March 6, 2015 – Star Wars Rebels‘ edge-of-the-seat Season One finale should have finally won over any holdout critics of the animated series. (And remember, there were many naysayers even before the first episode was shown.)
Now comes word from Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni that Sarah Michelle Gellar will be joining the voice cast in a recurring Season Two role. Longtime fans recognize Gellar as Buffy the Vampire Slayer from the wildly popular show of the same name and which ran from 1997-2003. She also acted in several horror movies, including I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), Scream 2 (1997), the Japanese-based The Grudge (2004) and The Grudge 2 (2006) as well as playing Daphne Blake in Scooby Doo (2002) and Scooby Doo 2 (2004).
Dave Filoni did not reveal which character the 37-year-old actress (born 14 April 1977) will play. Because the Rebels timeline now places the characters somewhere between four and five years away from the start of Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope (1977), some fans speculate that Gellar’s character could play a younger Mon Mothma. As new rebels are introduced in the second season, Mon Mothma’s background as a young politician in Star Wars: The Clone Wars or, much later, as a high rebel leader in Return of the Jedi (1983) could make for a very interesting story. Gellar might also voice a teen-aged Princess Leia, though everything is speculation at this point. We will not know for sure until a sneak-peak showing at Celebration Anaheim (April 16-19th) and the Season Two premiere on the Disney X-D channel later this fall.
Trailer for Season One finale, “Fire Across the Galaxy” (aired 2 March 2015)
Gellar, by the way, married Freddie Prinze, Jr. (Star Wars Rebels‘ Kanan) in 2002. They both also co-starred opposite each other in the Scooby Doo movies (2002-2004) and they now reside in Los Angeles, California.