Princess Leia to Appear on Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars fans were able to see Princess Leia Organa in the Force Awakens, as she’s one of the main characters in the film. However, she’s no longer a princess in the film (this is not really a big spoiler, but she’s a general in the Resistance now), so those who want to see her as the unstoppable rebel princess might have to turn to something else – the upcoming Star Wars Rebels episode, A Princess of Lothal, which airs on Wednesday, January 20, at 9pm ET/PT on Disney XD.
A Princess of Lothal will take place three years before the events of A New Hope, with a younger Leia being introduced as still not quite the rebel hero that she was in the original trilogy, but already headstrong and a firm believer in doing what is right no matter how dangerous it gets.
“One of the complex challenges of depicting Leia in ‘Star Wars Rebels’ is that we have to remind the audience that she is part of the Empire at this point,” says Executive Producer / Supervising Director Dave Filoni. “She doesn’t believe in the Empire, but she is acting the part, almost as a double agent. The Empire sees her as a privileged princess who runs mercy missions to wayward worlds, but in truth she is much stronger and more dangerous than they imagine.”
The young Princess Leia is voiced by Julie Dolan, who also lent her vocal talents to the Rebel leader featured in Disney’s Star Tours attraction. Her character’s appearance in “Star Wars Rebels” portrays the beginnings of the seasoned general we meet again in The Force Awakens, her royal heritage all but eclipsed by her hard-won military stature.
“There really is no other character quite like her,” says Filoni. “And to quote The Force Awakens’ Lor San Tekka, ‘She’ll always be royalty to me.’”