The Star Wars series Forces of Destiny is adding some familiar faces in Han Solo and Finn. The animated shorts were introduced at Star Wars Celebration and aimed at introducing a new generation of young fans to the beloved film franchise. What makes Forces of Destiny so special is that it chose to focus on the female characters of the series including Rey (Daisy Ridley), Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), Sabine Wren (Tiya Sircar), Hera Syndulla (Vanessa Marshall), Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein), and of course Padme Amidala (Catherine Taber reprising her role from The Clone Wars) and Leia Organa (voiced by Shelby Young). The series is narrated by Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong’o).
Forces of Destiny tells smaller stories in the Star Wars timeline from what happens after Rey and BB-8’s first meeting to Leia and Sabine escaping from a bounty hunter droid. It not only focuses on female characters and their adventures, but it’s also aimed at and marketed to young girls. Along with the short series, a line of action figures has also been released that look like Barbie Dolls, but also include fun accessories like lightsabers and blasters and “action motions” like the ability to fight. And while these toys may be aimed at younger fans, that hasn’t stopped many adults from getting in on buying the Forces of Destiny figures for their own collections.
The 3 minute Forces of Destiny shorts are really fun for any Star Wars fan especially with the bright 2-D animation and returning voice cast. After starting with the female characters the series is now going to expand and add more familiar faces. According to Jedi News, the lovable scoundrel smuggler Han Solo and the “Big Deal” Resistance fighter Finn are going to appear in upcoming episodes of the series. John Boyega will reprise his role as Finn, which is sure to be a delight. There is no word on who will voice Han Solo yet.
It’s safe to bet that we may see Han and Finn in season 2 of Forces of Destiny which will begin in October. Adding these additional beloved characters will further enrich the series and give young fans even more characters to look up to. The thinking may also be that with the introduction of popular male characters more young boys may also watch the series and want the toys (despite the fact that there are probably many who are enjoying the series just fine without them).
Star Wars has always been for all fans, but it is nice to see that idea finally starting to be reflected in programming and marketing. With Forces of Destiny, Target’s promotion for Force Friday featuring Rey, and casting more actors of color in the films, Star Wars is taking important steps in making sure all different kinds of fans are included and represented in the fandom.
Star Wars: Forces of Destiny season 2 will premiere on YouTube and Disney XD in October.
Source: Jedi News
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