The Mandalorian: Star Wars Rebels Cameo Was More In-Depth Than Fans Realize

A recent episode of The Mandalorian on Disney Plus featured an unexpected cameo from a Star Wars character only seen previously in animated form. Technically, he was still animated in this instance, but the character’s appearance featured more than just his voice actor’s vocal performance.


The episode of The Mandalorian featured a Star Wars Rebel cameo, and he’s probably the last one viewers would have expected. Fans of the latter Star Wars series will have already picked up on the appearance of Garazeb Orrelios (better known simply as “Zeb”) in a New Republic pilots’ tavern. He can be seen speaking with Carson Teva (played by Kim’s Convenience star Paul Sun-Hyung Lee) before Carson sets off to find Din Djarin. Those familiar with the character instantly recognized voice actor Steve Blum reprising his role as Zeb after playing the gruff Lasat for the entire Rebels run. But he was more involved than that.

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While it was probably expected that Blum would return to voice Zeb, what did come as a welcome surprise was that he also performed the facial capture for the character. Blum’s son, Brandon Blum, posted a shout-out on his Instagram story to his dad, congratulating him for the cameo and seemingly pointing out that he also did the facial capture. “Also frickin huge shout-out to my dad who continues to kill it in V.O. and facial capture,” the caption said. “Proud of you every day.”

Blum has been a mainstay in the voice-acting world for decades, working in anime as far back as the early ’80s and never slowing down since. Nowadays, he’s arguably best known for playing Wolverine in several X-Men projects over the years, notably voicing Wolverine in the well-regarded Marvel’s Midnight Suns video game. He also gained notoriety as Spike Spiegel in the original Cowboy Bebop anime and TOM, the animated robot host of Cartoon Network’s Toonami block of late-night programming. However, he’s also one of the most prolific voice actors out there, and any given animated project has a pretty good chance of featuring him somewhere.

The Mandalorian certainly loves its cameos. But funnily enough, the appearance of Zeb wasn’t Blum’s first trek into the series. He also briefly lent his voice to an unnamed spaceport operator in the 5th episode of season 1 titled “The Gunslinger.” So he’s no stranger to this particular world. The only unfortunate bit is that Zeb wasn’t on-screen for longer. He was Zeb, but there was nary a war cry or utterance of “karabast” that fans tend to expect from his typically prickly Lasat fighter.

If certain rumors regarding the upcoming Ahsoka series are to be believed, this won’t be the last time a new Star Wars show brings back something from Rebels, so there’s always the chance that Zeb will get more screen time in the future. If so, it’ll be great to see what else Blum can bring to the booth.

The Mandalorian releases new episodes Wednesdays on Disney Plus.

Source: Brandon Blum/Instagram (via US Times Post)



Source: Gamerant

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