Earlier this year, the first eight Star Wars: Forces of Destiny shorts hit the internet and everyone seems to love them. (aside from a few haters). Now we're getting a new trailer that promises two 30-minute TV specials coming to the Disney Channel next month. Both will be complete with never-before-seen content. Watch the newest trailer below, and refresh your memory about what these shorts are all about.
Disney says the specials will include:
“A total of eight never-before-seen installments” along with compilations of the popular animated shorts that have already been released that feature Rey (Daisy Ridley), Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), Sabine Wren (Tiya Sircar), Princess Leia (Shelby Young), Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein), and Padmé Amidala (Catherine Taber). The new shorts will also include characters like “Han Solo, Hera Syndulla, Finn, Maz Kanata and many others,” so Star Wars vets John Boyega, Matt Lanter, and Lupita Nyong’o will be getting in on the voiceover action.
Forces of Destiny was launched this summer as a way to shine a light on the female characters in the Star Wars universe, but Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy pointed out that the short films are “for anyone who has been inspired by Leia’s heroism, Rey’s courage, or Ahsoka’s tenacity.”
For all you die-hards you should know that all these shorts are considered to be Star Wars Canon. Each of the stories go through the Lucasfilm Story Group to make sure the details all make sense in the larger context of the franchise. Lucasfilm Story Group member Carrie Beck explains:
“One of the opportunities here was to tell the stories in between the larger moments and imagine some of the ways our characters have crossed. It’s all part of the larger swath of storytelling.”
As for the shorts, we can expect some crossover between the characters in these new installments. The first batch of short films debuted on Disney’s YouTube page and was eventually collected into a TV special of their own; this time it sounds like the reverse will happen, and the new shorts will hit YouTube after they premiere on television.
The new series of Star Wars: Forces of Destiny shorts will debut on the Disney Channel on October 1, 2017, and October 29, 2017, at 8 pm.