Star Wars Rebels

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Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars Rebels logo.png
Genre
Format CGI Animated series
Created by Simon Kinberg
Voices of
Composer(s) Kevin Kiner
Country of origin United States
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production company(s)
Distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Broadcast
Original channel
Original airing October 2014 (2014-10)
Chronology
Preceded by Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Followed by Star Wars live-action TV series
External links
Official website
Production website

Star Wars Rebels is an upcoming CGI animated series produced by Lucasfilm and Lucasfilm Animation. It is set to take place between Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, in which the Galactic Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking form. The visual style of Star Wars Rebels is heavily inspired by the original Star Wars trilogy concept art by Ralph McQuarrie.[1]

The series is scheduled to premiere in October 2014 as a one-hour special on Disney Channel, and will then air as a series on Disney XD channels worldwide.[2] Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, and Greg Weisman have all been announced as executive producers. Kinberg has stated that the first season would contain 16 episodes and revealed that the series will feature new characters along with characters from the original trilogy.[3][4]

Plot[edit]

Set five years before Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope,[5] the series follows a motley group of rebels—all of whom have been affected by the Galactic Empire in one form or the other—that band together in a small group aboard a freighter starship called the Ghost. The series will also focus on the origins of some of the groups that form the Rebel Alliance.

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Freddie Prinze, Jr. as Kanan Jarrus, a renegade Jedi who survived Order 66. He keeps his lightsaber under lock and key and brandishes a blaster instead to avoid the attention of the Empire. He is the leader of the crew of the Ghost and is highly eager to fight against the Empire. He is sarcastic but also distraught over the destruction of his culture and former way of life.[6]
  • Taylor Gray as Ezra Bridger, a charismatic 14-year-old con artist, thief, and pickpocket living on the Outer Rim world of Lothal as the Empire strip mines the resources of his homeworld for Sienar's TIE fighter production. Unbeknownst to him, Ezra is able to use the Force, and has used it to get out of certain predicaments. Stealing to survive, he has no real loyalty to anyone.[7]
  • Steve Blum as Zeb Orrelios, a seasoned and intelligent Lasat enforcer who serves as the muscle of the Ghost crew. His physical appearance is based on Ralph McQuarrie's original conceptual artwork for Chewbacca.[8]
  • Tiya Sircar as Sabine Wren, a female Mandalorian with expert knowledge of weapons, combat, and explosives. She is also a graffiti artist who tags Imperial facilities with anti-Imperial propaganda after an attack, decorates the interior of the Ghost, and frequently modifies her armor. Executive Producer Dave Filoni revealed in an interview that her design was based on an idea he had for The Clone Wars. Her armor is loosely based on that of Jango and Boba Fett[9]
  • Vanessa Marshall as Hera Syndulla, the Twi'lek female who owns and pilots the Ghost. She is the mother-figure of the crew, and brings them all together.[10]
  • C1-10P (aka Chopper), Hera's astromech droid. Due to being crafted from spare parts since his masters could not afford anything new, he is very irritable and seems to not care about his owners. His physical appearance is heavily modeled on the original Ralph McQuarrie conceptual artwork for R2-D2.[11]
  • Jason Isaacs as the Inquisitor, an unnamed Pau'an who wields a double-bladed lightsaber and is tasked by Darth Vader to hunt down the remaining Jedi left in the galaxy.[12] His unique lightsaber design was based on an unused concept from The Force Unleashed video game.[13]
  • David Oyelowo as Agent Kallus, a member of the Imperial Security Bureau who serves under the Inquisitor.[14][15]
  • Billy Dee Williams reprises his role as Lando Calrissian.[4]
  • James Arnold Taylor reprises his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi.[4]
  • Anthony Daniels reprises his role as C-3PO.
  • Kenny Baker reprises his role as R2-D2, who will appear alongside C-3PO.
  • Temuera Morrison plays the role as Boba Fett.
  • Matt Sloan plays as Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith and once known as Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker.
  • Tim Curry plays as Emperor Palpatine, Dark Lord of the Sith.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hibberd, James (January 23, 2014). "'Star Wars Rebels' interview: New series goes to dark places, embraces 1977 film's spirit". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ McLean, Thomas (February 12, 2014). "‘Star Wars Rebels’ Unveils Kanan, the Cowboy Jedi". Animation Magazine. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Simon Kinberg: Star Wars Rebels Season Will Be 16 Episodes". TheForce.net. May 9, 2014. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Goldberg, Matt (May 9, 2014). "Writer-Producer Simon Kinberg Talks STAR WARS REBELS, His Duties on the Show, and the Thrill of Writing for Original Trilogy Characters". Collider. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  5. ^ Goldman, Eric (4 May 2014). "Star Wars Rebels Trailer". IGN. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Hibberd, James (February 11, 2014). "'Star Wars Rebels' first human character revealed". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ Sands, Rich (February 14, 2014). "First Look: A New Recruit for Star Wars Rebels". TV Guide. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ Goldman, Eric (18 February 2014). "Star Wars Rebels Exclusive First Look: Meet Zeb". IGN. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Ng, Philiana (February 19, 2014). "'Star Wars Rebels': Meet 'Feisty' Weapons Expert Sabine (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  10. ^ Hibberd, James (20 February 2014). "'Star Wars Rebels': Final hero revealed plus ALL the new characters together for first time -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  11. ^ Hibberd, James (Jan 28, 2014). "'Star Wars Rebels': New droid revealed". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  12. ^ "NYCC 2013: Meet the Inquisitor, the New Face of Evil in Star Wars Rebels". Star Wars official website. Archived from the original on 4 July 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  13. ^ Moccio, Michael. "SDCC 2014: The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels LIVE". Emertainment Monthly. Emertainment Monthly. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  14. ^ Couto, Anthony (17 June 2014). "New Rumor Suggests Star Wars: Episode 7's Villains are Jedi Hunters". IGN. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "‘Star Wars Rebels’: First look at ‘Rebel hunter’ villain Agent Kallus". Los Angeles Times. 10 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 

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