Star Wars Animated Short Pits Rey, BB-8 Against a Hungry Desert Beast

Disney today released the premiere episode of Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, the micro web series that focuses on the female characters whose decisions have shaped the franchise’s universe. The debut episode, “Sands of Jakku,” focuses on Rey and her droid companion BB-8’s trek through the all-encompassing desert of the planet Jakku.

The two quickly realize that they are not alone, and that BB-8 is being hunted by a scrap-eating Nightwatcher Worm. The two flee, and eventually Rey has to use some mighty impressive spear-throwing skills to wrench BB-8 from the hungry subterranean worm’s maw. Everyone walks away happy, though, and the worm gets a hunk of machinery – not a friendly droid – to chew on.

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Star Wars: Forces of Destiny will consist of 16 micro episodes set to air online and at the Disney Channel. The series focuses on canon side-stories starring Star Wars characters like Rey, Jyn Erso, Ahsoka Tano, Sabine Wren and Princess Leia, with many of the original actresses reprising their roles.

The next film in the Star Wars franchise is Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Debuting in theaters on December 15, The Last Jedi is a production of Lucasfilm directed by Rian Johnson and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran.

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