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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Ever since Disney purchased Lucasfilm, the STAR WARS universe was set to become a whole lot smaller. They eliminated all previously-produced STAR WARS stories from canon and started from scratch (save for the films). As such, it seemed inevitable that the characters from some of these other mediums would eventually cross over into the film universe.

A couple weeks ago, it was revealed that Forest Whitaker’s character in the upcoming ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY film was none other than Saw Gerrera from the CLONE WARS animated series. If you thought this would be the first of many characters that would cross into the film world, you’d probably be right. In a recent interview with moviefone, producer Simon Kinberg hinted at the cross-pollination between all the mediums in which STAR WARS stories are being told.

“I’m very excited. I think part of the fun of the way they’re building the universe is that it is interconnected between the different movies and even beyond the movies … It’s something that was true in comic books going back, the way that you’d have interconnections between characters and stories. Even sometimes from DC to Marvel. I like the way that those stories are told in the larger tapestry.

And, also, getting to work with other artists and filmmakers and writers, and use their talents — I like not being by myself in a room when I work,” he adds. “I like having other collaborators. You’re with some of the world’s best.”

This is largely an expected move, but its success will, of course, be dependent on its execution. As Kinberg said, they are working with some of the world’s top-tier talent, so the juggling of all these different properties is in good hands. But from where will these properties be sprinkled? STAR WARS REBELS seems like a good bet. As respected as CLONE WARS is, fans sure seem to appreciate the tone inherent in STAR WARS REBELS even more, so including characters from that entry could only mean great things.

What characters would you like to see in the upcoming STAR WARS films? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: Moviefone

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.