The canon of Star Wars will continue to expand beyond just films, books, and existing TV series: A new series of animated shorts called Star Wars: Forces of Destiny will give new insight into several of the saga’s leading ladies.
On Wednesday, Disney released a first look preview of Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, which, though not explicitly female-focused, does seem to be offering stories specifically starring the women of Star Wars. Clone Wars and Rebels producer Dave Filoni calls the installments in Forces of Destiny, “bite-size, short, self-contained adventures that take place in different time periods. It’s very much a real part of Star Wars.” This last comment seems to indicate these shorts will definitely be considered part of the expanding canon. The voice cast of these shorts will include Daisy Ridley as Rey, Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano, Tiya Sircar as Sabine Wren, and Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata. The brief preview for Maz’s section shows her having some Yoda-style stew and saying it is a “good time for telling stories.” Maybe Maz will finally tell us how she got Luke’s lightsaber in one of these shorts?
Back in December, Lucasfilm filed a patent for the term “Star Wars: Forces of Destiny,” which indicated they were planning something big. It’s unclear if Forces of Destiny will air on the Disney channel or online. Watch the preview here: