Monday, January 27, 2014

Rumor: Mara Jade To Link 'Rebels' & Episode VII

By: Benjamin Hart

There have been a ton of rumors surrounding both Star Wars Episode VII and Star Wars Rebels, and sometimes those rumors intersect. This latest rumor comes to us from and is a bit sketchy, so bear with me. They claim that they have heard, both from commenters on their site and sources "close to the production" that Expanded Universe favorite Mara Jade will not only be included in Episode VII, but she will also have a role in Rebels. StarWars7News writes:

"The following was posted in the comments section by an anonymous source under one of the older articles. I find it quite interesting but surely it's just a rumor and all of you should treat it as one...

Direct quote:

It can be said, that Rebels will introduce Mara Jade, into the film canon, sometimes appearing with the Inquisitor and she will be the living mother of Ben Skywalker.

Episode seven takes place, in 30 ABY. Jacen, and Jaina will be to Ben what Han, and Leia were to Luke. Ben is around the same age as his cousins. Chewie will be alive, and this is an all new timeline from 4 ABY forward.

Pablo Hidalgo, and Leland Chee have been consulting with Kathleen, and JJ, on EU elements, and characters from the database.

As of 2015 Books and comics will be part of the same canon, as Movies, TV and Netflix. Rebels has very strong connections to the ST, it will bring EU characters, ideas, and planets into the canon and it introduces two original characters for the ST, one Imperial, and one Jedi."

And they later added:


After the article was posted we received some more tips that there's definitely some truth in this. It comes from people close to the production. And here's something more - not only Star Wars: Rebels will have a connection with the new trilogy but also some of the new upcoming Clone Wars bonus content..."

If you've surfed the web any significant amount of time, you're familiar with some of the crazy things posted in comment sections. What adds a little credibility to this rumor is the "people close to the production" they mention. I guess we'll find out how accurate they are sooner or later. Now, allow me to speculate for a moment; considering all we've learned so far, the original post-Return Of The Jedi EU timeline is not going to figure into the upcoming stories. But that doesn't mean they won't try to include Mara Jade in the new story. A lot of the latest Episode VII rumors have referenced Ben Skywalker having large role in the upcoming Sequel trilogy. If Luke has a son, he'll have to have a wife, and Mara Jade would be the logical choice. And including her in Rebels in this way would mean that at least part of her original backstory, as the Emperor's hand, would be left in tact.

Now, of course, all of these rumors and speculation don't amount to anything without a Lucasfilm confirmation, so take all of this with a big grain of Salt.


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