Freddie Prinze Jr. Loves Dave Filoni’s ‘Star Wars’ Influence Just As Much As Fans Do

Star Wars is this colossal force of nature that has taken over pop culture again and again. Ever since it premiered in 1977, the characters and world created by George Lucas have evolved and kept going all these decades later. Director and producer Dave Filoni has been in charge of storytelling that has gone on to become some of the best in the Star Wars franchise. And it’s not just fans who are excited to see what Filoni has up his sleeves. 

Executive Producer Dave Filoni speaking on a 'Star Wars Rebels' panel at Star Wars Celebration on Saturday, April 15, 2017.
Executive Producer Dave Filoni on a ‘Star Wars Rebels’ panel at Star Wars Celebration on Saturday, April 15, 2017 | Todd Anderson/Disney XD via Getty Images

Freddie Prinze Jr. ‘can’t wait to see’ what Dave Filoni does with ‘Star Wars’

In an interview on Feb. 13 with IGN, actor Freddie Prinze Jr. talked about his role as Kanan Jarrus, first seen on Star Wars Rebels and then heard in The Rise of Skywalker. It’s the first time any part of his character appears in a live-action Star Wars film, which was also the case with Ashley Eckstein’s Ahsoka Tano, who was also a Force voice in the movie. 

The opportunity allowed him to work in this world again, and with Filoni. He shared that he’s very excited about what’s to come for the franchise. “I believe in a lot of the people they have there [at Lucasfilm], and the types of stories they want to tell, just because they’ve told me the stories they want to tell,” Prinze said. “And I think they’re great, and I can’t wait to see more of this stuff in Dave’s head get out there.”

Filoni is Supervising Director on The Clone Wars and also on Star Wars Rebels. And most recently he got his first chance to work on a live-action Star Wars project, The Mandalorian, as a writer, director, and executive producer. Since Filoni has worked with Prinze in the past, he’s shared some secrets with the actor as well. 

“He’s told me some of the best — to where I felt like I was a kid and sitting on a pappy’s knee, and they were hearing an old story,” Prinze continued. “That’s how good they are, and those haven’t even been told yet. So they have a ton of work ahead of them, and it’s all work that they’re inspired by … But I love the direction they’re going in, and I love Dave’s influence over the brand at this point.”

George Lucas handpicked Dave Filoni to carry on with ‘Star Wars’ storytelling

As Vanity Fair pointed out in a feature on Filoni and Lucas in November, fans adore Filoni. He has an almost reverent fanbase around him, and that’s all thanks to his first, astounding work on The Clone Wars. Lucas brought Filoni on to continue working on the project after Lucas stepped back as the end-all-be-all for the franchise.

And so far, Filoni has nailed everything he’s worked on. According to what Lucas told Filoni, it’s all in the listening. “One day, George said, ‘Do you know why I enjoy working with you?’ And I said, ‘No, I have no idea,’” Filoni told Vanity Fair. “He said, ‘Well, you listen to me.’”

Jon Favreau — one of the founding fathers of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for his work on Iron Man and more — also helmed The Mandalorian. He worked very closely with Filoni on the Disney+ series, and Favreau added why it went so well. “[Filoni will] be very forthcoming with his thoughts and opinions if he thinks that I’m going down the wrong path,” Favreau said. “But he’ll pivot suddenly to learning and questioning and understanding.” With all the fan-love for the series, it seems to be going very well.

Filoni isn’t going anywhere

Filoni has proven that he’s vital to Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise at this point. The Clone Wars is one of the most beloved parts of the Star Wars, and he’s one of the creators of Ahsoka Tano, also an immensely important character. Filoni is staying on to create even more stories in this galaxy far, far away. 

“There isn’t a thing that we do in the storytelling space that I don’t check with Dave,” the President of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, told Vanity Fair. “What I find about Dave is you don’t just sit down and have a discussion about plot or review characters inside the Star Wars world. You end up having meaningful, thoughtful discussions about what it is we’re trying to say inside the storytelling. He has a lot of empathy.”

His most recent Star Wars creation comes out this week, with The Clone Wars Season 7 set to premiere on Disney+ on Feb. 21. Fans will get to see the conclusion of the series, and how it directly leads into Revenge of the Sith. Even though tissues will be needed, thank the Force for Filoni.