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Buffy meets Star Wars as Sarah Michelle Gellar joins Star Wars Rebels

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'Buffy' (1997) meets Star Wars as Sarah Michelle Gellar joins 'Star Wars Rebels' (2014) Season 2

It's been announced that Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) has been cast in a recurring role in Season 2 of the animated series Star Wars Rebels. Executive producer/supervising director Dave Filoni said, “We're thrilled to have Sarah Michelle Gellar on board for season 2. She is a true 'Star Wars Rebels' fan and her passion undoubtedly comes through in the voice recording sessions.”

Hopefully Sarah Michelle Gellar's character arc will last for many episodes, because selling the long-term emotional resonance of the title character's ongoing struggles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer was one of the key strengths of her iconic seven-year performance as Buffy Summers. And with all new Star Wars (from Star Wars Rebels onwards) said to be inter-connected in story terms, who knows what other instalments of the franchise the character could appear in?

(Of course, depending on acting availability, there's always the possibility of the character being recast; but if not, the hypothetical prospect of Buffy playing a potentially key role in the Star Wars universe (since we know nothing about the character at this point, so anything could happen) is a cool one.)

Sarah Michelle Gellar has previous experience with voicing animation, from The Simpsons to Robot Chicken to TMNT. In the latter of which, she played April O'Neil, opposite Chris Evans' Casey Jones. (That is, Buffy and Captain America.)

Her husband Freddie Prinze Jr. is already part of the show's voice cast.

This marks a crossover of sorts between the Buffyverse and the Star Wars Universe, which is cool because they're two of the most awesomely operatic story universes out there, each featuring highly memorable characters and terrific world-building, making them both resonate deeply with their fanbases.

This isn't the first example of crossover between Buffy and Star Wars.

Writer/director/actor Seth Green (Oz from Buffy), who's a massive Star Wars fanboy, has made three Robot Chicken: Star Wars specials, is in the process of making the currently-in-post-production animated comedy Star Wars: Detours, and even voiced characters in Dave Filoni's last Star Wars animated show, Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Buffy creator Joss Whedon's spaceship show, Firefly, and its big-screen continuation Serenity, were influenced in some ways by Star Wars, with Nathan Fillion's Captain Malcolm Reynolds being a Han Solo-like independent-minded character, who finds some kind of serenity in his found family aboard a spaceship, as they go about their regular misadventures.

Also, while there's no direct connection, Ice Age director Chris Wedge's underrated animated epic Epic seems to be influenced by both Star Wars and Buffy.

/Film


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