Lucasfilm has announced a series of animated shorts focusing on female characters from the Star Wars franchise. Eight episodes will debut on YouTube this July, with a further eight being added when they show on the Disney Channel in fall. Daisy Ridley, Felicity Jones, Tiya Sircar, Ashley Eckstein, and Vanessa Marshall will all reprise their roles as Rey, Jyn Erso, Sabine Wren, Ahsoka Tano, and Hera Syndulla. Lupita Nyong'o's Maz Kanata will serve as narrator, with Shelby Young as Leia and Catherine Taber as Padmé. In order to avoid spoilers for episodes 8 and 9, Rey's adventures will take place in between scenes in The Force Awakens. There will also be an associated merchandise line featuring action figures of the heroines, comic books, clothing, and more.