One thing that’s true of The Rise of Skywalker is that the movie is a ride. In fact, it’s so much of a ride that once it’s over, you’ll want to bolt to the exit, possibly with your little Jedi Padawans in tow. But, if there’s a way you can convince your kids (or yourself) to chill for a second and watch the credits, you should. And that’s because that’s where you’ll notice some very familiar names. Curious who the “Jedi voices from the past” actually were? Confused about some of those voices specifically? Here’s your guide to the squad who helped Rey out in a pinch, even though they’re all dead.
Spoilers ahead for the ending of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
First of all, there is no a post-credits scene in The Rise of Skywalker, but the ending scene where a bunch of dead Jedi speak to Rey through the Force is perhaps the deepest-cut to end all deep cuts. Did it seem like some of those voices were familiar? Some of the voices totally should seem familiar. But you’ll also be excused if you didn’t catch all of them. Here’s the full list, which, if you wait around toward the end of the credits, you’ll see for yourself.
Here’s the list:
- Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen)
- Luminara Undall (Olivia d’Abo)
- Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein)
- Aayla Secura (Jennifer Hale)
- Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson)
- Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor)
- Yoda (Franz Oz)
- Adi Gallia (Angelique Perrin)
- Kanna Jarus (Freddie Prinze Jr.)
- Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson)
Okay, so, if you were wondering, WAS that Hayden Christensen as the voice of Anakin Skywalker speaking to Rey at the end of the movie during the big fight scene, the answer is yes, it was. And yes, Liam Nesson and Samuel L. Jackson and Ewan McGregor were back, too. And naturally, Frank Oz as Yoda. BUT, were you confused about who all the other voices were? Well, there’s a simple answer; if your kids have watched any of the Star Wars cartoons, then, they probably recognized a few of these characters. The big standouts are, Ahsoka from The Clone Wars and Kanan from Rebels. And yes, Ashley Eckstein and Freddie Prinze Jr. play Ahsoka and Kanan, respectively, which means they are crossing-over, via their voices, into the live-action movies for the very first time.
If a kid right now came to love Star Wars by being into the cartoons first, this is a huge deal. From 2008 to 2014, Ahsoka was essentially the star Jedi of The Clone Wars cartoon, and, when she crossed-over to Rebels in 2015, that was a big deal, too. And, if your kid was into Rebels, then you know that Kanan is one of the coolest, most interesting Jedi in all of Star Wars.
Bottom line, other than Frank Oz as Yoda — and of course Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher as the voices of Luke and Leia — the vast majority of the Jedi voices of the past come from the prequels, or from the cartoons. For people of a certain age, this means we’re dealing with early 2000’s Jedi and Jedi who have shown up very recently. And as far as the names that casual fans aren’t familiar with — Luminara Undall, Aayla Secura, and Adi Gallia — all of those Jedi appeared in the prequel films, but didn’t speak until The Clone Wars cartoon. So here, they are all played by their respective voice actors, just like Ahsoka and Kanan.
In fact, Ahsoka is set to return for a new season of The Clone Wars in 2020 on Disney+.
If you and your kids already love The Clone Wars and Rebels, then you already know why these voice cameos were really, really cool. But if you’re not yet experienced in the ways of the animated Force, it’s time to watch The Clone Wars and Rebels on Disney+. The ghosts of the Jedi of the past have spoken.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is out everywhere now.
The Clone Wars is streaming here on Disney+.
Rebels is streaming here on Disney+.