Why One Star Wars Rebels Actor Was Against His Bad Batch Cameo
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Freddie Prinze Jr., who voiced Kanan Jarrus in Star Wars Rebels, admitted that he will no longer reprise his fan-favorite character in future Star Wars projects.
In Dave Filoni’s beloved animated series, Kanan Jarrus was introduced as former Jedi Padawan Caleb Dume who became a mentor to Ezra Bridger. The final season featured Kanan sacrificing himself to save his better half Hera Syndulla and other friends from Imperial forces. During a recent interview on Kristian Harloff’s podcast, Prinze opened up about his most recent voice cameo as Kanan in Star Wars: The Bad Batch, revealing that he actually didn’t want to do it because he believes it undermines his character’s heroic ending. "I was asked to, yeah. I didn't necessarily want to," he said. "I feel like every time you hear Kanan's voice since Rebels ended, it really kind of dilutes his impact."
Prinze’s sentiments were also the same when he was previously asked to voice Kanan again in 2019’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. "I didn't want to do that either. I was asked as a favor and I feel like all my -- all their favors are used up now." In addition, the Scooby-Doo actor also quickly shut down the possibility of making a return in the upcoming live-action Ahsoka series, confirming that his time as Kanan has officially come to an end. "No Ahsoka, I'm done with Kanan. I'm too old for that stuff."
Ahsoka Serves as a Continuation to Star Wars: Rebels
After making her long-awaited live-action debut in The Mandalorian, The Clone Wars favorite Ahsoka Tano returns in her very own Disney+ series which hails from creator, executive producer and writer Dave Filoni. Daredevil vet Rosario Dawson is leading the cast as the titular Force-sensitive Togruta female. Ahsoka will also feature the live-action debuts of Star Wars Rebels characters Sabine Wren, Hera Syndulla, Ezra Bridger, and Grand Admiral Thrawn, who will be played by Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eman Esfandi, and original voice actor Lars Mikkelsen, respectively.
In a previous interview, Filoni explained why fans can view the Ahsoka series as Rebels Season 5. "I suppose that's one way of looking at it, because of the epilogue that I did in Rebels. "Definitely all signs are indicating that there's a continuation." However, he clarified that viewers aren’t required to watch the animated shows in order to keep up with the stories that will be told in Ahsoka. "We never want to create a situation where you feel like you have to have seen these things because then you're missing out," Filoni said. "I don't know how fans feel, but like, do you have to have seen Star Wars: The Clone Wars to understand Ahsoka? No, you don't have to have seen that."
Besides some of the Rebels characters, the series will also introduce new faces in the form of Ivanna Sakho as Shin Hati, Ray Stevenson as Baylon Skoll, and Wes Chatham as Thrawn’s right-hand man. Lucasfilm has also confirmed the appearances of Andor’s Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma and Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader.
Ahsoka is set to premiere in August 2023, exclusively on Disney+.