The all-new animated anthology series Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi is coming next month to Disney Plus, giving fans fresh perspectives on beloved characters from The Clone Wars.
Creator Dave Filoni announced earlier this year that he was working on Tales of the Jedi and that the series would focus on Ahsoka Tano’s and Dooku’s journeys at various points in the Star Wars timeline.
Some of the episodes will give deeper backstories to these characters, including Ahsoka as a young Force-sensitive child on her home planet and Dooku as a much younger Jedi with Qui-Gon Jinn as his Padawan.
With more details and the first trailer finally released at Disney’s D23 Expo this weekend, here’s what we know about Tales of the Jedi:
- Premiere date: Oct. 26, 2022
- Episodes: 6
- Premiere schedule: All six shorts will drop on the same day.
These shorts will be the first time we’ve seen iconic Clone Wars and prequel characters in animated form in years. Ahsoka is back, of course, along with Anakin Skywalker, Mace Windu, Captain Rex, and more.
Reprising their voice acting roles are Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka and Matt Lanter as Anakin. During the Tales of the Jedi panel at Star Wars Celebration, Filoni said original Qui-Gon actor Liam Neeson will be back to voice the character in animated form. Neeson’s son, Micheál Richardson, will voice young Qui-Gon. Janina Gavankar (the voice of Iden Versio in Battlefront II) will voice Pav-ti, who is Ahsoka’s mother.
And while fans are returning to the prequel era with Tales of the Jedi, the style and tone of this series couldn’t be more different. In the SWCC panel, Filoni called the shorts “tone poems” that rely more heavily on striking visuals than lengthy dialogue. And not all of these episodes have happy endings.
“Are they fun, happy? I don’t know, it gets rough,” Filoni said. “Some of these are dark.”
Luckily, Star Wars fans are always ready to be hurt again.
All episodes of Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi will release on October 26, 2022 exclusively on Disney+.