Good news for you Star Wars Rebels fans. Despite the fact the animated show is set in-between Episodes III and IV, producers Simon Kinberg and Dave Filoni have declared that it’s possible for Ezra, Hera, Kana and the others to show up elsewhere in the Star Wars universe — and possibly in the live-action movies as well.
The two producers revealed this interesting possibility at last week’s Star Wars Celebration. Here’s Kinberg, when /Film asks if the Rebels could be involved in the stories told in the live-action movies:
Absolutely there’s been conversation about it. That this story could be a story that crosses over into other films, whether it’s A New Hope or other movies. And that movies could potentially even enter into our timeline and our moment. It’s a big galaxy. So, you know, things are happening all over the place that don’t necessarily have to react to each other, the way we react to news around the world. We never meet the Chilean miners that are trapped in that mine. We know about it and the world reacts to it. So each of the different stories has to acknowledge the reality of what’s ever happening in that moment in time.
And here’s Filoni, when directly asked if the Rebels could come to live-action:
I would never say never to that. I mean, now that Lucasfilm is so integrated in story from top to bottom in all different forms of media, we already have had our characters cross over into novels. We’re gonna have our crossover into comic books. I would say it’s entirely possible. And I would encourage it.
I’ve talked to the creators of the other films going on and, you know, I’ve always made it clear if you want somebody, just let me know. They can jump over there. I don’t care. I’m all for it. Because I think it makes the experience for fans so much stronger. And what a moment it would be to see some of these animated characters up there live on the screen. It would be great for me too.
Perhaps making it to sequel trilogy could b a bit of a stretch — I’m not sure how I’d feel about seeing an 80-year-old Ezra in, say, Episode VIII — but given that some of the new live-action movies will take place in other times, it would extremely easy for Kana’s crew to make a cameo somewhere. In fact, the first stand-alone Star Wars movie, Rogue One, is set before A New Hope, exactly as Rebels is. Could occasionally homicidal droid Chopper have a role to play in getting the plans to the Death Star?