Liam Neeson Returns to Star Wars in ‘Tales of the Jedi’ Animated Series

Obi Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka aren’t the only new shows to be honored at Star Wars Celebration. Saturday afternoon saw an arena full of Star Wars fans eager to learn more about a new Disney+ animated series titled Tales of the Jedi.

Host Amy Radcliffe introduced series creator and writer Dave Filoni, who took the stage for what was probably his twelfth standing ovation of the weekend. But the man deserves it considering he’s probably responsible for almost as many beloved Star Wars guns as George Lucas himself between The Mandalorian, Boba Fett’s Book, Ahsoka, The bad lotand now Tales of the Jedi.

The origin of the new anime series is unlikely. “When I go back and forth to work on The Mandalorian, I would work on these little stories to pass the time on the plane. I showed one to [Senior VP , Development and Production] Carrie Beck and I said, “Check that out.” “She said she wanted to do it, and Filoni bluffed, ‘If you can find the money.’ Of course she did, and then Filoni had to write more and more tales.

Tales of the Jedi allows Filoni to translate what he learned while working live on The Mandalorian and Boba Fett back to animation, where he got his start. “It requires a different kind of eye when you do them, but to me it’s just Star Wars. The team I work with in animation, I think they’ve told some of the best stories in Star Wars that have never been told.

So what is it Tales of the Jedi? It is a series of six animated shorts divided into two halves. Three episodes will focus on Ahsoka Tano. “I chose Ahsoka of course. I’ve raised her since she was 14. These three stories cover a lot of Ahsoka’s life, spanning from her birth to her Jedi training (we see the concept art of her Jedi Temple training) and young adulthood (another piece of concept art shows an older Ahsoka confronting Darth Revan in front of a burning village).

The other character was Count Dooku, a reveal that comes with a character design that makes young Dooku look a lot like Christopher Lee from the Hammer Horror era. “I don’t think people understand that Dooku was a Jedi,” Filoni said. “I think that’s so important to understanding how the politics of the prequel era play out. Dooku does things for the right reasons, that’s the trap set by Darth Sidious. Filoni says Ahsoka and Dooku show two different paths Jedi can take.

There is another character that will be part of Dooku’s chapters: his padawan Qui-Gon Jinn. Filoni wanted to tell a story about masters and students, and it gave him the chance to explore the unexplored dynamic of Qui-Gon and Dooku. And yes, Liam Neeson will return to voice Qui-Gon as an adult, and, because Filoni likes to keep him in the family, Neeson’s own son will voice young Qui-Gon Jinn.

The panel included a screening of an episode of Ahsoka, an account of Ahsoka’s birth, and a rite of passage around her first birthday. It is the story of Ahsoka and her mother as they participate in a traditional ritual, in which the mother teaches the child not to fear death. This tale also hints at Ahsoka’s latent Jedi abilities and gives us a glimpse of the unique ethos that Ahsoka will hold dear and fans will respond to.

“I warn you, however, as nice as that [episode] it’s that he’s gentle and kind,” Filoni says, “there’s a balance in the Force. There are dark ones. As to why he chose to write about Ahsoka’s mother in the beginning rather than Ahsoka herself, he said, “Moms are so important and we haven’t had a lot of mother figures in Star Wars. . I wanted to show Ahsoka’s first experience with someone saying. “Don’t be afraid,” was his mother.

He added, “We could have brought one with more lightsabers, but you’ll get there.”

The panel ended with a full length trailer for Tales of the Jedi, which included a who’s who of Jedi from the prequel era – we’re talking Darth Revan, Mace Windu, Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and even Yaddle! Although no release date has been released, it has been announced that all six shorts will be released in the fall of 2022.

New York Post

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