We had heard rumblings of a character named Kanan, but we knew nothing else. Now we know that Kanan is being referred to as “The Cowboy Jedi” and voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr. Yet, there is even more Maniacs. USA Today broke the news about this latest character to join the Star Wars Universe. Check out the video below where Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg discuss this new character and how he must embrace his Jedi upbringing in this dark time.
"He saw the destruction of his way of life at the hands of Darth Vader and the Empire," says Dave Filoni, executive producer of Star Wars Rebels. "He doesn't know how [the Jedi] will move forward and survive now.."
Kanan is the "perceived head of the crew of The Ghost”. Which means there may actually be a Captain of the ship. Will Kanan have to rise the occasion? Star Wars Rebels begins in the fall of 2014.
Press Release: Not every guardian of peace and justice was lost to the tragedy of Order 66. Introducing Kanan, a survivor of the Emperor’s Jedi purge and one of the main characters of Star Wars Rebels.
Kanan, voiced by Freddie Prinze, Jr., is a less traditional Force-wielder than fans are used to seeing. He carries a blaster, is a little sarcastic, and keeps his past a secret. “I like to call Kanan ‘the cowboy Jedi,’” says executive producer Dave Filoni. As shown in this video, his Jedi robes are long gone, replaced with armor and a holster, though a samurai-like ponytail hints at his Jedi Knight origins.
In Star Wars Rebels, set between Episode III and IV, Kanan has been underground for years, evading the Empire. If the Imperials become aware of his existence “he’s going to get killed,” says art director Kilian Plunkett. He still has his lightsaber, but no longer uses it for fear of revealing his true identity -- and has ultimately forsaken the ways of the Jedi Order.
Star Wars Rebels will show Kanan’s journey as he rediscovers himself, just as a rebellion begins to form against the Empire. According to Filoni, “He’s a gunslinger that needs to put the gun away and pick up the sword again, and fight for noble causes and selfless causes.” But what will happen when he chooses to reignite his Jedi weapon, fighting once again for a greater purpose?
The video closes with a tease of what’s to come: an encounter with the nightmarish Inquisitor, the Empire’s Jedi hunter.
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