Dave Filoni Once More Changes the ‘Star Wars’ Canon With Unprecedented Sequel

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Grievous in the 'Tales of the Empire' trailer

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Lucasfilm darling Dave Filoni has made some curious creative choices that have completely twisted the Star Wars canon. That said, switching perspectives from the Jedi to the Sith, while unorthodox, certainly wasn’t unwanted, as seen in the trailer below.

Disney+ and Lucasfilm just announced a surprise sequel to the animated anthology Tales of the Jedi, which takes a walk on the dark side with a “certain point of view.” This new series will explore the perspectives of Morgan Elsbeth (who was previously killed off in Ahsoka) and fan-favorite ex-Jedi Barriss Ofee as the Republic crumbles around them to make room for the evil Galactic Empire.

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Inside the Magic previously predicted an Empire-focused series just after the grand finale of The Mandalorian’s third season, in which the need for the Empire’s perspective was expressed, as it seemed the next logical step for the franchise to take. Although entries like Andor and even certain episodes from Tales of the Jedi gave viewers a small taste of the opposition, the galaxy has primarily featured the light side of the Force in the central role… until now.

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Grand Admiral Thrawn in 'Star Wars Rebels'
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The official Star Wars announcement shared the following description of the new series.

“Journey into the fearsome Galactic Empire through the eyes of two warriors on divergent paths — Nightsister Morgan Elsbeth and former Jedi Barriss Offee. Like the first season following Ahsoka Tano and Count Dooku, Tales of the Empire focuses on previously untold events in the lives of the featured characters. The trailer teases that we’ll learn how a young Morgan Elsbeth navigates the expanding Imperial world towards a path of vengeance, while former Jedi Barriss Offee does what she must to survive a rapidly changing galaxy. The choices they make will define their destinies.”

In the words of Master Yoda, “Always two there are.” Morgan and Barriss are two individuals whose fates have been blown apart in the aftermath of Order 66 and the fall of the Jedi Order. While it’s exciting to see both these characters return, the real draw in the cast will be the return of iconic villains like Grand Admiral Thrawn, General Grievous, The Grand Inquisitor, and Darth Vader coming into the fold.

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It’s no secret that the villains have always been a massive draw for Star Wars fans, but rarely have they been so prominently featured. This feels all too perfect, seeing how Hayden Christensen has recently reprised his role as Anakin Skywalker and Lars Mikkelsen has made the jump to live-action as Thrawn. Could the series have more planned?

The Power of the Dark Side

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Star Wars has introduced our popular culture to some of the greatest villains in cinematic history, and this new series only gives fans more of what they want. While it might not be the live-action adaptation previously predicted, the new series looks to be a more mature and obviously darker exploration of the galaxy’s mythos.

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Tales of the Empire premiers May 4, 2024, and will surely be one of many new adventures on Disney+’s Star Wars celebration. The Force is definitely strong with this one.

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