Meet “Cowboy Jedi” Kanan From ‘Star Wars Rebels’ (Updated)

Meet “Cowboy Jedi” Kanan From ‘Star Wars Rebels’ (Updated)


Text and Images Courtesy of Lucasfilm

Not every guardian of peace and justice was lost to the tragedy of Order 66. Introducing Kanan, a survivor of the Emperor’s Jedi purge and one of the main characters of Star Wars Rebels.

REB_CA_54Kanan, voiced by Freddie Prinze, Jr., is a less traditional Force-wielder than fans are used to seeing. He carries a blaster, is a little sarcastic, and keeps his past a secret. “I like to call Kanan ‘the cowboy Jedi,’” says executive producer Dave Filoni. As shown in this video, his Jedi robes are long gone, replaced with armor and a holster, though a samurai-like ponytail hints at his Jedi Knight origins.

In Star Wars Rebels, set between Episode III and IV, Kanan has been underground for years, evading the Empire. If the Imperials become aware of his existence “he’s going to get killed,” says art director Kilian Plunkett. He still has his lightsaber, but no longer uses it for fear of revealing his true identity — and has ultimately forsaken the ways of the Jedi Order.

Star Wars Rebels will show Kanan’s journey as he rediscovers himself, just as a rebellion begins to form against the Empire. According to Filoni, “He’s a gunslinger that needs to put the gun away and pick up the sword again, and fight for noble causes and selfless causes.” But what will happen when he chooses to reignite his Jedi weapon, fighting once again for a greater purpose?

The video closes with a tease of what’s to come: an encounter with the nightmarish Inquisitor, the Empire’s Jedi hunter.


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  2. Melinda
    February 15, 2014 at 17:01 Reply

    AWESOME!!! 🙂

  3. Jay Krebs
    February 16, 2014 at 19:44 Reply

    Does he remind anyone else of Tulio from The Road to El Dorado?…

  4. Joe2
    April 16, 2014 at 15:18 Reply

    Just seeing this and he looks cool. But Freddie has got some grey hair! He’s not that much older than me.

    Can’t wait for REBELS!!!

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