Disney & Lucasfilm Announce New Animated Series Star Wars: Rebels

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Just two months after the wildly popular The Clone Wars was forced to a closure, Disney and Lucafilm have announced that a new animated series is in the works and will hit the airwaves fall of 2014. The series will first air as an hour-long special, then will transition into traditional series format on Disney XD. The series will be produced by Lucasfilm and is set during the nearly two decade long span between Episodes III and IV of the Star Wars films. As fans may know, this is a period that has never been seen on film, of any kind. The Empire is firmly closing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the few remaining Jedi’s as a fledgling rebellion is beginning to form. Other than that, details are slim.

Writer and producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes) is serving as executive producer on the new series and will also direct the first episode. Dave Filoni, who also served as supervising director on Clone Wars, and Greg Weisman (Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man) will also serve as executive producers. No casting has been announced, but we can expect that to come soon. The first public look at Star Wars: Rebels will occur Star Wars Celebration Europe, set for July 26-28 in Messe Essen, Germany. In the mean time, you can check out the video below for a look at the progression on the project.

So, Star Wars fans, is this something you’ll be looking forward to? I like the fact that they are shooting for a time period we haven’t seen before, as it should offer up some new characters and fill in some holes. It will be interesting to see if the upcoming Episode VII will have any tie-ins to this series.

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Source : Deadline