The original Star Wars Holiday Special was clearly not a fan-favorite, but the LEGO-sized reboot of the special will look to provide fans with a more entertaining experience. On top of that, the confirmed presence of the aforementioned Star Wars mainstays should help in adding a boost to the upcoming project.
Entertainment Weekly shared in a report that three Star Wars veterans will reprise their roles in LEGO form in the upcoming The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special on Disney+. The stars that will join the Holiday special are namely C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels, Rose Tico actress Kelly Marie Tran, and Lando Calrissian actor Billy Dee Williams.
While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, executive producer James Waugh shared that Williams “had such great, positive energy” around the project while also admitting that they couldn’t do C-3PO without Daniels:
“Williams had such great, positive energy around the whole project and, of course, we couldn’t do C-3PO without Anthony Daniels and he brought his magic to the character. Daniels did joke around with us that he couldn’t believe he was doing yet another holiday special. He never thought he’d be doing that again.”
Meanwhile, Waugh unveiled that Tran’s character has a “really prominent role throughout the story” while also describing how the narrative will work for this particular Disney+ special:
“She [Rose Tico] has a really prominent role throughout the story. This story works in an A-B way. The ‘A’ story is on Kashyyyk where Rey, Poe, Rose and Finn are all trying to create the greatest Life Day party ever for Chewie and his family. Then the B story is Rey going off to seek knowledge at the Jedi Temple that takes her across the movies’ history … Rose’s role in this it to really takes charge she basically saves the day, in many ways. We wanted to make sure we got a lot of Kelly in as Rose was going to be an essential part of whatever [the Resistance heroes’] future was going to beafter Episode IX and she was a blast to work with.”
The outlet also revealed the rest of the voice cast, including Star Wars: The Clone Wars regulars Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker, Tom Kane as Yoda, James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Dee Bradley Baker as a clone trooper.
Meanwhile, in a separate tweet, Disney+ officially unveiled a new poster for The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special.
— Disney+ (@disneyplus) October 15, 2020
The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special will stream on Disney+ on November 17
Waugh’s remarks about the positive energy of Billy Dee Williams around the project should bode well for fans of the galaxy far, far away since this could potentially mean that enjoyable things are in store when it premieres next month. Additionally, the added charm of Daniels’ portrayal as C-3PO will definitely provide a sense of nostalgia for longtime fans, especially after the actor’s impressive performance as the droid during The Rise of Skywalker.