Executive producer Dave Filoni reveals the final season of Star Wars Rebels will not share any connections with the upcoming film Solo: A Star Wars Story set to hit theaters May 25. The animated series, which follows the adventures of young Force user Ezra Bridger and the Ghost crew of Rebels in their fight against the Imperial garrison, is beginning to converge with Rogue One and A New Hope in terms of the timeline, which is leading fans to speculate whether we will see more characters from the films make their way to the small screen - including crossovers from Solo.
Rebels is no stranger to animating fan-favorite characters from the two films for cameo appearances. So far, the series has included Princess Leia Organa, Lando Calrissian, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, Saw Gerrera, and even characters from Star Wars: The Clone Wars like Darth Maul, Hondo, Rex and Ashoka Tano in some major moments for the Ghost Crew and, since this is the last season of Rebels, fans should expect that list to continue growing as we reach the final episodes.
One connection fans will not be seeing though is with Solo: A Star Wars Story, the anthology film following the young Han Solo as he becomes the smuggler, thief and scoundrel we all know from the original trilogy. Not many plot details have been revealed yet, but we do know the film will feature events like Han meeting lifelong friend Chewbacca and winning the Millennium Falcon from Lando. In a new interview with i09, Dave Filoni discusses why he chose not to include connections to the upcoming film in Rebels and why he must be careful about crossovers. Here is what he said:
“I don’t know if there’s anything Ezra Bridger could really add to the saga of a Han Solo type character. We already had Lando in our show, but we have to be careful about it being a variety show. We’ve had a lot of characters come in and out and I always get worried about small galaxy syndrome.”
Filoni also added that if any of the characters from Rebels happened to know who Han Solo is, it would probably be Hera, considering she shares one similarity with Han – they are both amazing pilots who know their way around a starship. Here is what he said:
“There is some rationale that, if she should survive Star Wars Rebels, being an ace pilot, it seems more likely that Hera would be the one that knows someone like Han Solo. I’ve had rather large arguments about which ship is better, the Ghost or the Falcon, but that doesn’t really seem relevant for anything [the Rebels] are doing.”
It makes a lot of sense for Filoni not to include anything from Solo in Rebels considering the storyline and new characters in the film have been kept secret during the filming process. Also, there is no indication that Han was ever involved with the rebels before he was introduced in the original trilogy, so adding him in the final season would only add more side characters to an already fairly crowded series filled with regular cameo appearances.
Screen Rant will keep you updated on all news about Star Wars Rebels and Solo: A Star Wars Story.
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