(Update: Lucasfilm has sent us some new images and info on Sabine)
Another Star Wars Rebels character gets an official reveal, and this time it’s finally one of the show’s female leads. The Mandalorian Sabine! The Hollywood Reporter has the exclusive first look of the character, where they reveal that she will be played by actress Tiya Sircar. We also learn that Sabine is an actual Mandalorian who is a weapons expert, and is somewhat of an artist with her graffiti. You can check out the reveal video below, as well as some more info about the character from Dave Filoni and his crew. When watching the video, see if you can spot some Clone Wars Easter eggs!
Meet Sabine, the Explosive Artist
Sabine is a key member of the Ghost crew in Star Wars Rebels. As seen in this special video, featuring early design concepts, animation tests, and final art, Sabine is unlike any Star Wars character – especially in her love for blowing things up and tagging her work with graffiti.
Dave Filoni, executive producer of the animated series, discloses that Sabine is a Mandalorian. She has a great understanding of weapons and combat like few others, and has turned against the Empire. “She is spunky, she’s feisty, she’s got a little bit of attitude,” says actress Tiya Sircar, who is voicing the character. Additionally, Sabine is an artist, which is reflected in her hair, personalized armor, and graffiti calling cards. After the Ghost crew hits the Empire, Sabine makes sure the Empire knows who did it. Concept artist Amy Beth Christenson says that the Star Wars Rebels animation team has created a library of graffiti tags for Sabine, and is constantly adding to it.
As Joel Aron, CG supervisor of lighting and FX, says, “She’s adding something that we haven’t really seen before in the Star Wars universe. You have a character that is expressively creative through art — whether it’s the color of her hair or what she’s done to her armor.”
In the end, Sabine is a strong, no-nonsense heroine. As Sircar says, “I think she’s kind of an inspiration.”
Sabine was a mystery when we first saw an image of a female Mandalorian a few days ago at Toy Fair, but now after this reveal video, and while we still don’t know her whole story, she looks to be another great new character for Star Wars Rebels that I can’t wait to see more of!