Simon Kinberg on tying Rebels into the larger, live-action fabric of Star Wars

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Jul 5, 2016, 7:58 AM EDT

As extended universes go, Star Wars is a big beast, tying in hundreds of characters and centuries of history to a cohesive canon. So, how does the newest animated series fit into the mix?

Producer Simon Kinberg chatted with Moviefone about the challenges of weaving everything together, from the new comics to the animated series, all the way through to the movies. The animated series Rebels has already introduced major players like Ahsoka Tano and Darth Maul, and Kinberg said there’s a chance the world of Rebels could even connect to future films (sequels and prequels). We’ve already seen evidence with Rogue One, as a Clone Wars character is poised to play a key role.

Check out an excerpt from Kinberg’s comments below:

"I think part of the fun of the way they're building the universe is that it is interconnected between the different movies and even beyond the movie...It's something that was true in comic books going back, the way that you'd have interconnections between characters and stories. Even sometimes from DC to Marvel. I like the way that those stories are told in the larger tapestry…

What's lovely is, obviously, we've brought in characters from [Star Wars: The] Clone Wars in the second season, and we keep sort of bringing characters from the original movies and sort of deepening the relationships between our core characters, the Ghost crew. So it's trying to balance the two different things, like the original cast from the first season with Clone Wars, with characters from the original movies, and maybe even feeding into future movies.”

It started out a bit slow, but Rebels has grown into a worthy successor to Clone Wars — and the characters are actually pretty great. So, if you needed another excuse to check this show out, this should do it.

You never know where or when these characters might show up. 


(Via Moviefone)