One of the biggest and most successful brands ever is expanding again, as Disney and Lucasfilm are launching Star Wars Forces of Destiny, a new initiative that includes a series of animated shorts and an accompanying toy line.
Focused on the female heroes of Star Wars, Forces of Destiny’s six core characters are Leia Organa, Padme Amidala, Ahsoka Tano, Sabine Wren, Rey and Jyn Erso. In the 16 shorts, which will be released on YouTube, each of these six will take a turn starring in new stories that co-exist alongside the existing Star Wars lore. Which is to say, yes, these are canon! On top of that, several notable Star Wars actors from both live action and animation are reprising their roles here, including The Force Awakens’ Daisy Ridley (“Rey”), Rogue One’s Felicity Jones (“Jyn”), The Clone Wars’ Ashley Eckstein (“Ashoka”), Rebels’ Tiya Sircar (“Sabine”), The Force Awakens’ John Boyega (“Finn”), The Clone Wars’ Matt Lanter (“Anakin Skywalker”), Rebels’ Vanessa Marshall (“Hera Syndulla”), The Clone Wars’ Catherine Taber (“Padme”) and The Force Awakens’ Lupita Nyong’o (“Maz Kanata”). Per EW, voicing Leia will be a newcomer to Star Wars, Shelby Young (American Horror Story).