I saw Dave Filoni twice at Star Wars Celebration Orlando on day one. Once paying tribute to his "master" George Lucas and once on his own panel with fellow Star Wars mastermind, Pablo Hidalgo...
During the 40th Anniversary panel, whilst Dave was talking to and about George Lucas I got the distinct feeling I was looking at the future of Star Wars right there on stage. Not in the same way Kathleen Kennedy ushers Star Wars of the page and onto the screen, but in a more spiritual way. It's no secret that Dave studied under George in how to tell Star Wars stories. How to fold myth and legend into these high concept films and TV shows.
Later, as I was watching Dave's panel about animation I was struck by just how much his approach to telling Star Wars tales seems like listening to young George Lucas. This could be interesting to watch over the next few years, to see where Dave's career takes him.
The panel itself, one focused on the animated shows, was very interested and extremely entertaining. Dave and Pablo have a great chemistry, and they're very playful with the fans, teasing and hinting at what's coming, and how we may have missed some details form episodes that have been screened.
One thing that came out of the panel was something we had heard before, something we had discussed on the podcast and hoped it would become a part of new canon and it seems that it is the case. It's the idea that the Rebel Trooper in Star Wars Episode VI The Return Of The Jedi, the one with the white beard who helps Han take the bunker, might be Rex, from Star Wars Rebels. Below is a still from video Rob Cast and I put together yesterday, which shows Rex as the Return of the Jedi Rebel Trooper.
Dave went on to explain that Wolf and Gregor, Rex's "brothers" from Star Wars Rebels would most likely make a return in season four of Star Wars Rebels. More on that in Saturday's panel.
Watch the video above for more on the evolution of Ahsoka, see some unused footage (animatic) from The Clone Wars feature Cad Bane, Bossk and a startling moment for Boba Fett.
Let me know if your one of the few who are outraged by whats revealed in this clip... :)
Thank you for reading,