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The Clone Wars Season 7 - Trailer & Star Wars Celebration Chicago Panel Highlights

Sunday, April 14, 2019
The Clone Wars Season 7 - Trailer & Star Wars Celebration Chicago Panel Highlights | Anakin and His Angel
(This amazing new Ahsoka Tano poster was handed out to everyone in the audience!)

The panel that so many Star Wars fans have been looking forward to didn't disappoint. That's right, I'm talking about The Clone Wars: Sneak Peak panel at Star Wars Celebration! Dave Filoni (Writer and Director of The Clone Wars) revealed three clips from the upcoming show, exciting news and a trailer! So before I share with you the photos that were shared and some information about Season 7 that really stood out to me, I think you might want to take a look at the trailer. Watch it below!



In my opinion the trailer was beautifully edited and it made me feel exactly like I used to when the series was still running. I never thought that the story would be be continued so being able to watch a few minutes of what will eventually be twelve episodes really was so fulfilling. Dave Filoni and Dee Bradley Baker (Captain Rex & Clones) also shared with the host of the panel, Warwick Davis, that they didn't think this would ever happen. Dave said he was pushed to finished The Clone Wars by Carrie Beck (Vice President of Animation and Live-action Development at Lucasfilm).


The Clone Wars Season 7 - Trailer & Star Wars Celebration Chicago Panel Highlights | Anakin and His Angel

You won't believe what Dave just told me. Shhh. - Dee Bradley Baker

What??? - Ashley Eckstein

Don't dare even tell anyone I even said anything. Please don't. - Dee

I would never. Is he with you? This feel like a trap. - Ashley

He is. We are wine tasting with the rebels. - Dee

I thought so. LOL Tell him I'm not that easily fooled. - Ashley

Has he spoken to you? - Dee

No, why? - Ashley

Afraid to even text. -Dee

Well I wouldn't. I hope it's what I think it is. -Ashley

Tell no one. - Dee

I promise but I know Dave is watching. -Ashley

The Clone Wars finale. 12 episodes. Soon. -Dee

The transcript above were text messages between Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano) and Dee Bradly Baker. Ashley explained this was how she found out that the show was coming back! Dave sat back with his hand over his eyes in disbelief over their sillyness of their conversation and lack of being able to keep secrets. Dee Bradley Baker simply responded with, "Rex had to tell Ahsoka!". Dave ended the discussion by explaining their mischievousness is why they are only doing twelve episodes. Because the actors can't handle the secrets. HILARIOUS!


The Clone Wars Season 7 - Trailer & Star Wars Celebration Chicago Panel Highlights | Anakin and His Angel

The Clone Wars Season 7 - Trailer & Star Wars Celebration Chicago Panel Highlights | Anakin and His Angel

We are going to watch a story that is primarily about Clones that die hard fans of the show know called Bad Batch. They are a group of Clones that are really genetically engineered specialists. It was an idea that George Lucas had that what if there was a group of Clones that had bizarre traits. - Dave Filoni

This was one of Dave's answers to Warwick asking about what we can expect to see in the show. I think it will be amazing to see these guys in action! In fact, we got to see a scene with them in one of the clips fighting against some Battle Droids. Dave also said that there will subtle differences in character faces so that they can be better animated and emotions can ring a little truer. There were photos of comparisons given between the previous episodes and the upcoming episodes (seen above) and I don't see too much of a difference which I'm happy about.


The Clone Wars Season 7 - Trailer & Star Wars Celebration Chicago Panel Highlights | Anakin and His Angel

The Clone Wars Season 7 - Trailer & Star Wars Celebration Chicago Panel Highlights | Anakin and His Angel

We were introduced two new characters in the show, Trace and Rafa. They are twin sisters from the Underworld 1313 on Coruscant. They will eventually meet up with Ahsoka Tano. I think their hairstyles are real fun and edgy and their outfits are super wearable. I have a feeling we'll be able to buy these pieces somewhere like Her Universe or Musterbrand at some point. Wouldn't you agree?


The Clone Wars Season 7 - Trailer & Star Wars Celebration Chicago Panel Highlights | Anakin and His Angel

Of course, Bo Katan is also back and according to Dave Filoni she plays a big part in the Seige of Mandalore. I love the new cloak she wears, especially the way it looks worn with her helmet. It's quite mysterious! I think the cosplayers out there are going to have a lot of fun with this!


The Clone Wars Season 7 - Trailer & Star Wars Celebration Chicago Panel Highlights | Anakin and His Angel

When I read what the Siege of Mandalore was about I was shocked. It's my favorite stuff that I've done as the character. And Dave wrote it personally. -Sam Witwer

Sam was very enthusiastic about his role as Darth Maul in the upcoming season. He had to keep the secret of the show returning for a year and he said it was the absolute worst secret he has ever had to keep. He also shared that Darth Maul tries something different than what he normally does in his obsessive quests for vengeance. I honestly am so stoked to discover what he is talking about! Oh, and can I just say that I think it's so amazing that Maul's new outfit was inspired by his look in Solo: A Star Wars Story!? What do you think?


I know Ray Park from over the years. I said Ray wouldn't it be great now that I have experienced doing live action if we suit you up in a mocap suit and have you be Darth Maul again. - Dave Filoni

This was one of my absolute favorite moments of the panel! I am so happy that Ray Park got to become the character of Darth Maul again and use his skills as a martial artist to help Dave Filoni create an epic lightsaber duel between Darth Maul and Ahsoka Tano. Sam Witwer said that he got to be there the day they were recording and that he absolutely loved it.


The Clone Wars Season 7 - Trailer & Star Wars Celebration Chicago Panel Highlights | Anakin and His Angel

The Clone Wars Season 7 - Trailer & Star Wars Celebration Chicago Panel Highlights | Anakin and His Angel

I'm going to make that jumpsuit! - Ashley Eckstein

We got to see one of the new outfits, which happens to be a super cool jumpsuit, that Ahsoka Tano wears in the series. Dave talked about how Ahsoka Tano might have worn something a bit simpler having left the Jedi Order but was sure that Ashley would want to make it. Right after one of the clips, which showed Ashoka on a speeder bike, Ashley said that she wanted to make it. So, I think it's safe to say that we can look forward to being able to purchase this piece from Her Universe at some point!

Ashley Eckstein also talked about how it took her a while to go back to the younger version of Ashoka and really get into that head space she was at in that point in her life. She explained that we would see a lot of character development with her character in these episodes.

The third clip that was shown was probably the most emotional one because it involved Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex. It seemed that Ahsoka had just returned in this scene. Anakin leads her to Captain Rex where she is met with many of her Clone friends who now have her markings on their helmets. *Sobs* I don't want to give too much away as I really think it's worth watching. You can see it here (4:23:50).


The Clone Wars Season 7 - Trailer & Star Wars Celebration Chicago Panel Highlights | Anakin and His Angel

The Clone Wars Season 7 - Trailer & Star Wars Celebration Chicago Panel Highlights | Anakin and His Angel

The reason why it works is because I was taught by the master. -Dave Filoni

The show concluded with surprise guests including Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker), Catherine Taber (Padme Amidala), James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan), Tom Kane (Yoda) and Matthew Wood (General Grievous). They thanked the fans for their support throughtout the years and talked about how they're very much a family. Finally, Dave Filoni said that The Clone Wars works so well because he listened intently while he worked with George Lucas. This made me tear up. We would have none of this if it weren't for George Lucas and his fascinating imagination!

There was no date given for Season 7 but it will be coming to Disney+ soon! To watch the entire panel, you can find it on the live stream by clicking here (3:43:10).

Tell me, what are you most excited about The Clone Wars returning? What was your favorite part of the panel? Let me know in a comment below

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