The assistant will draw inspiration from the expanding universe

Writer and presenter Leslie Hedland recently spoke at length about her upcoming movie Disney Plus original series Star Wars: The Helper. In an extended preview of star WarsGoing forward, Headland discussed the show’s many influences as well as new details regarding the show’s perspective.

the assistant Set over 100 years before the original release star Wars It will be the first story shown on screen during what is known as the era of the High Republic. So far, this era has only appeared in comics and novels as part of a major Lucasfilm publishing initiative that started last year. The original Disney Plus series is described as an exciting story that will explore the golden age star Wars The galaxy is when the Republic was thriving and the Jedi Knights were in their prime, but a nascent dark side is brewing right under the service.

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Hedland, who is best known for her work on the Netflix series russian doll and movies Bachelorette And the sleeping with other peopleShe refers to herself as a “mega.”star Wars Fans, saying that she actually came to Lucasfilm with an idea the assistant. “I took it as a fan who was so much more into the RPG that the Extended Universe feeds on,” Hedland told Vanity Fair. “I knew the timeline really well. And I was like, ‘I think if you want to explore Star Wars from the perspective of the bad guys, the best time to do that is when the bad guys are outnumbered.'” When in fact they are basically the underdogs, for lack of a better term. So this will be that era.”

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy also confirmed that the series will draw from the ancient, extended universe, saying, “What’s great about Leslie is that she knows it all. I mean, I’ve read quite a few books within the EU. The drawing from that has yet to be discovered in a narrative. On-screen stories. Hedland also discussed the many influences she drew from the outside star WarsAnd the Including old martial arts movies. “It actually went more towards martial arts movies, stories that are a bit more personal and less global and galactic,” Hedland said. “These warriors were on very personal missions, where people felt wronged and had to make it right. Wuxia films and martial arts films from King Hu and Shaw Brothers, such as Come drink with me And the zain touch. They are monks who are also martial arts heroes.”

It’s a well-known fact star Wars It was greatly influenced by old samurai films, particularly those of Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, so Hedland’s citation of old kung fu films seems very apt. After Disney bought Lucasfilm, they de-sanctified the old star Wars The Extended Universe, including all the stories from the books, comics, and video games that were made before the historic deal. While this bothers some older people star Wars Fans, fans, Disney and Lucasfilm are making a concerted effort to re-sanctify some of the elements from those stories, and The assistant It appears to be the latest example.

Star Wars: The Helper It will also have an interesting place among other Disney Plus star Wars TV shows since set in a somewhat unexplored era without many of the old characters featured in those shows. Due to his age, Jedi Grand Master Yoda of this age has appeared in modern comics and novels, and some fans have speculated that the elusive master of Palpatine, Darth Plaggis, could appear.

Star Wars: The assistant It does not currently have a release date, but it is expected to premiere on Disney Plus sometime in 2023.

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Source: Vanity Fair