Lucasfilm has announced that Phantom Menace actress Pernilla August will be joining Liam Neeson in the cast of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The news follows the revelation that Neeson is reprising his role as Qui-Gon Jinn in Season 3 of the smash series.
August, who played Anakin Skywalker's ill-fated mum Shmi, will be appearing in the episode Overlords, which sees the young Darth Vader lured to a mysterious planet where he will be tempted by the Dark Side. Part of an epic story arc that will cast light on Anakin's destiny as the so-called 'Chosen One', Overlords has given the acclaimed Swedish actress the opportunity to once again travel to a galaxy far, far, away.
“It's funny to be asked back to do a voice for the series, because it makes me recall my screen test for Episode I, all those years ago,” she says. “I was nervous because I am from Sweden and I speak with an accent; I was afraid I wouldn't fit in an American film.
"But George was so sweet to me. He said that I came from a Swedish galaxy, and it made me feel so much better. As a mother myself, this is a role that has meant a lot to me, and it is so wonderful that Shmi can live on in the Clone Wars series.”
With Liam Neeson playing another extremely important influence on the young Jedi's destiny, it looks like Overlords will be mining some important aspects of the Star Wars mythology, as Dave Filoni, supervising director of Clone Wars, confirms.
“This is a very important chapter in Anakin’s development,” he says. “The prophecy of the Chosen One was touched on in the films, but never like this. We’re going to look at what it means for Anakin and the galaxy. We wanted to give it the proper connection to the larger saga.”