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

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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:



Comments (25)

  • Hopefully we’ll see Vader hunt down Jedi.

    Comment by Michael Sacal – May 20, 2013 07:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Hopefully they will get James Earl Jones to do the voice.

      Comment by TVFan – May 20, 2013 08:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • That would be most impressive.

        Comment by Michael Sacal – May 20, 2013 08:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • That’s what I’m hoping for. I can’t believe it took them this long to explore the time between III and IV. We want to see Vader at his peak!

        Comment by Mikael – May 20, 2013 08:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’d rather see the final (axed) season of Clone Wars.

    Comment by Andrea – May 20, 2013 07:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Might check this out.

    Comment by Esaul – May 20, 2013 07:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If it’s anything like The Clone Wars I will definitely watch!

    Comment by Dax – May 20, 2013 07:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And now for an opposing viewpoint: If it’s anything like The Clone Wars I won’t watch. Normally I don’t mind CGI but on Clone Wars it just looked too clunky and blocky. It was like watching something from Gerry Anderson without the strings.

      Comment by elf – May 20, 2013 08:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • CGI on TV fails because it lacks the budget of a motion picture CGI toon.

        Comment by Michael Sacal – May 20, 2013 08:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 2D on movies fail becuse you expect them to look much better than TV.

          Comment by ILDC – May 20, 2013 09:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • the new teenage mutant ninja turtles has fantastic cgi

          Comment by Alan – May 20, 2013 12:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I beg to differ. There was a limited-run cartoon that ran on The Hub, Deltora Quest , that actually combined CGI and Japanese anime styles and the result was pretty good.

          Comment by nick1372 – May 20, 2013 12:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I will agree it was that way in the beginning of the show but it was not by the middle of the show. It got better with every season.

        Comment by Bright – May 29, 2013 11:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Please please please introduce Starkiller! I need more Sam Witwer, even if it’s only his likeness and voice.

    Comment by AT – May 20, 2013 08:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • was going to make the same comment. Cant have a between 3 and 4 without starkiller!

      Comment by TJCrinc – May 20, 2013 04:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I ‘d like that too but i dont see it happening. Starkiller is the best think that happened to Star Wars Universe since Revan

      Comment by tdwise – May 21, 2013 08:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is fertile ground for stories in the STAR WARS universe. Good idea.

    Comment by Leigh – May 20, 2013 11:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think this is a brilliant concept…but its how they approach it. I think it would be a mistake to just chuck what Clone Wars did. If they approach this as a second chapter… in the vein of what Spartacus did with each season having a different theme; Blood and Sand, Vengence, War of the Damned…then it will work. I think Ashoka Tano is a great character. She has this personal connection with Annakin in many ways much more so than Luke. Like Obi Wan was this older brother father figure to Annakin, Annakin was the same to Ashoka. If they continue on with her as a major character then it will work. One could say from a narrative perspective her being thrown aside initially by the Jedi council was a cataylist for Annakin ultimately finding them currupt or broken. She left so obviously she was alive at the end. My wildest hope is this…they start this new series as a Rozencrants and Gildenstern are Dead tale. Where we see the end of Episode 3 from all this shows characters perspectives. Like Revenge of the Sith told from a different perspective leading till the end where then we move forward with our corp characters. Han Solo as a young person ala what Clones did somewhat with Boba. Obi Wan watching over luke but still having adventures. Ashoka oddly enough working with Asajj Ventris, “The Dual LightSabre Sisters.” We could see When Chewie met Han…its a great idea to do this show, I just hope they don’t start from scratch.

    Comment by Trenton – May 20, 2013 11:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Best comment I’ve seen in a while. The Ahsoka/Ventris angle is plausible, but I see Ahsoka as a Rebel Commander, still very much a Jedi (perhaps ‘gray’, like Qui-Gon Jinn was) but part of the Rebels. Stretching things, on the other hand she goes to the Dark Side…but not many fans like this, plus what sells merchandise, etc?

      Comment by John – May 29, 2013 11:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • hopefully greg weisman can finally break his curse and get a show that last more than two seasons, he really deserves it.

    Comment by Alan – May 20, 2013 12:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The gap between III and IV was supposed to covered in the live action Star Wars TV Series…what happened to that?

    Comment by Brett – May 20, 2013 03:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I have also wondered about the live Star Wars TV action series and was really looking forward to it

      Comment by Baxter – July 6, 2013 08:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Although I have faith in LucasFilm Animation, I do hope they are able to tell the story of Star Wars Rebels without retconning the already established projects in the Star Wars canon (most notably The Force Unleashed games).

    Comment by Daniel Brongers – June 4, 2013 04:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think my favorite part so far about this show is the chances of Ahsoka appearing on it, after all pretty much everyone loves that character, and there’s still so much to do with her, particularly dealing with her history with Vader.

    Comment by Gabe – July 16, 2013 12:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • please let ASHOKA be in it! it would be EPIC! N SHE SAW VADER!

    Comment by Ashoka Tano – August 7, 2013 09:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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