New Star Wars Rebels Animated Series to Bridge Movie Episodes III and IV -- Watch Video

Star Wars Rebels Series to Disney XDThe Force is still with your television.

Production is underway on Star Wars Rebels, an animated series set between the film franchise’s Episodes III and IV and due to premiere in fall 2014 on Disney Channel (as a one-hour special) before migrating to Disney XD.

Taking place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope (aka the opening installment of the original trilogy) – an almost 20-year era that has never-before been explored on-screen — Star Wars Rebels finds the Empire tightening its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights, all as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire takes shape.

Other details “are a closely guarded secret,” says the press release.

At the time that Star Wars: The Clone Wars‘ (photo’d above) Cartoon Network run was ended, it was teased that “a whole new Star Wars series set in a time period previously untouched in Star Wars films” was on the horizon. That series, Star Wars Rebels is, hmm.

Screenwriter Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class) will serve an executive producer on the series and pen the premiere episode. He is joined by exec producers Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Greg Weisman (Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man). In this behind-the-scenes video, Filoni previews the new venture:
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