Heir to the Empire: Dave Filoni Becomes Lucasfilm’s New Creative Grand Admiral

Short of George Lucas, nobody associated with Lucasfilm understands what makes Star Wars tick quite like Dave Filoni. Now, the creator behind Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and Ahsoka will step into a new role as Chief Creative Officer.

In the past, in a lot of projects I would be brought into it, I would see it after it had already developed a good ways,” said Filoni. His new role as CCO will change that and allow him to oversee Star Wars projects from the start. “In this new role, it’s opened up to basically everything that’s going on,” Filoni said. “When we’re planning the future of what we’re doing now, I’m involved at the inception phase. I’m not telling people what to do,” Filoni explained. “But I do feel I’m trying to help them tell the best story that they want to tell. I need to be a help across the galaxy here, like a part of a Jedi Council almost.”

Filoni is still expected to helm a New Republic-era film that will tie together the stories of Disney Plus series The Mandalorian, Ahsoka, The Book of Boba Fett and Skeleton Crew. He explained that his new role involves “understanding the intent of the filmmakers and being a resource to them.” After spending years working with Lucas and developing films, Filoni has established himself as a wise, old master of the galaxy far, far away. “Literally, hours now of Star Wars storytelling I have done,” he said. “See…I even phrased that like Yoda.”

Filoni hopes those hours–numbered no doubt in the hundreds–will allow him to make a major difference with the filmmakers Lucasfilm brings on to continue telling Star Wars stories. “To truly help filmmakers, it was really important for me to experience it firsthand,” he said. “I can also lend a perspective on the challenges that telling these stories will present. I feel more capable of actually being helpful outside of just saying, ‘Well, Jedi are like this, and Sith are like this…” As challenging as Star Wars fandom can be, Filoni’s experience will allow him to be a Wayfinder for future storytellers.

Source: Vanity Fair

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