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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  1. Hopefully we’ll see Vader hunt down Jedi.

  2. Andrea says:

    I’d rather see the final (axed) season of Clone Wars.

  3. Esaul says:

    Might check this out.

  4. Dax says:

    If it’s anything like The Clone Wars I will definitely watch!

    • elf says:

      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.

  5. AT says:

    Please please please introduce Starkiller! I need more Sam Witwer, even if it’s only his likeness and voice.

    • TJCrinc says:

      was going to make the same comment. Cant have a between 3 and 4 without starkiller!

    • tdwise says:

      I ‘d like that too but i dont see it happening. Starkiller is the best think that happened to Star Wars Universe since Revan

  6. Leigh says:

    This is fertile ground for stories in the STAR WARS universe. Good idea.

  7. Trenton says:

    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.

    • John says:

      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?

  8. Alan says:

    hopefully greg weisman can finally break his curse and get a show that last more than two seasons, he really deserves it.

  9. Brett says:

    The gap between III and IV was supposed to covered in the live action Star Wars TV Series…what happened to that?

  10. Daniel Brongers says:

    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).

  11. Gabe says:

    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.

  12. Ashoka Tano says:

    please let ASHOKA be in it! it would be EPIC! N SHE SAW VADER!