Our friend Alex pointed us towards this Star Wars Episode 7 News story about Mara Jade being a character in Star Wars Rebels:
It can be said, that Rebels will introduce Mara Jade, into the film canon, sometimes appearing with the Inquisitor and she will be the living mother of Ben Skywalker.
Episode seven takes place, in 30 ABY. Jacen, and Jaina will be to Ben what Han, and Leia were to Luke. Ben is around the same age as his cousins. Chewie will be alive, and this is an all new timeline from 4 ABY forward.
Pablo Hidalgo, and Leland Chee have been consulting with Kathleen, and JJ, on EU elements, and characters from the database.
As of 2015 Books and comics will be part of the same canon, as Movies, TV and Netflix. Rebels has very strong connections to the ST, it will bring EU characters, ideas, and planets into the canon and it introduces two original characters for the ST, one Imperial, and one Jedi.
A little while after the article was posted, Star Wars Episode 7 News added:
After the article was posted we received some more tips that there’s definitely some truth in this. It comes from people close to the production. And here’s something more – not only Star Wars: Rebels will have a connection with the new trilogy but also some of the new upcoming Clone Wars bonus content…
There is a lot in this article. It is interesting. I certainly wouldn’t mind if Mara Jade was in Star Wars Rebels as a hunter in the Jedi inquisition. It makes sense as “hand of the Emperor” that she would do those sorts of things. The main cast of Rebels is a teenage one, this would give the bad guys their adjacently aged character as well which might make for interesting interactions between the heroes and the villains. I see some sense to it in the context of a Star Wars cartoon on Disney XD.
Mara Jade has been debated in the fandom since we knew Lucasfilm was purchased by Disney. With Mara Jade shirts hitting the stores and Black Series action figures with packaging text stating she is the wife of Luke Skywalker, it made me scratch my head. Are they setting Mara up to be a huge character in the future of Star Wars by springing her into the mainstream consciousness of the fandom? Are these just choices that were in the works before the acquisition and announcement of an Episode VII? Is this just the last ditch attempt to cash in on the character before she is nullified? These are the questions that have been running through my mind over the last year, for better or worse.
If this story is correct, it would be huge news, because it would mean the main character of Star Wars: Episode VII is Ben Skywalker. At this point, I think it has been an assumption Ben Skywalker would be a character and that the character is living on in the sequel trilogy era. With a continuity cull in the works, it wasn’t exactly a given. Other things like Chewbacca being alive are kind of a given considering his death in Vector Prime was something to set up the prequel era where the heroes had horrific endings (not to mention he was a burden on publishing in the sense he did very little and couldn’t talk).
There has been some hinting at the Yoda arc from Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ bonus content as being rather important to the Star Wars saga as a whole. I believe Pablo Hildalgo even called it “profound” in a tweet at one point. I buy this link to the story arc, which involves Yoda hearing the voice of Qui-Gon as being extremely important to the Star Wars mythos and tying into Star Wars: Episode VII.
I hate to add to the mess by making the story more believable. But I have been wondering why they are so far into Star Wars Rebels, with finished episodes and we still don’t know the cast? Why hide it? I have often wondered if they were using characters from the sequel trilogy and they don’t want to announce the casting and characters of Star Wars Rebels until Star Wars: Episode VII had done so first.
Do I buy this story? I’m insanely hesitant about it. No one has said anything to me about Mara Jade being in this or not in this, so I have no clue. It feels possible but it also feels like a fan’s imagination. The part where the alarms start to go off is with the Episode VII stuff. The person writing Star Wars Episode 7 News is not just stating Star Wars Rebels information, but Star Wars: Episode VII information too.
We will see how this washes out. My guess is there’s no truth to it all. But if there is, there you have it. I’m pretty ambivalent about it all, actually. I just doubt it. There was no information in that blurb other than the concept. If it were solid it would probably have some bit of information not based on little things we already know about Star Wars in 2014.