ROBOT CHICKEN: STAR WARS EPISODE III Premieres December 12; Zac Efron Will Voice Anakin

     July 12, 2010


After finding success with prior Star Wars spoofs in 2007 and 2008 (including four Emmy nominations), Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich are heading back to the well for Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III.  The new special — set to air December 12th on Adult Swim — will feature a slew of voices new to the specials, most notably Zac Efron as Anakin Skywalker.  In terms of Star Wars personnel, Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) will join prior Robot collaborators Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) and Amed Best (Jar Jar Binks).  Donald Glover (Community) and Mike Henry (Family Guy) will likewise make their RC:SW debuts.  Hit the jump for comments from the creators.

Green discussed their approach to the new special,

“We’re telling more of a linear story this time that covers the series from start to finish.”

Partner Senreich added,

“We wanted to take the Star Wars universe and see if through the eyes of our Robot Chicken: Star Wars Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader, Boba Fett and Gary the Stormtrooper.  We’ll still flip around the universe, but we’ll get a unique perspective from the bad guy side, from people who just want to rule the universe.” [The Live Feed]

As steadfast devotees of pop culture, it’s not surprising that Star Wars continues to act as muse to Green and Senreich.  However, it is probably worth asking asking how many iterations they can create before it stops feeling fresh.  Hopefully the answer is a highish number, because Green and Senreich are also developing a non-Robot Chicken animated comedy series based in the Star Wars universe in conjunction with LucasFilm.