Star Wars: The Clone Wars ended on a high note last May, but it was confirmed that there are still more stories to tell. A follow-up to the successful animated series was announced in the form of The Bad Batch, which will feature the powerful ragtag group of clones that was introduced during the show's final season. Aside from that, it is heavily rumored that mainstays from The Clone Wars will also make an appearance with Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex leading the way.
The massive success of Clone Wars also paved the way for tie-in merchandise as well as the possibility of some scenes being reimagined in live-action format during the much-anticipated Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series. Not only that, the show also filled in the gaps of several stories within the Skywalker Saga and fleshed out generational characters like Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker.
Now, it seems that another piece of Clone Wars-centered content is on its way, and it features an exciting reunion.
Star Wars has officially announced the impending arrival of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Stories of Light and Dark audiobook, and it features a familiar voice cast. The anthology audiobook will see the return of "Corey Burton (Cad Bane and Count Dooku), Nika Futterman (Asajj Ventress), Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker), Catherine Taber (Padmé Amidala), James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi), and Sam Witwer (Maul)." In addition, the announcement was accompanied by the full reader list:
Introduction…read by Catherine Taber
“Sharing the Same Face”…read by James Arnold Taylor
“Dooku Captured”…read by Corey Burton
“Hostage Crisis”…read by Matt Lanter
“Pursuit of Peace”…read by Catherine Taber
“The Shadow of Umbara”…read by James Arnold Taylor
“Bane’s Story”…read by Corey Burton
“The Lost Nightsister”…read by Nika Futterman
“Dark Vengeance”…read by Sam Witwer
“Almost a Jedi”…read by Olivia Hack
“Kenobi’s Shadow”…read by James Arnold Taylor
“Bug”…read by Catherine Taber
Aside from revealing the voice cast and multiple chapters of the audiobook, Star Wars has also unveiled its cover art which shows a beautifully-sketched clone trooper:
Stories of Light and Dark will arrive on August 25, and it will include "11 stories by 11 authors, 10 retellings of memorable episodes and arcs and one original Nightsisters-based story:"
Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Stories of Light and Dark, coming August 25, promises to be a beautiful tribute to the recently-completed animated series. The anthology will collect 11 stories by 11 authors — Lou Anders, Preeti Chhibber, Zoraida Córdova, Jason Fry, Rebecca Roanhorse, Greg Van Eekhout, Tom Angleberger, E. Anne Convery, Sarah Beth Durst, Yoon Ha Lee, and Anne Ursu — including 10 retellings of memorable episodes and arcs and one original Nightsisters-based story.
Stories of Light and Dark is now available for pre-order here.
WHAT THIS MEANS
There is no denying that Clone Wars has become an integral part of the Star Wars franchise, and the arrival of Stories of Light and Dark should serve as a reminder of that. The animated series left a mark in the eyes of many Star Wars fans and this audiobook should help fans revisit its incredible success. More so, the inclusion of familiar voices from Clone Wars is a fitting addition to the experience.
Stories of Light and Dark will also look to expand the Clone Wars franchise by incorporating 11 more stories along with the Nightsisters-based story. That said, the audiobook has the potential to further improve the Clone Wars lore and provides an opportunity to expand certain characters.
With seven seasons under their belt, it's safe to say that the voice actors who worked on Clone Wars have already fell in love with the franchise. Aside from fan service, this reunion should also help the actors get reacquainted with the Star Wars universe while also getting a sense of nostalgia and celebration in terms of the show's triumph over the years.
At any rate, Clone Wars will remain a major discussion point among Star Wars fans, and Stories of Light and Dark could very well add to the long list of topics that will be covered.