Disney & Lucasfilm’s Female-Led Star Wars Forces of Destiny Animated Shorts First Trailer!

We first heard of the project at Star Wars Celebration but now we’ve got a new look at Lucasfilm’s female-led Star Wars Forces of Destiny animated shorts!

Highlighting the female heroes of Star Wars, Star Wars Forces of Destiny will “explore the untold stories that helped shape the destinies of Rey, Jyn Erso, Princess Leia, Sabine Wren, Padmè Amidala, Ahsoka Tano and others.” The Last Jedi star Daisy Ridley and Rogue One’s Felicity Jones will be voicing their famous characters as will Star Wars animation stars Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren) and Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano) and Lupita Nyong’o will join them to narrate as Maz Kanata. While Leia will be voiced by a Star Wars newcomer, Shelby Young, writer Jennifer Muro mentioned on Twitter that Catherine Taber would be reprising her role as Padmé from Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

“Going into it, I want to represent everyday heroism and the heroic moments that shape these characters in different ways,” Muro told Den of Geek recently. “Leia would handle a situation one way, Ahsoka another way, Jyn another way. That was the goal all along.”

The shorts will be 2-3 minutes each and are set to debut July 3rd on Disney’s YouTube channel. StarWars.com notes “A new short will premiere online each day at 10 a.m. PT, culminating with their broadcast debut on Disney Channel, Sunday, July 9; books, apparel, bedding, and toys based on the series will arrive August 1.”

In related universe news, The Hollywood Reporter updates us on IDW’s Star Wars comic books in the works for young readers. To kick things off they’ll be publishing an all-ages adaptation of The Force Awakens.

The 80-page graphic novel is written by Alessandro Ferrari, with art from a group of Disney artists intended to bridge the gap between Star Wars and traditional Disney animation, making it more attractive for younger audiences. This group has previously adapted both the original and prequel trilogies into comic format for best-selling editions published in the U.S. by Disney Lucasfilm Press.

A monthly series, dubbed Star Wars Adventures, will begin in May focused on Rey but also serve as an anthology with . This is not to be confused with Marvel’s line of Star Wars comics. A Captain Phasma-focused miniseries will launch with them in September as well by writer Kelly Thompson and artist Marco Checchetto.

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