Fortunately for those of us for whom Star Wars: The Force Awakens was not nearly enough Star Wars - so, a lot of us – the animated TV series Star Wars Rebels still has new episodes airing on Disney XD. The show has been consistently great since its premiere in 2014, and things are about to get even more exciting for franchise fans, as an upcoming episode will feature none other than a young Princess Leia in the animated flesh.

The episode will see Princess Leia in her early capacity as an aide to her father Bail, sent to the planet Lothal with ships for the rebels. Of course, an Imperial lockdown forces the rebels to come up with a new plan to steal the ships. Julie Dolan is the voice actress.

Leia, as introduced in Rebels, will be a young leader on her way to becoming the strong, more resolute character portrayed in the original Star Wars trilogy. As the events of Rebels take place three years prior to the events of A New Hope, the episode will see a Princess Leia who is still a part of the Empire. She’s not the Empire’s biggest fan and is already in the early stages of working as a double agent, however, and the Empire underestimating her as a privileged princess preoccupied with mercy missions will give her an edge.

Star Wars Rebels has done a fantastic job of introducing its own original characters so that the series can easily stand on its own without regular cameos from characters of the films, but Leia showing up will be a treat. Considering that Rebels takes place between Episodes III and IV of the movie universe, Leia is still pretty young, and seeing her in the early stages of becoming a Rebellion leader is definitely worthy of a celebration, blue milk and Ewoks optional.

Sadly, Princess Leia will only be appearing in one episode of this season of Rebels, but there’s always the chance that her first appearance could lead to more. After all, we don’t exactly have to worry about anything too troubling happening to her. Check out a first look at young Princess Leia:



We don’t learn too much in the first look, aside from the fact that Leia’s hair and fashion sense have apparently been consistent since her mid-teens, but it’s a good taste of what is to come in her appearance. Princess Leia’s episode of Star Wars Rebels airs Wednesday, January 20 at 9 p.m. ET on Disney XD.

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