Three years after the last “Star Wars” installment showed us the downfall of Anakin Skywalker, George Lucas himself has finally gone over to the Dark Side: TV.
Lucasfilm announced on Tuesday (February 12) that “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” a computer-animated adventure that takes place between Episodes II and III — “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith,” respectively — will be released theatrically August 15. The stories will continue as an animated series, first on Cartoon Network and then on TNT.
“I felt there were a lot more ’Star Wars’ stories left to tell,” Lucas said in a statement. “I was eager to start telling some of them through animation and, at the same time, push the art of animation forward.”
The stories take place almost immediately before the events of “Revenge of the Sith,” during the so-called “Clone Wars,” a galaxywide battle fought by the Republic, led by Jedis, and the Separatists, led by General Grievous and controlled by the Sith.
But while a lot of the action and characters will be familiar to most fans of the series, a majority of the voices won’t. Lucas has decided to move forward without many of his most recognizable stars behind the mic.
“That’d be great for me, I would love to,” Samuel L. Jackson, who played Jedi Mace Windu, enthused. “Yeah, [there’s interest].”
Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin in “Sith” and “Clones,” told MTV News that he hasn’t been called to participate in the project, but expressed his interest to do so all the same.
“I’d be happy to do the voice,” he said. “That’d be a neat thing for me to do. So tell them to ask me about that.”
For fans of the movie trilogies, the “Clone Wars” series seems to be a minefield of potential continuity errors. Of major note is the appearance of Ahsoka Tano, a young Togruta, who becomes Anakin’s Padawan apprentice. Not only is there no mention of Ahsoka in any other installment, hard-core “Star Wars” fans could tell you that, as he’s not a full-fledged Jedi master, Anakin shouldn’t even have an apprentice at all.
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