In a move that everyone saw coming, the voice of General Leia in Star Wars Resistance (Rachel Batura), has been replaced by actor Carolyn Hennesy. Back in September Batura took to Twitter to make fun of Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford for her voice during the Kavanaugh hearings.
Just as quickly as she posted the video on Twitter, she took it down. However, it was up long enough for the Internet to do as it usually does, make copies and spread like wildfire. As is the case with other incidences like this, Disney (most likely, because no official reason has been given) cut Batura from the show.
The news came in the form of the end credits for the show’s winter finale (last Sunday). You really have to listen carefully to know that there is a different person doing the voice in the episode.
Batura also was the voice behind Leia in the LEGO Star Wars: All-Stars show, but no information has been released on that issue either.
It does seem as though Hennesy is thrilled to be playing the character, and shared her appreciation of fan acceptance on Twitter…
— Carolyn Hennesy (@carolynhennesy) December 12, 2018
About Star Wars Resistance:
Star Wars Resistance was created by LucasFilm Animation’s Dave Filoni, who served as an executive producer on the last animated show, Star Wars Rebels.
“The idea for Star Wars Resistance came out of my interest in World War II aircraft and fighter pilots,” said Filoni. “My grandfather was a pilot and my uncle flew and restored planes, so that’s been a big influence on me. There’s a long history of high-speed racing in Star Wars, and I think we’ve captured that sense of excitement in an anime-inspired style, which is something the entire team has been wanting to do for a long time.”
You can catch Star Wars Resistance every Sunday night at 10:00pm EST, on Disney Channel.