Princess Leia is Officially Coming to Star Wars Rebels

As fans eagerly await the return of Star Wars Rebels for the last half of the season (and really, we all should be), today finally brings some official announcements regarding the upcoming episodes.  In all the hoopla surrounding the release of The Force Awakens, Rebels was understandably on the back burner.  This week promises much more for fans to be happy about.  

TV Insider brings today’s exclusive announced that Princess Leia will be appearing on the show, even dropping this GREAT first image for fans to enjoy: 

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The iconic character will be featured in the January 20 episode of the Disney XD series. The teenage princess is sent to Lothal—the base planet for the series’ main characters, a group of rebel fighters—on a secret mission to bring ships for the rebel fleet. Unfortunately an Imperial lockdown throws that plan into chaos.

“We thought we had an opportunity to show her learning to be a leader, experimenting with the personality that becomes the stronger more resolute character you see in A New Hope,” Filoni says. “One of the complex challenges of depicting Leia in Rebels is that we have to remind the audience that at this point she is part of the Empire. She doesn’t believe in the Empire, but she is acting the part, almost a double agent.”

So we have a couple pieces of info here.  One, being that she’s kicking off the second half of the season, and two, that the show will return on January 20th (as rumored).  That’s great news for fans, though if you’re looking forward to more Leia in the series, Filoni has confirmed this is the ONLY episode she’ll appear in.  Perhaps she will show up later on in the next season, but for now, this is all we’re getting.  

I can’t wait to see how this plays out.  The image and video provided is STUNNING and looks exactly like how you’d want it to.  It’s most definitely the Princess we all know and love, while keeping in the signature animation style.  While some might be worried about the show cramming in movie characters for the heck of it, they’ve done a phenonemal job of handling it perfectly so far.  Lando, Darth Vader, and even Yoda were integrated smoothly into the story without feeling forced.  As such, I can’t wait to see how thehy show off Leia.  

What do you guys think about seeing Princess Leia in Star Wars Rebels?