Yesterday I got to thinking about an old theory I had about Star Wars Rebels and the "A Star Wars Story" stand alone films, and it lead down a very strange, but enlightening path. Read on to find out more...
When the stand alone films were first announced I started considering the possibility of the Star Wars Rebels crew being involved in a heist to steal the plans to the second Death Star. We know that Rogue One: A Star Wars Stor will be dealing with the first Death Star in this years Star Wars offering, but looking down the line a thought occurred to me.
Could the schedule for Star Wars Rebels meet up with the schedule for a stand alone film featuring the attempt to secure the Death Star II plans. At the time a Han Solo film was being whispered about and so a second standalone following plan heists made at least some sense. This would have given us some cool things to imagine. Firstly, we'd get a story taking place between Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI The Return Of The Jedi. More than that, if Star Wars Rebels had done a five season run, we'd be able top see those characters port directly from animation to live action, perhaps with the exact same cast playing the live action counter parts. can you imagine that? How cool would that be. Maybe they would join the Bothans in their efforts.
That's when I started thinking about a character that appears in a couple of shots in The Force Awakens. That's him in the header image. I remember hearing somewhere that the Bothans were cat like. Maybe he is a Bothan? There seemed to be only one way to solve this! To Twitter!
I found a tweet that raised the same question I had, "was this character a Bothan?" So I tweeted a picture of the practical puppet head to Lucasfilm's very own Jocasta Nu. Pablo Hidalgo. Here's the image:
Here are the tweets that went out between Pablo and myself:
What I was keen to know is, is this character a Bothan, or is there room for Bothans to be retconned in canon to allow for a large number of them to appear as leads, with or without the Star Wars Rebels characters in a standalone movie at some point. I guess I got at least part of my answer here: there are no canon Bothans onscreen at this point. So they may not be production slowing practical effects if and when they make there appearance.
The real bonus from my brief exchange with Pablo is that I've leaned a little bit more about Star Wars by asking a question. Here's the low down on this new character:
So there you have it. A new character called Vober Dand who isn't a Bothan like at least a few of us thought, but is a really impressive looking physical effect in The Force Awakens, with a well rounded character profile courtesy of Mr Hidalgo. Now you can goi about your day...
Thank you for reading,