For the second time in one week, another main character has been revealed for Star Wars Rebels! The character revealed today is Ezra Bridger, who we’ve only seen previously on the box of the Phantom LEGO set. TV Guide has the exclusive first reveal of Ezra, where not only was it announced that actor Taylor Gray will be providing the voice of the character, but also included some new information about the him from Dave Filoni, who reveals that Ezra will be Force sensitive, but doesn’t fully understand what it is. You can check out the new information about Ezra below, as well as a new behind the scenes video, and some new images:
In Star Wars Rebels, fans will see the rise of the Rebellion through Ezra: a 14-year-old con artist who learns to fight for a greater good.
Growing up on his own in the age of the Empire, Ezra has had to rely on his wit and cunning to get by. As voice actor Taylor Gray explains, “He’s very street-smart, he’s a pickpocket, he’s a little thief. But he’s doing it all because he needs to survive.”
Executive producer Dave Filoni adds that Ezra is not a bad kid. Although he may enjoy stealing from the Empire, his behavior has been influenced by the world around him – a world that is under Imperial control.
But his hard life has also made his world smaller. “He doesn’t really trust anyone,” says Rayne Roberts, creative executive of Star Wars Rebels. “That’s kind of his motto in life. He has that hard edge at times.” When audiences first meet Ezra, he is not yet a Rebel and is not yet interested in restoring freedom to the galaxy – but that will soon change when Ezra is introduced to his new surrogate family: the crew of the Ghost.
Greg Weisman, executive producer, says, “His eyes get opened to the fact that there are people who care, who are trying to fight the good fight. And he becomes one of them.” Still, there is more to Ezra than even he knows.
Ezra is Force-sensitive, Filoni reveals, though he is unaware that he is tapping into this mystical energy field. Ezra knows he has some strange abilities, but they’re “instinctive and reactionary.” It is only through his relationship with Kanan, a Jedi Survivor and crew member of the Ghost, that Ezra will learn the true nature of his power. Together, they will forge new paths and destinies – and a rebellion will rise.
First with Kanan, and now Ezra, we now have gotten the reveal of two great new hero characters in the Star Wars universe, and it looks like we will be seeing our fare share of Jedi action and training in the series, which has me very excited!
Head on over to TV Guide to see the full article on Ezra’s reveal, and more from Dave Filoni.