The relationship between LEGO and Star Wars has grown over the last decade or so, and with the success of The LEGO Movie and various animated LEGO features, it was only a matter of time before we got an officially sanctioned, cinematic retelling of the Star Wars story in LEGO form — and that time is now. (Actually, it’s later this year, but you get the idea.)
The LEGO Group announced this week that LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales will air on Disney XD at some point between now and the premiere of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens in December. The original, animated series will unfold over five 22-minute episodes and take audiences through the events of Star Wars: Episode I-VI, retelling the entire narrative of the six films in the franchise so far.
But there’s a twist.
The story of the Star Wars franchise will be chronicled from the perspectives of android franchise stars C-3PO and R2-D2, as they reminisce with Han Solo, Luke Skywalker , and the rest of the Rebel Alliance after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi. What unfolds is reportedly a fresh view on the beloved franchise and the universe that developed around it over the course of six films spanning just shy of 30 years.
“Since we introduced our first LEGO Star Wars set in 1999, we have seen and heard from countless Star Wars fans who have used LEGO bricks to tell their own version of this timeless story, re-enacting favorite scenes and imagining new story lines,” said Jill Wilfert, vice president of licensing and entertainment for The LEGO Group, in a statement accompanying the announcement. “LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales gives us an opportunity to share highlights of the Star Wars story with a sense of humor and excitement that can only be conveyed through the LEGO brick, and will be a fun resource for families as they gear up for the next movie.”
There’s no word on the project’s premiere date, writers, director, or voice cast yet, but with Disney XD also the home of the hit animated series Star Wars Rebels, there’s a good chance some of those characters might be making their LEGO debut, too.