MTV has the first scoop in ages on the long-promised live-action Star Wars television series.
Casting is under way for the production that will take place between the two trilogies, in the dark times as the newly enthroned Emperor establishes his rule throughout the galaxy.
During the junket for the Nicolas Cage thriller “Knowing,” star Rose Byrne let slip that Team Lucas is casting a wide net for actors to join the show. “A lot of my friends have been auditioning for it,” she said.
The action will follow the Rebel Alliance as it slowly gains strength against the Empire. There will be Stormtroopers, but no Jedi or Darth Vader will appear on screen. As he did with the “Clone Wars” series, (George) Lucas will write and shoot an entire year’s worth of episodes before looking for a cable channel on which to air the series.
Here are more details Lucas shared with TV Guide in a 2007 interview:
“The live-action [series] is not the movie. It’s the Star Wars universe, but it’s characters from the saga who were [previously] minor, and it follows their stories. It’s set between [movie episodes] III and IV, when the Empire has taken over. It’s like Episode IV in that the Emperor and Darth Vader are heard about — people talk about them — but you never see them because it doesn’t take place where they actually are. There are storm troopers and all that, but there are no Jedis. It’s different, but I think it’s very exciting because I get to explore a part of that universe that I haven’t been able to explore.”
Meanwhile, the current Star Wars TV presence, The Clone Wars, will wrap up its first season March 20 with the introduction of a new bounty hunter character, Cad Bane. This Friday sees the conclusion of the “Ryloth trilogy,” set on the droid-occupied homeworld of the head-tailed Twi’lek race (seen dancing for Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi).
A clarification from Entertainment Weekly:
EW has confirmed with a Lucasfilm rep that a casting agent in Australia is “doing some preliminary ground work, but official casting will not start until the scripts are complete.” At the earliest, the series would go into production in 2010, the rep added.