Right on schedule, Supergirl is filming its season two finale in Vancouver this week and, from the sounds of it, fans won’t be disappointed. It’s already been widely reported that Calista Flockhart, who plays Kara’s former boss Cat Grant, will be appearing in the final two episodes of the season. When the show moved to Vancouver from Los Angeles for its second season, Flockhart wasn’t willing to make the move, so this is the first time fans will be seeing her since she took a leave of absence from her company and left James Olsen in charge. Along with FLockhart, Tyler Hoechlin – who played Superman in the first two episodes of Supergirl season 2 – will be returning for the season finale as well. And, Supergirl has cast genre actor Mark Gibbon as General Zod for the final episodes of the season, too. Here are the latest updates regarding the season finale shoot but, be warned, there may be a few minor spoilers ahead: #Supergirl scene had Rhea and Supergirl having showdown, Chris was on set so Mon El would have had to make a choice #Karamel — Ken (@pursuit23) April 25, 2017 @TheCWSupergirl filming on top of building..
As usual, The Walking Dead will be back in production on the first Monday in May, which in this case falls on May 1. Though we don’t know much about what the new season will bring, Chandler Riggs, who plays Carl on the show, is promising the first episode won’t disappoint. just finished reading 801 of twd and oooo man it's good — chandler riggs (@chandlerriggs) April 19, 2017 We’ve also heard there are already “Do Not Mow” signs posted around Senoia, GA, another sure signs filming is about to get underway. In addition to Senoia, TSDF is reporting there are more signs on Hwy 20 in Hampton at 4th St and Solomon in Griffin, and at Tyrone Rd and Flat Creek in Fayetteville. If you spot TWD filming in Georgia, let us know about it at email@example.com!
The most brilliant comedy on TV returns! The fourth season premiere of HBO’s Silicon Valley is titled “Success Failure,” which is a pretty accurate description of the show so far.
Richard and the rest of the Pied Piper crew have seen tiny pieces of amazing success and attention thrown at them that promise to make them enough money to live the rest of their lives, only for them to lose it all each and every time. After three seasons of this, it’s hard not to get a little bit disinterested in this motley crew, but this season started off by doing something pretty brilliant – they’re rebooting it. Or at least, they’re changing the direction of the show.
A New Title Sequence
One of the most underappreciated parts of each Silicon Valley episode is its title sequence, which changes from season-to-season. The sequence shows the Valley being built up with corporations in a mere ten seconds, so quickly that it takes a few rewatches to catch the many in-jokes each contains.
For instance, near the space where a Napster balloon floated up before imploding and falling to the ground, a massive Uber balloon rose up in season two. In season three, a smaller Lyft balloon rose up to bounce against Uber, futily. But at the start of the season 4 premiere, they’re both about the same size and knocking against each other, probably due to Uber’s incredible snafus made earlier this year and Lyft taking advantage of their rival’s bad press so expertly.
Last season, there were a couple of drones delivering bottles of champagne to buildings. This year, they’re all over the skies, delivering six-packs of beer and individual pizza slices.
Another building now has a sign for Theranos, which immediately starts to peel off the building, probably due to the multiple FBI vans outside. The company isn’t doing well, lately. There are probably a dozen more tiny references taking place on the rooftops and streets, just a small hint of the brilliant depths of the show.
The Most Silicon Valley Moment
If you think a $ 400 juicer is a stupid waste of money (it is), how about what Hooli CEO Gavin Belson gets up to in this episode? We see him with his new hire Jack Barker on the way back from a successful trip to China. Gavin becomes incredibly angry when Jack convinces him that it would be faster to drop him off at his destination first, even though it’s clearly farther. Gavin becomes so obsessed with this slight that he sends his right hand man on the exact trip from China to San Francisco to time how long each leg of the journey it takes. When he returns and confirms that it was indeed 28.3 minutes shorter if they had gone Gavin’s way, Gavin sends him back out to take five more private transcontinental flights in order to sum up the average time, to account for headwind and other variables. The purpose of this? He’s concerned with Barker’s corporate spending.
Barker ends up delightfully punished for this at the end of the episode, demoted to an “office” in the fourth sub basement next to the servers, facing the door of a men’s room.
The Doors of a Billionaire
With each of these weekly review, I plan to single out the best one-liner of the episode, so color me surprised that this one didn’t belong to something from the mouth of Erlich Bachman. We all know that T. J. Miller is king of the one-liners and will usually dominate this section, but we can’t blame him because this episode features an appearance by Chris Diamantopoulos’ Russ Hanneman, the billionaire who put radio on the internet. He appears in his ridiculous car to meet with Richard outside of his kid’s school. His greeting?
“Thanks for meeting me here. My fucking nanny got a D.U.I. and lost her license and I’m stuck picking up my own kid like an asshole. So what’s up?”
This is perhaps the tamest portion of his dialogue, which is delivered in front of horrified children and parents. Russ may be crazy, but it’s only because of this interaction that Richard realizes that he’s not fully behind the new direction of Pied Piper, and he has only one thing he can do – quit.
By far the best joke in the episode is Russ peeling out in his car after his chat with Richard, blasting Papa Roach’s “Last Resort,” the way we all wish Paul Ryan did.
The Most Inspiring Speech
Dinesh and Gilfoyle have the best (lack of) chemistry on the show, so it was perhaps shocking to think that Gilfoyle would ever back Dinesh as the new CEO of Pied Piper. But after Dinesh’s rousing speech, he had no option but to fall in line.
“Gilfoyle, can I please be CEO of Pied Piper?” pleads Dinesh.
“Spoken like a true leader,” replies our favorite anarchist. “But, since your failure as a leader is a virtual certainty, tolerating your short reign as CEO in exchange for a front-row seat to the disaster seems fair. Plus if I’m wrong, which I’m not, I get rich. So I’m down with Dinesh.”
And the new crew gets almost immediately to work on their video conferencing app, with a new gung-ho leader who’s actually interested in the product they’re creating.
Building, Not Sustaining
Richard’s problem has always been that he’s a weirdo genius. He’s an amazing engineer and the rest of the crew has admitted many times that they can’t code like he can, but he has absolutely no social skills. This is what makes the show so fun to watch, but it also means thatany time he tries to steer the ship, it’s destined to smash into pieces against rocks he didn’t even see.
Richard finally realizes that in this episode, and breaks off from the new Pied Piper video chat direction (which Dinesh is excited about, since it’s his!) to do his very own thing – and that thing is to build a new internet using his algorithm. He doesn’t even know how this will work, so this should be interesting. Will he achieve an engineering miracle, only to fall back into the same self-defeating problems? Or will he finally give up the front-facing roles of the company to people that are actually good at it? We still have a whole season ahead of us to find out.
Check out four new images from Netflix’s House of Cards season five
Today Netflix released four new images from the upcoming House of Cards season five. The show will premiere on the streaming service in its entirety on May 30, 2017. Starring two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey, the fifth season will see Francis (Spacey) run for re-election with his wife, Claire (Robin Wright), by his side. You can check out the images in the slideshow below.
House of Cards season five was written before last year’s Presidential election, so there is unlikely to be specific parallels here. Executive producer Melissa James Gibson spoke to EW about the inevitable comparisons, saying, “Sure, the resonance sometimes feels eerie. But Trump is an outsider who’s trying to blow up the system, and Francis is the opposite.” At the end of season four, Frank was not only launching his Presidential campaign (he was not elected, as you may recall) with his wife, but plotting to declare war on ICO to distract from a certain damaging article.
Based on the BBC miniseries of the same name, House of Cards is executive produced by David Fincher, Joshua Donen, Beau Willimon, Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti, John David Coles and Eric Roth. The one-hour drama is produced by Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix. House of Cards season 5 also stars Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkinson, Neve Campbell, Derek Cecil, Paul Sparks, and Joel Kinnaman.
Are you guys excited to see what’s coming in House of Cards season five? Will the Underwoods win the Presidency? Who are they going to kill off? We want to hear from you. Let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.
The sixth season of Game of Thrones concluded with a massive war about to open up on four fronts, with the living battling the living as the undead waited to make their move. And then, to rub salt in the wound, winter finally arrived. After all, the Stark words always come true, eventually.
The chill of winter can be seen all over the first official Game of Thrones season 7 photos, which feature cast members bundled under heavier coats and cloaks than usual.
HBO has released 16 new photos from the upcoming season, which is set to premiere this summer. That may seem like a lot of images, but Game of Thrones has a lot of characters – the gallery below is huge and it still feels like the tip of the iceberg when it comes to every single character of importance in Westeros.
Of course, the usual suspects are all here. Jon Snow still furrowing his brow at the distance, Arya Stark is still hanging out in places that seem a little unsavory for a girl of her age, Meera is still dragging Bran through the zombie-infested lands north of the Wall, Jaime and Cersei and still inseparable (even when she’s on the Iron Throne), Davos still looks like the only guy in the land who can actually get things done, and Petyr Baelish is still getting too close for comfort to Sansa Stark.
However, these images do provide a few fun surprises. For example, there’s Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, now dressed for winter as a member of the Brotherhood With Banners. There’s the return of the pint-sized badass Lyanna Mormont, who will surely steal each and every one of her scenes again. There’s Tormund Giantsbane, still making it pretty clear to Brienne of Tarth that he’s very, very interested. And we also have our first look at Sam and Gilly in their new lives at the Citadel, where things will hopefully start looking up for this adorable and oft-abused couple.
However, the real MVPs of this gallery are Daenerys and her inner circle: Tyrion Lannister, Missandei, Varys, and Grey Worm. They’re all dressed for the colder Westeros climate after making the journey across the Narrow Sea and they look spectacular. Those new leather uniforms give Cersei’s black queen get-up a run for its money in the “best dressed on the continent” contest.
Game of Thrones season 7 is set to premiere on July 16, 2017.
Is production on Luke Cage starting soon? Which Avenger does Dave Bautista want to see Drax the Destroyer share a scene with the most? Want to see Rob Liefeld‘s drawing of Josh Brolin as Cable? Do you want to see Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel recording their voices for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? Is Wade Wilson‘s blind roommate coming back for Deadpool 2? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.
Deadline has confirmed that Marvel Studioswill be returning to Comic-Con San Diego this summer with a panel.
The fate of fan-favorite character Ahsoka Tano has been kept a mystery since that climactic confrontation in the season two finale of Star Wars Rebels. A whole season has gone by, and it seems like we are no closer to getting any answers. But did the Star Wars Rebels season 4 trailer secretly reveal the fate of the former Jedi? Let’s dive into a new theory that involves some exclusive comments from executive producer Dave Filoni.
The Mystery of Ahsoka’s Fate
The Star Wars Rebels season two finale “Twilight of the Apprentice” ended with a confrontation between Ahsoka and her old master Darth Vader in an ancient Sith temple on Malachor. Ahsoka declares that she is no longer “a Jedi,” which is a convenient excuse to allow the character to survive the series and live on during the New Hope era. But Ahsoka stays within the crumbling temple and stalls Vader, allowing the Ghost crew to escape.
The ending leaves Ahsoka’s fate as a bit of a mystery, with the character following an owl into the darkness just before the temple collapses. Fans have been clamoring for answers ever since. Season 3 of the series has come and gone, and still, we have little to no information about the fate of the former Jedi.
Dave Filoni on Ahsoka’s Fate at Celebration 2017
Star Wars Rebels creator Dave Filoni teased throughout the weekend that he would have information about Ahsoka’s fate at Saturday morning’s Star Wars Rebels Season 4 presentation. But Filoni didn’t say anything about Ahsoka during the panel. He wore a t-shirt that said “AHSOKA LIVES?”, but after they premiered the trailer, he appeared on stage with a slightly modified version of the shirt.
When asked about the t-shirt change during the press conference, Filoni jokingly acted like he didn’t know what the reporter was talking about. But as you can see in the screenshots above, Filoni’s t-shirt changed to “AHSOKA LIVES!” I asked Filoni about Ahsoka in an exclusive interview following the panel, and here is what he told me:
“Well, first of all, the character and the way people feel about her really amazes me. She’s really become this thing within Star Wars that I think transcends Rebels or Clone Wars. People love that character, they believe in that character. They’ve read the book, it’s fantastic, it sold really well. Which is something I was really interested in with the book. I wanted to see could Ahsoka hold her own like any of these major characters who get their own books. So I’m very careful with all of her moves as a character, and what we do. One of the biggest challenges I had was that episode where she has the confrontation with Darth Vader. I was able to think about that for a long time and get it right. I love those episodes. We’ll see. I have to be very careful where I go from here. I feel like there is a lot built up, almost to the point that anything I do won’t satisfy. But I’ve had a plan, and I plan on executing that plan as we move forward, and we’ll see what that means.”
As for what that plan might be, the following is entirely speculation, but the result might line up with reality. So if you don’t want to theorize about how the new trailer may have confirmed Ahsoka’s fate, please turn away now.
What Happened to Ahsoka?
The key to this mystery might lie in a set of 10 digital trading cards that were released for Topps’ Star Wars: Card Trader app. The set was announced at last year’s Star Wars Celebration Europe, with Dave Filoni releasing never-before-seen bold three-color (red, black, and white) artwork depicting the final moments of “Twilight of the Apprentice.”
The cards show Ahsoka walking through a triangular arch into the remains of the temple, and what Filoni has described as her “psychological, subconsciousness” journey “into the underworld.” We see her follow an owl-like creature, known in the Star Wars universe as a convoree, through the water to a set of stairs…her ascension from the underworld perhaps?
The last image in the series shows Ahsoka stepping through what appears to be a portal circled by a series of white Wolves. Could these wolves be the key to solving this mystery?
The Mantis Daughter Theory
/Film reader Alessio Pasquali points out that the convoree might be a reference to the Mortis arc from The Clone Wars. That series featured two Force users, Daughter and Son, who could transform into animals – a griffin and gargoyle. Ahsoka is poisoned by the Son and becomes a servant of evil. In order to save her, the Daughter sacrifices her own life, giving over her remaining life force to the Jedi.
In the season two finale of Star Wars Rebels, we saw a convoree fly by just as Ahsoka walked towards the arches in the temple. Could this convoree be a visualization of Daughter from Mortis? The winged, owl-like bird shows up twice in the series: once in “The Mystery of Chopper Base” right as Ahsoka and Ezra are getting ready to depart for Malachor, and again after we see Ahsoka’s retreating in the temple.
Is Ahsoka the Wolf in the Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Trailer?
And then we can jump back to this weekend, where DisneyXD premiered the trailer for the fourth and final season of Star Wars Rebels. For the most part, the trailer is character-based with no big visual surprises. But after the voice over reveals “we never imagined it would end like this,” we see a shot of Ezra and Sabine riding a mythical looking white wolf through the foggy darkness.
Remember that last piece in Dave Filoni’s art series featuring Ahsoka walking through a portal surrounded by white wolves. Is it possible that Ahsoka now has the power to transform herself into this wolf-like creature? Before coming upon this theory, I asked Filoni about the wolf in the trailer, and he laughed:
“It’s in there because I love wolves, and I think I’ve threatened to put wolves in Star Wars and the Story Group all know that I love wolves. It was really all of them saying let’s do this. And in the very beginning of the show, season one when I was working with Greg Weisman, Ezra says a little rhyme: ‘Loth-cat, Loth-cat, Loth-wolf run. Pick a path and all is done.’ And so it really cues into that. Loth-wolves are a thing that have been there and we’ll find out why we haven’t seen them. It’s exciting. It’s something ever since Carroll Ballard’s Never Cry Wolf, which was a film that hugely inspired me as a kid. I’ve always been interested in, and I’ve found a way to weave them in to the tapestry of this story. I won’t say what they are about. I’m glad people are interested in them, and that’s probably a good thing. We’ll have to see where it goes.”
What do you think? Is Ahsoka the Loth-Wolf? Star Wars Rebels season 4 will premiere on DisneyXD in Fall 2017.
Dave Filoni talks Rebels season 4 influences and the allure of live action
Star Wars Celebration 2017 was a bittersweet one for fan-favorite creator Dave Filoni. The popular animation director was able to assemble the cast of his hit series Star Wars Rebels in front of a crowd of thousands of fans to tell them about the upcoming season, but also had to reveal to them that it was the final one for the show. We caught up with Filoni after the panel to talk about how he works in such an expansive franchise, his temptation by working in live action, and even how King of the Hill lead to Star Wars Rebels.
ComingSoon.net: One thing I’m always really fascinated to talk to people about is taking a live-action franchise and putting it in another medium and how some have the tendency to say, “we’re not limited by budget and all these things so let’s do whatever we want,” and some want to preserve the aesthetic of the franchise. So I wanted hear your take on that.
Dave Filoni: Well, I’ve never met anybody in this field that says they’re not limited by budget, that would be amazing. I think the challenge in our field is you are limited by budget, but who cares? You have to be creative and solve the problems within the budget and make it as great as it can be. The budget is the function of creativity here, it’s never a limiting thing, it just tells you how creative you’ve got to be. For me the goal on all the animated series that I’ve done is just to make them feel like they’re a part of the films. We might be able to do something stylistically that’s different, so I don’t really worry about photo realism but I do worry about the look of it stylistically, that we don’t take Star Wars in a direction that’s not authentic to it; so we use a touchstone of it like Ralph McQuarrie and say “It should FEEL a bit like that,” and then we evolve the style from there. I think that’s truly important. Something that’s this, the 40 year anniversary with a global fandom, there are things you expect from a Star Wars story, it’s true from the look of it to the tone of it, and I try to sit inside this as best I can, but I would never try to grossly change it or make too many concessions. But Hondo Ohnaka wears a different outfit in this show than in “The Clone Wars,” which is a function of the story and the budget, so it’s just little differences like that. As far as the story goes it shouldn’t be noticeable.
CS: Building off of what you said of keeping it still in that same space of the franchise, we saw in the trailer the scene of them riding this big wolf, which to someone that maybe is not as familiar with the cartoons and maybe just the movies might see that and think “That’s not Star Wars,” but there’s constantly giant animals…
Filoni: There’s always giant animals. There’s Dewbacks, there’s bizarre creatures and if you look closely they’re not straight-up wolves. Star Wars creatures are never really that tremendously bizarre and different. There’s a tendency now with the opportunities of CG to make things completely bizarre. A Dewback doesn’t really feel like anything much different than a big lizard, really? And a Bantha wasn’t something completely foreign to us, you could almost believe it was a real thing. I know stuff like that can be challenging, but it’s not just the visual of it, it’s how it fits in the story, what role it plays. I think when you look at something like a wolf and what it represents, even in our own world and reality it’s a challenging animal. There are people that love it and people that hate it and try to destroy it, people that try to protect it, so there’s a lot of similarities there to the Force and the light side and the dark side, and I find all that kind of interesting.
CS: I want to go back to the fight scene between Obi-Wan and Darth Maul and I love its simplicity, not how quick the fight itself is but how the scene itself is constructing around just these two characters in a scene and it’s very much like Kurosawa, and that was something George was playing with in the original movies. How often are you talking about those things that he was playing with then with the things you’re making now?
Filoni: It’s always in my mind. Working with George like I did, I really respect him and appreciate everything he taught me and I think that he gave me certain concepts and clues as to how this all works and what makes it special and what keeps it special. Something that’s just inherent in Star Wars is a love of film, a love of stories and storytelling and serialization. Kurosawa was something George deeply respected, and he worked with him, I wouldn’t use those things lightly but it seemed like an appropriate moment for that respect and usage of imagery. It felt right, it was the right place for it, but it’s always going to be an influence. Again, I can’t say enough, I’m not here to change Star Wars, I’m not here to make my version of Star Wars. I’m here to keep telling the story as authentically as I can.
CS: Another thing I love to talk to filmmakers and creatives about is the movies that maybe they take a kernel of an idea from there and expand on it in their work. The example I like to go to is I talked to the Russos on the set of Civil War and I asked them that question and the movie they kept talking about Se7en and at the time we thought “What does this mean?” but when you see the movie you say “Yes, of course it’s Se7en!” Are there any movies people wouldn’t guess are influencing you?
Filoni: There’s always a bunch. I think as a visual storyteller you’re always inspired by what you see other people doing and it effects you. Definitely in season four I was effected by the way the film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” makes me feel. Some of the imagery and wonder that it portrays. I’m always influenced, as you can see by this first episode if you saw it, “Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Obviously that’s a truck chase moment, but it goes beyond that, it goes more into some of the wonder you see and the real question of this mystery about an Ark and an object, so I get some influence there. I love Carroll Ballard’s film “Never Cry Wolf,” which is one a lot of people aren’t familiar with, but it was a big movie for me growing up, so obviously it’s pretty easy to see the influence it might have had, and if you know the book by Farley Mowat, you know that it’s an influence. These are my experiences, I have some things in my own personal life that effected this season that I wrote to and I think really helped shape what goes on here, and allowed me to understand a deeper meaning for things that I didn’t understand before. I think all in all it’s a great season but you’re always effected by the movies around you. Every time I see what the other guys are doing, Rian (Johnson) and “The Last Jedi.” I love that opening shot of the trailer, it’s magic from me. It’s nice to draw inspiration even from the people working around you.
CS: You mention The Last Jedi, and there’s always fan chatter, they always want to know the next thing…
Filoni: Yes, they do.
CS: Even though they don’t have the thing that’s coming…
Filoni: Dessert before dinner.
CS: There seems to be a lot of people that have a desire for you to grab one of these standalone Star Wars movies, is that something you’re interested in or do you like the animation side?
Filoni: I’d be crazy to say I’m not interested in that. I don’t want to say that would be the ultimate, because I really enjoy the stories I’m telling now and I would never undercut them by saying they’re something less. I think the craft we do and the work we do in these series is tremendous and the artists we have working on them are amazing. But I can’t help but be curious about this live-action world and what I see there and the tremendous opportunities that are around me. It is very interesting to me, I respect the craft that it is, it’s a different style. I’ve been observing and learning a lot about it to see how I would do (it) and if it fits with my creative vision for things or would I encumber the process. I don’t do things like that unless I feel like I do have a real ownership and mastery of it, I just think it’s disrespectful to the crew that you would work with, who would obviously been tremendous professionals and I wouldn’t want to hinder them in any way. You know, we’ll see. In some circles you find you’re a master and in some circles you’re still a Padawan, we should always be learning, all of us. Always be learning.
CS: Before I let you go, I read online that you worked on King of the Hill.
Filoni: I did!
CS: Which is one of my favorite things. I don’t know if you can hear it but i’m clearly Southern.
Filoni: So that really connected for you?
CS: Completely. I just want to hear what it was like working on King of the Hill.
Filoni: It was a great experience. I really have to say that it helped in the long run, to shape where I got to, because at Film Roman on “King of the Hill,” I was surrounded by a lot of people that had worked on “The Simpsons” and had been on “King of the Hill,” so they’re incredible professionals in the animation industry. There is so much artistry that goes into that show. Mike Judge is an incredible writer, gave us incredible material to work with, but the directors and the animation people and story people I worked with I was able to learn a lot in a very short amount of time, and they’re lifelong friends. I still have people that I work with to this day that I met in that first year of my career. I was able to do character layout, I was about to do story boarding, I was able to become an assistant director, I was able to go visit the prop designers, the set designers, the background designers and just learn all about it, so it was a really valuable lesson.
You don’t think you go to art school to sit and draw four guys drinking beer by the side of a fence but then you find there’s a lot of artistry that goes into that. Also the way “King of the Hill” is shot you think of more like a three-camera television system, but I was able to do an episode where Hank visits the Dallas Cowboys training camp and I wanted to shoot that a lot more like the movie “The Natural.” So when I did the storyboard I thought when Hank picks up the football in the middle of the field, we’re in his head and in his head it’s this Roy Hobbes moment, and everybody loved that, and I think that’s where early on you get a glimpse of “I want a bigger frame and a bigger screen,” even on “King of the Hill” I want to play these ideas out. It was a wonderful experience, I really love it and the people that I worked with there. I worked with Mike DiMartino on “King of the Hill” and he later went on to create “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and I got a job on “Avatar” because we had a relationship, then I got taken off “Avatar” and put on “The Clone Wars.” So you never know where you start out where it’s going to lead.
CS: It all comes back to King of the Hill.
Filoni: It does oddly. I still have a maquette from that show that we have in my office up at Lucasfilm. (Editor’s note: Filoni begins speaking like Hank Hill from the series) “Dangit ya sit there and ya talk like these characters cause ya have ‘em in yer head all day.” You just can’t help it, they’re wonderful, wonderful characters. All of them.
Saturday morning at Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 began with a bang, with a sneak preview of the fourth season of Star Wars Rebels. Creator/executive producer Dave Filoni and the crew of the Ghost were on hand to debut the first trailer for the hit Disney XD animated series.
Along with the new trailer, Dave Filoni also revealed that this will be the final season of Star Wars Rebels. Hit the jump to watch the first Star Wars Rebels season 4 trailer now.
Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Trailer
The third season of Star Wars Rebels ended with the Rebellion suffering a massive defeat to the Empire, thanks to the masterful guidance of Admiral Thrawn. Ezra recruited the help of Sabine Wren, reuniting the family that is the Ghost crew.
Speaking of which, now that Sabine is back, we’re going to dive into more of her issues with her Mandalorian family. In addition to the new Mandalorians showing up, the panel hinted that we might see the most famous Mandalorian, the bounty hunter known as Boba Fett, make an appearance at some point.
Now that they’re back together, the Ghost crew is facing the Empire for one last season. Admiral Thrawn is still at large, and this time his bodyguard Rukh (voiced by Return of the Jedi star Warwick Davis) from the Star Wars Legends side of things is being brought into the series as another villain to contend with.
Plus, as the series gets closer to the timeline of when A New Hope begins, we’ll see a little bit of crossover with Rogue One. Saw Gerrera can be glimpsed in this trailer, voiced by Forest Whitaker himself, and his co-pilot Two Tubes will be alongside him in a U-Wing. There also appears to be at least one Death Trooper popping up as well, so who knows what other Rogue One pieces will make it into the fourth season of Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars Celebration is screening the first episode of the fourth season at the time of this writing, and our own Peter Sciretta will have a reaction from the season premiere sometime this weekend, so stay tuned.
What did you think of the Rebels season 4 trailer? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. While no premiere date is scheduled, expect season four of Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD sometime in fall 2017.
Straight from Star Wars Celebration, we have a bunch of updates on the upcoming fourth season of Star Wars Rebels, which has been confirmed to be the final season of the animated series on Disney XD.
Executive producer Dave Filoni appeared at the convention with cast members Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan), Taylor Gray (Ezra), Tiya Sircar (Sabine), Vanessa Marshall (Hera) and Steven Blum (Zeb) to talk about what’s in store for the reunited Ghost crew.
Find out everything we learned from the Star Wars Rebels season 4 panel after the jump.
The panel began things by talking about each of the members of the Ghost crew and what will be happening with each of them.
Hera Feels the Impact of Season 3 Losses
Voice actress Vanessa Marshall shared that Hera Syndulla still has the same agenda as before, but her focus is much more sharp, despite being rather impacted by the losses that the group experienced in the third season. Marshall went on:
“She is more focused and committed than ever to get the job done. It’s vital. It’s essential. Not that she was kidding earlier. I think [the Ghost crew members] are pressed to the very edges of their ability of what is put before them. And I think we’ll see that in season four.”
Thrawn really stuck into the Rebels last season, and knowing that this is the final season, now is the time for them to strike back, and Hera will be ready, becoming a General in the Rebel Alliance, just as she was referred to in Rogue One.
Zeb Becomes More of an Uncle
Steven Blum jokes that Zeb is “about 20% better at not losing Chopper in bets. Not because he likes Chopper more, just because he’s better at betting.” But more seriously, Blum notes:
“Zeb has become more of an uncle than a brother. He’s becoming more of a responsible citizen rather than being a tough muscle head. I’m looking forward to him making smarter remarks and better choices.”
Zeb has always been one of those characters that’s a little more rough around the edges, but the comparison to him becoming more like a cool uncle is an apt one. He won’t come down on Ezra in the same way that Kanan does, but he’s still one of his elders.
Chopper Isn’t Just a Grump
Dave Filoni mentioned that Chopper has gotten a little cocky now that he’s a bit of a movie star after appearing in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Beyond that, Filoni indicated that the droid may be grumpy because he hasn’t really had much of an arc. The droid is feisty and grumpy, but the executive producer elaborated on how that will change a bit this season”
“Chopper doesn’t have an arc. He’s more of a reveal. You’ll learn more about him. When someone is that cantankerous, you’ll find that actually means they care the most. He has a bigger heart than you realize, because when the chips are down, he likes these guys.”
It’ll be interesting to see how Chopper shows the heart that lies within his gears in this final season.
Sabine Has Mandalorian Family Woes
Sabine is probably the most interesting character in Star Wars Rebels, and this final season will allow us to explore more of her complicated family. Voice actress Tiya Sircar was cautious about revealing too much of what’s in store this season when it comes to the Mandalorian family she has, but she said this:
“It will be surprising where we end up and – I’m very scared right now [to accidentally give away secrets] – who might show up. There might be some new people you know, there might be some people you haven’t seen before. They might all be Mandalorian.”
There was a clear hint that the Mandalorian bounty hunter known as Boba Fett might make an appearance this season, which will be a real treat for fans. As for how Sabine develops this season, especially with regards to her Mandalorian family, Sircar also offered this tidbit:
“Sabine is in a new place this season. We saw her step into her own in a way we hadn’t sen before. We knew she was super capable, the epitome of this Mandalorian warrior who happens to also be this incredible creative artist. I don’t think we’d seen that dichotomy before. a complex woman wise behind her year. But she’s still a young lady with her own insecurities and trust issues. We’ve seen her grow and mature into this really capable adult. I think she’s gotten beyond those issues with this family, but she has all these other issues with this other family, and we’ll explore those in season 4.”
Kanan Is Blind, But Sees Better Than Ever
Now let’s get to one of our Jedi characters. Freddie Prinze Jr. says Kanan is still blind, but “he sees more than he has ever seen before. He knows what path these Rebels need to be on. It takes some time to figure it out, but once he figures it out, he has the certainty that you’ve seen in other Jedi before.”
Freddie Prinze Jr. talked about how the death of Obi-Wan Kenobi impacted him as a kid, making him hate Darth Vader. He didn’t make any winks or nods during this conversation, but I wonder if this was a hint that Kanan may not make it through the end of the season alive. That’s something we’ve assumed since all the Jedi are essentially gone by the time the original trilogy begins, so this wouldn’t be all that surprising.
What Kind of Jedi Will Ezra Become?
Finally, Kanan’s apprentice Ezra has gone through plenty of changes over the three season we’ve spent with him, and now he’s going through the part of his life where he has to decide not just what kind of Jedi he wants to be, what kind of person he wants to be.
Ezra has surpassed Kanan in some ways, as far as his Jedi powers are concerned, but since he’s still a young man, he still has struggles with his anger and faith that make his coming of age rather complicated. Even so, Taylor Gray says that Ezra will make some great decisions this season, presumably away from the dark side.
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