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: