Star Wars launches spin-off series about female heroes

Jennifer Read-Dominguez
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From Digital Spy

Daisy Ridley and Felicity Jones will be back as Rey and Jyn Erso in new Star Wars animated series Forces of Destiny.

Today (April 13), Disney and Lucasfilm announced the new initiative celebrating the inspiring stories of iconic female heroes from across the Star Wars universe.

The original series of animated shorts (each 2-3 minutes in length) will explore exciting, all-new adventures of key characters including Rey, Jyn Erso, Sabine Wren, Princess Leia, Ahsoka Tano and others, ahead of books and a TV special later in the year.

The stories will also be supported by a line of toys from Hasbro, including new Adventure Figures – a fusion between traditional dolls and action figures, creating a whole new way to play Star Wars.

Fans will be delighted to hear familiar voices in the series, including: Daisy Ridley (Rey), Felicity Jones (Jyn), Tiya Sircar (Sabine), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano) and Lupita Nyong'o (Maz Kanata as narrator).

In a statement, President of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy said: "Star Wars Forces of Destiny is for anyone who has been inspired by Leia's heroism, Rey's courage, or Ahsoka's tenacity.

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"We're thrilled that so many of the original actors are reprising their roles in these shorts which capture the small moments and everyday decisions that shape who these characters are.

"It is a fun new way for people to experience Star Wars."

Star Wars Forces of Destiny will remain true to the Star Wars canon, showing how choices both big and small ultimately shape the destinies of beloved characters.

Launching in July, the animated micro-series will be available on Disney's YouTube channel ahead of a two-part TV special featuring eight additional shorts on the Disney Channel in Autumn 2017.

To conclude: Who run the worlds? Girls.

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