Recent rumors could mean a Star Wars Rebels live-action series is on deck.
The possibilities are endless, including the option of sequel series involving characters who have only appeared in animated series.
Season two of The Mandalorian has already reportedly cast some people for characters that have only appeared in animated form, specifically and perhaps most prominently Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano.
Disney and Star Wars have yet to confirm that particular casting, but it would be the first major role to break the wall between the animated and live-action world of Star Wars.
Rumor has it there is plenty more on the horizon…
Although Dave Filoni has been outspoken about the fact that there will not be a fifth season of the animated series Star Wars Rebels, there have been persistent rumors about a potential sequel series to the show.
If the rumors of Lucasfilm searching for actors to play Ezra Bridger and Thrawn are true, then not only could the rumor of a sequel series be true, but it’s reasonable to assume it would be a live-action show.
A sequel to Rebels would undoubtedly revolve around the search for Ezra, who made a sacrifice at the end of season four of Rebels to save his friends from the clutches of the Empire.
The Empire has obviously always been run primarily by Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader, but Thrawn was perhaps the most important piece for them not ultimately failing their primary mission of galactic domination.
At least, he’s portrayed that way in books and in the Rebels series.
Ezra basically kidnaps Thrawn and they zoom off into hyperspace, but nobody knows exactly where.
Ezra was trained by Jedi Kanan Jarrus throughout the Rebels series and became his apprentice, eventually honing his powers to the point that he was undeniably one of the most powerful force sensitives in the entire Star Wars story.
The fact that Ezra, a late-teenager at the end of Rebels, is still alive at the time of A New Hope (as far as we know) is significant and a story that should be told.
For that matter, Ahsoka is still alive at this point as well. There is so much more going on during the Skywalker saga that now involves characters who have earned their place in the story.
With some of the animated characters potentially making their way into live-action starting with season two of The Mandalorian, the stage could be set for future projects involving more characters from The Clone Wars or Rebels who have yet to make it into the live-action series with anything other than their voice (The Rise of Skywalker).
Considering how much influence Dave Filoni seems to have at Lucasfilm, it would not be surprising to see these characters pop up in live-action sooner rather than later.