We can’t wait until Season 4 of Star Wars Rebels begins this Fall, so we’re taking a look back at this year’s Star Wars Celebration. The festivities included three days of amazing panels, like 40 Years of Star Wars, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Heroines of Star Wars, and Mark Hamill’s Tribute to Carrie Fisher, all of which were full of amazing reveals, surprise visits, hilarious moments, and even tears of joy. Day 3 was especially epic because we got to attend the Star Wars Rebels Season Four Sneak Peek Panel! Hosted by David Collins, and including Executive Producer Dave Filoni, who has been a gem at all of the panels at Star Wars Celebration this year and every year, it was full of amazing insights about the upcoming season, and a look at the new trailer, and a viewing of the first episode. We could not be more pumped. The panel began as Dave Filoni entered with voice actors Freddie Prinze, Jr. (Kanan), Vanessa Marshall (Hera), Taylor Gray (Ezra), Steve Blum (Zeb), and Tiya Sircar (Sabine). Here’s what we learned:
Hera’s agenda is the same, but she’ll be even more committed to achieving it.
Vanessa Marshall said of her character, “I think it’s still the same agenda, but I believe her focus is much more sharp…I think she’s really impacted by the losses that the group experienced in Season Three…She’s more committed than ever to get the job done.” She added that the Rebels team will be “pressed to the edges to handle what they need to get done.” After the epic conclusion and defeats in Season Three, we’re looking forward to seeing the Rebels team bounce back.
We’ll see a change in Zeb.
“Zeb will get 20% better at not losing to Chopper in bets,” joked voice actor Steve Blum. For those who need a refresher, Chopper is the grumpy war veteran droid who often provides us with comedic relief. Blum then added on a more serious note about Zeb: “He’s becoming a more responsible citizen, rather than being just a tough muscle…I think we’ll be looking forward to seeing him making smart choices.” It will be good to see Zeb in a new light, and see him change as the team changes!
We may be seeing more of Agent Kallus’ hair.
In case you missed it, the internet went wild last season when Agent Kallus, voiced by David Oyelowo, had one strand of hair in his face, which made him look pretty dreamy. Host David Collins joked, “It’s amazing what a piece of hair can do.” Filoni then joked that Season Four is now all about Kallus’ hair. Hilarious!
We’ll see a softer side of Chopper.
Dave Filoni teased that “the thing about Chopper is that he doesn’t have an arc…he’s more of a reveal.” He then added thoughtfully, “Sometimes what you find out is that when someone’s that cantankerous, that’s the one that cares the most. You’ll see in Season Four that when the chips come down, he likes these guys.” Awwww! We’ve always known that Chopper really cares, deep down under his hilarious banter.
Sabine is going back to Mandalore!
Sabine’s storyline took an amazing turn in Season Three (can we just talk about the Black Saber?!) Tiya Sircar, voice of Sabine, teased: “If there are any Mandalorian fans out there…I think you will be happy with specific episodes in the upcoming season…and I think you might be surprised where we end up…and who might show up. There might be some new people you know, might be some people you’ve never seen before, they might be all Mandalorian.” Sircar expertly crafted this response, and later on in the panel, we were treated to a look at the first episode of Season Four, which confirmed that she’d be delving into her Mandalorian past, and her relationship with her family. We can’t wait to see more!
Kanan will have a major turning point.
Freddie Prinze, Jr. spoke fondly of his character Kanan, and joked, “He’s still blind.” He then continued with: “…but he sees more than he has ever seen before.” According to Prinze, Kanan will figure out his path, and the audience will recognize it as an iconic turning point. He then added that what he learned from Star Wars stories was that “the good guys don’t always win, and someone you think is going to be around forever leaves…like Obi-Wan.” With that in mind, we’re going to see Kanan struggle to “try to be a decent Jedi.” We have faith that Kanan will get to where he needs to be. But what will the turning point be?!?
Ezra will have big choices to make.
As we saw in Seasons One, Two, and Three, Ezra has struggled with growing up and learning what it is to be a Jedi. Voice of Ezra, Taylor Gray said: “We’ve seen him grow up, he’s seen the good and the bad…Season Four is about Ezra deciding what kind of Jedi, and what kind of person, he wants to be as he grows up.” Gray then added that “it’s now time to go back and see what he can do for his people.” Does this mean he’ll be going back to Lothal? We’ll see. Gray also said about Ezra, “I think he makes some great decisions through Season Four.”
We’ll see Mon Mothma and Saw Gerrera.
Forest Whittaker will be voicing the role of Saw Gerrara, the character we recently saw him portray in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Filoni added, “We push him [Saw Gerrara] a little farther so you start to see that character that you see in the movie [Rogue One].” Genevieve O’Reilly will be bringing back Mon Mothma, and Filoni added that we might see Mon Mothma “get a little fiery for once.”
Warwick Davis is joining the voice cast!
Apparently Davis has been asking Filoni for a role in the voice cast for the past two Celebrations, and even auditioned at the Star Wars Rebels panel at last year’s Celebration. Warwick joined the panel today and Filoni announced that Davis would be taking on the role of Rukh, Thrawn’s assassin bodyguard. Filoni joked, “He’s really creepy, so I needed someone creepy to play him, and someone sneaky and devious, like you.” You can tell that Davis and Filoni love working together!
Sadly, Star Wars Rebels is ending with Season Four.
Filoni told this to the audience, which was filled with sadness at the announcement, but he said this was a specific choice to make room for new animated Star Wars stories, and added, “I firmly believe that each generation needs to have their own version of Stars Wars. I feel creatively that I can make this story the most meaningful it can be by arching it to the end of this season.” Thankfully, he also added that “this show represents by no means an end to anything we’re doing in animation.” The audience rose for a standing ovation for Filoni, the voice cast, and all the creators behind the series.
Season Four will be darker.
Filoni told us: “We’ve done something really special here. I’m really proud of these characters. You’ll see in Season Four, it’s not like anything else we’ve ever done. It’s going to be different, a little dark, a little fun.”
Filoni then announced that we’d be seeing the trailer right now! The crowd went wild! Take a look:
As if that wasn’t enough to get us excited, Filoni then told us that we were all going to get to see the first episode of Season Four. He announced it with, “We’re going to Mandalore!” The episode was unbelievably thrilling, and we won’t spoil it too much here for fans, but it involves Sabine and team landing on Mandalore on a mission to save her father. There are so many thrills, amazing action sequences, and of course the Black Saber!
We are seriously obsessed with Star Wars Rebels, and this look at Season Four has us more excited than ever to see this amazing Star Wars story continue, and come to a sure to be epic conclusion. Yet another inspiring moment at Star Wars Celebration Orlando.
What are you most excited to see in Season Four of Star Wars Rebels? Tell us in the comments! And in the meantime, make sure to take home Season Four on Blu-ray and DVD!