(Update: Lucasfilm has sent us a better quality version of the video, as well as some new info and images of Kanan)
The first main hero character for Star Wars Rebels has just been revealed, and it is a former Jedi named Kanan, who will be voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr. USAToday.com has the exclusive first look at the character, including a brand new behind the scenes video with Dave Filoni and crew, as well as Freddie Prinze Jr talking about the new character. You can check out the video below.
Not every guardian of peace and justice was lost to the tragedy of Order 66. Introducing Kanan, a survivor of the Emperor’s Jedi purge and one of the main characters of Star Wars Rebels.
Kanan, voiced by Freddie Prinze, Jr., is a less traditional Force-wielder than fans are used to seeing. He carries a blaster, is a little sarcastic, and keeps his past a secret. “I like to call Kanan ‘the cowboy Jedi,'” says executive producer Dave Filoni. As shown in this video, his Jedi robes are long gone, replaced with armor and a holster, though a samurai-like ponytail hints at his Jedi Knight origins.
In Star Wars Rebels, set between Episode III and IV, Kanan has been underground for years, evading the Empire. If the Imperials become aware of his existence “he’s going to get killed,” says art director Kilian Plunkett. He still has his lightsaber, but no longer uses it for fear of revealing his true identity — and has ultimately forsaken the ways of the Jedi Order.
Star Wars Rebels will show Kanan’s journey as he rediscovers himself, just as a rebellion begins to form against the Empire. According to Filoni, “He’s a gunslinger that needs to put the gun away and pick up the sword again, and fight for noble causes and selfless causes.” But what will happen when he chooses to reignite his Jedi weapon, fighting once again for a greater purpose?
The video closes with a tease of what’s to come: an encounter with the nightmarish Inquisitor, the Empire’s Jedi hunter.
It’s great to finally get a look at one of the show’s main hero characters, and the fact that he is a former Jedi who survived Order 66 has me real excited to see Kanan’s journey throughout the series!
Be sure to check out the full announcement about Kanan over at USAToday.com