Star Wars Rebels actress Vanessa Marshall has expressed her desire to see Hera Syndulla make the big jump from the small screen to the big one in a future Star Wars film. Initially just doing good deeds in and around Lothal, the Ghost Crew eventually joined the budding Rebellion to fight the bigger battle against the evil Galactic Empire. And despite having two Jedis and a Mandalorian fighter on the team, the capable pilot remains the leader and beating heart of the oddball group of freedom fighters.
Rebels will come to a close with its upcoming fourth season and the new characters introduced in the show have not been seen in any other Star Wars properties, leaving many to speculate the ultimate fates of everyone's favorite Rebellion fighter squad. However, thanks to an Easter egg from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (which follows events of Rebels) we know that whatever is coming, Hera will come out of it unscathed as she lives to fight another day with the rest of the good guys in Yavin 4. That said, we know nothing much about where she will go from there given that we really have not seen her in the original trilogy, much less the one the began with The Force Awakens.
Speaking to CBM in light of the upcoming Blu-ray release of Rebels season 3, Marshall has shared her initial reaction upon finding out Hera survives, at least until the events of Rogue One:
"Fantastic, I almost started crying. I had to remember I was in a public place and had to contain myself. I thought I was losing my mind and started asking, 'Did that really just happen?' I went to see it a million times and every time, I was just blown away. It's good to know that she still exists at that point, so that's a good thing, but also being such a huge fan of every Star Wars film that's been released, having a character I've played in an animated series be mentioned...it was really rewarding."
However, just like a lot of Rebels fans, Marshall wants to see more of Hera -- possibly on the big screen, citing Saw Gerrera being the first and still only Star Wars animated character to make the transition from the animated TV series to the famed movies:
"Of course! Who knows, if she can serve the narrative, it would be awesome. It would be great to see her on film and it was incredible to see Saw Gerrera come to life. I loved Saw in the Alderaan arcs in The Clone Wars and was so thrilled they took a character from the animated series and transitioned him into live-action to play such a pivotal role. If they did that with Hera, that would be magnificent but it's all about what serves the narrative and not necessarily just let's give Hera a cameo. I bow down to the overall journey at hand and I really can't wait for the movie to come out in December and I'm so excited. That's really what's keeping me going [Laughs]."
Rogue One, the untitled Han Solo film and the reported Obi Wan Kenobi standalone prove that LucasFilm is interested in playing and telling more stories in the prequel era where Hera would obviously be presumed to still be around. But if anything, it would be better if she turns out to have survived the Original Trilogy and move on to serve a purpose in between Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens following her Star Wars Rebels stint.