At long last, the final member of the good guys on Star Wars: Rebels has been revealed. Starting a few weeks ago with the group’s astromech droid Chopper, Disney and Lucasfilm have been slowly introducing every single member of the budding Rebel Alliance in a series of short introduction videos. Now we finally get to meet the Ghost‘s pilot, Hera Syndulla.
As reported on Entertainment Weekly, Hera Syndulla is a Twi’lek and is described as the glue that keeps everyone together. She’s strong, practical, and the heart of the team. She’s also one of the best pilots in the galaxy. Actress Vanessa Marshall (The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy) voices Hera.
‘She is a very strong-minded character,’ says Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni, ‘kind of the heart of the group, keeps everyone together when they would otherwise fall apart.
Vanessa Marshall was the voice of Wonder Woman in the Justice League animated film series for Warner Bros. and DC Comics Entertainment. She’s also the voice of Black Widow on The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Poison Ivy on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Mary-Jane Watson on The Spectacular Spider-Man. Marshall has also done some limited live-action work, appearing in Law & Order, the TV comedy Scrubs, and the daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.
Hera is a Twi’lek, an alien race with a pair of highly sensitive brain-tails attached to their heads. She’s also believed to be the daughter of Cham Syndulla, the Twi’lek freedom fighter from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, so it’s going to be interesting to see if her bloodline will contribute to her sense of right and wrong. According to Dave Filoni, all of the crewmembers on the Ghost have their reasons why they oppose the Galactic Empire, and the animated series will explore their issues with Emperor Palpatine from episode to episode.
With every member of the Ghost now introduced, it’s only a matter of time before Lucasfilm turns the focus onto the villains. We were already met the main villain, the Inquisitor, who is rumored to be voiced by Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Brent Spiner.
Rebels takes place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, a few years before the start of Episode IV. The Galactic Empire is taking over planets in the Outer Rim planets, and a band of outlaws and renegades who start to sabotage the Imperial stranglehold on the planet Lothal. The animated series also follows the very early stages of what will become the Rebel Alliance.
Star Wars: Rebels will air as a TV movie sometime in October 2014. It will premiere on the Disney Channel, and then move to Disney XD for weekly installments.