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After winter break, STAR WARS REBELS returns to Disney XD with an all-new episode on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20 (9:00 p.m., ET/PT). In “A Princess on Lothal,”an aide to Bail Organa (Princess Leia Organa) is sent to Lothal with ships for the rebel fleet, but an Imperial lockdown forces the rebels to create a new plan to steal the vehicles. Set just three years prior to the original STAR WARS Trilogy and the events of 1977’s A NEW HOPE, Leia is shown as “a young leader on her way to becoming the strong, more resolute character” that fans came to know and love – decades before her appearance as General Leia Organa in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

“One of the complex challenges of depicting Leia in ‘Star Wars Rebels’ is that we have to remind the audience that she is part of the Empire at this point,” says Executive Producer / Supervising Director Dave Filoni. “She doesn’t believe in the Empire, but she is acting the part, almost as a double agent. The Empire sees her as a privileged princess who runs mercy missions to wayward worlds, but in truth she is much stronger and more dangerous than they imagine. There really is no other character quite like her, and to quote THE FORCE AWAKENS’ Lor San Tekka, ‘She’ll always be royalty to me.’”

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Appearing in her only episode of the season, the young Princess Leia is voiced by Julie Dolan, who also lent her vocal talents to the Rebel leader featured in Disney’s Star Tours attraction. 

For the latest on THE FORCE AWAKENS, Gareth Edwards’ ROGUE ONE, Rian Johnson’s EPISODE VIII and more, keep your browser pointed at TheRockFather.com/StarWars

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