels and Rogue One are only the beginning.