The writer of the YouTube series seeks to highlight “everyday heroism,” says THR
As a Star Wars fan, the opportunity to work on Forces of Destiny was “a dream come true” for series writer Jennifer Muro.
“Particularly, I’m an original trilogy fan the most, so to do a scene [that takes place during Return of the Jedi] was thrilling, to say the least,” said Muro in a Q&A with The Hollywood Reporter’s Graeme McMillan posted on August 21. “Absolutely, it was amazing to do that, to do a story at the Rebel base literally before Empire Strikes Back begins—it’s almost a deleted scene, or a homage to that movie.
“It came about wanting to tell small moments, and thinking, where would it make sense to have these small moments? For Leia, it was nice to have the original trilogy to play with in there, to bring the Ewoks back, which is so great!”
Earlier this year, in a statement announcing the series, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said Star Wars: Forces of Destiny “is for anyone who has been inspired by Leia’s heroism, Rey’s courage, or Ahsoka’s tenacity.
“We’re thrilled that so many of the original actors are reprising their roles in these shorts which capture the small moments and everyday decisions that shape who these characters are. It is a fun new way for people to experience Star Wars.”
Forces of Destiny debuted on July 7th on YouTube and on July 9th on Disney Channel.
“It all came together organically,” Muro told THR. “We worked through different incarnations of what [the concept] would be, and it ended up turning out pretty great!”
Original Actors Brings the Attention to Forces of Destiny
Muro told THR that working with so many of the original actors remains a boon to the series.
“It was thrilling that they wanted to be involved, and Lupita as well,” she explained. “[And] it was so nice to have them with the TV actors and the voice actors—it brings the worlds together in a way I didn’t expect. It gives it more legitimacy, but beyond it being legitimate, it’s just wonderful for people who weren’t paying attention to go, ‘Oh, that’s surprising that [the movie cast] is doing that,’ and it brings more attention to what we’re trying to accomplish. It was nice to have them in the mix.”
That mix has received high praise.
“It is being really well received,” explained Muro to McMillan. “We always wanted to inspire fans of all ages, as long as it was through authentic Star Wars storytelling, I think that was our biggest goal.
“I think fans can sense that and, even if they’re not thrilled, they understand, ‘Oh, I know who this is for,'” she added. “Honestly, the feedback has been mostly super-positive.”
Read the full article on THR, here. Forces of Destiny returns in October.