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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Freddie Prinze Jr. Joins 'Star Wars: Rebels' as "Cowboy Jedi"

By Dave Bouressa

USA Today has just announced that actor Freddie Prinze Jr. will be taking the lead role as Kanan in the upcoming Disney XD show,  Star Wars Rebels, coming later this year.

Star Wars Rebels takes place 14 years after Revenge of the Sith and focuses around Kanan, a Jedi who has hidden underground since Order 66 and has lost faith in the old ways of the Jedi Order and has hidden away his lightsaber.

USA has exclusive video which you can see here that shows some early footage of the character.

"He's been forced to shove a massive part of his life under the bed, so to speak," Prinze says. "Is he living a lie? At a certain point, the lie kind of becomes the reality. And to suddenly be forced back into your Jedi ways, it'd be a bit of a challenge for him. And pretty awesome, too, when you can see what a Jedi can actually do."

Executive producer Dave Filoni describes Kanan as a "cowboy Jedi". And unlike the stoic knights of his order in the Star Wars mythos, his banter is as sharp as his blue lightsaber strokes.

There is some melancholy, too. Kanan lived through the attempted extinction of an entire culture when Order 66 came down during his formative years, and he's massively affected by it, says Prinze. He has definetely seen more than a young man should see, and what he had to see was pretty much the worst thing you would have to witness.

Until I see this series on television, I'm both cautious and curious about the series, and adding Prinze to the mix doesn't necessarily make me feel better about it, however, I felt the exact same way with Star Wars: The Clone Wars when it first started, and by the end of the series, turned out the be some of the best Star Wars since the original trilogy-and about half of the people who worked on The Clone Wars are working on Rebels, including (previously Supervising Director, now Executive Producer) Dave Filoni, so only time will tell.

Star Wars Rebels will premiere with an hour "movie" on Disney Channel later this year, followed by a series run on Disney XD.

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  1. I like that they are going with a "western" feel with some of the elements. Cad Bane was a home run. This guy seems like he could be too.