We may be in the midst of a Star Wars drought, but by all accounts Lucasfilm has been very busy. Despite accommodations that needed to be made due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Star Wars creators have worked diligently to bring fans new content. For viewers, The Mandalorian Season 2 is set to release in October, while gamers can look forward to be both Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga and the newly announced Star Wars: Squadrons in the fall, and readers have The High Republic coming their way in January.
It's been a little over a month since the hit series Star Wars: The Clone Wars came to its riveting conclusion, and many fans have wondered what would could be next for Lucasfilm Animation. For quite some time, a sequel to Star Wars Rebels has been rumored to be on the horizon, coming in November with Clone Wars-style animation. While an official announcement on the series' existence has not been made, sources have insisted it's coming, as well as multiple other animated projects in unknown stages of development - one of which may feature some familiar characters.
Corey Van Dyke of Kessel Run Transmissions has claimed that, while Star Wars: The Clone Wars is complete, there is another animated project in the works that will feature some of the characters, including Ahsoka and Captain Rex:
Ahsoka and Rex will appear in the Rebels Sequel series, but there’s more.— Corey Van Dyke (@Corey_WolfPack) June 12, 2020
WHAT THIS MEANS
These tweets are little more than an unsubstantiated tease, and until the source is corroborated by major outlets or official announcements, this rumor should be taken with a grain of salt.
The Rebels sequel has allegedly been in development for a while now, and Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex will certainly make appearances. Both characters are reportedly set to make their live-action debuts in The Mandalorian Season 2, which is said to serve as a set-up for the rumored sequel series. If this show ends up happening, Ahsoka and Rex's journey in this time period will be well covered.
We've seen how things end for both characters in The Clone Wars, and where they are over a decade later when they appear in Rebels. The early days of Ahsoka's story following Order 66 have been told in the young adult novel Ahsoka, but the main events of the book start a year after Clone Wars.
Rex's story hasn't at all been covered between the Siege of Mandalore and his departure from the Seelos system. Somehow, the Captain reunites with clones Commander Wolffe and Captain Gregor, both of whom overcame the events of Order 66 in some way, and the three brothers retired to hunt for Joopas.
With all of this in mind, the project Van Dyke is referring to almost certainly has to be occurring in the period known as "The Dark Times". We don't know how Ahsoka or Rex were able to successfully relinquish themselves into the shadows, or how Rex came into contact with his fellow Clones. The project teased here seems to be the perfect opportunity to tell that story, given that both Ahsoka and Rex will allegedly be featured.
Something important to note is that while this rumored project features main characters from The Clone Wars, it isn't a continuation of the show. Van Dyke replied to a commenter that "I’d love all of the episodes to be made but for now that’s not in the cards" and Dave Filoni has made it clear that he sees the series as complete, despite there being several unfinished arcs in various stages of development.
So what could this project be?
There's a very good chance that this could actually be a CG animated feature film. The story of Ahsoka and Rex shortly after Order 66 isn't a lengthy one to tell, and a theatrical release for this film would serve as a nice bookend to the journey of these characters in this period, as things began in 2008 with a movie as well.
This is all purely speculation, and there's no telling whether or not this project truly exists at the moment, or when we would hear about it. If the story of the Clone Wars heroes is going to continue in some fashion, the best way to do it would be to make a movie. From the sounds of things, we're in for a lot of Ahsoka and Rex in the quickly approaching future, and we'll be sure to provide any updates on this developing possibility.