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.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.
Set five years before Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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. His unique lightsaber design was based on an unused concept from The Force Unleashed video game.
David Oyelowo as Agent Kallus, a member of the Imperial Security Bureau who serves under the Inquisitor.