Darth Vader to cameo on ‘Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion’ on ABC

Oct. 09, 2014 | 11:23 a.m.

“Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion,” the one-hour animated film that launched the new Disney XD series, is coming to ABC — with a special appearance from a certain well-known Dark Lord of the Sith.

Iconic villain Darth Vader, once again voiced by actor James Earl Jones, will make a cameo in the extended version of the movie, which is set to air Oct. 26 on ABC.

“Spark of Rebellion” premiered Oct. 3 on Disney Channel, though “Star Wars Rebels” is set for a regular run on Disney XD.

“We wanted to do something special for the ABC broadcast,” “Rebels” executive producer Dave Filoni said in a statement. “We’ve added a scene which gives audiences insight into [the show’s villain] the Inquisitor and includes a cameo by Darth Vader.”

Set in the time period just before the original 1977 “Star Wars,” (later retitled “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope”), the new series was watched by 2.7 million viewers in its premieres on Disney Channel and Disney XD. It follows Ezra (Taylor Gray), a teenage thief on a planet ruled by the Empire who stumbles onto the nascent Rebel Alliance.

The rebels include Kanan, voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr., a Jedi knight on the run and in hiding; Zeb, a tall alien voiced by Steven Blum that’s based on artist Ralph McQuarrie’s original designs for Chewbacca; Sabine, a Mandalorian weapons expert played by Tiya Sircar; and Hera, the pilot and mother figure of the group voiced by Vanessa Marshall.

Last week, one day before the cartoon’s first season premiere, Disney announced the show would get a second season.

“The fan response to the show has been amazing, humbling and inspiring,” Lucasfilm’s vice president of creative development, Kiri Hart, said in a news release. “We’re looking forward to the adventure ahead.”

Check out the gallery above for a look at “Star Wars Rebels.”

— Gina McIntyre and Patrick Kevin Day | @LATHeroComplex

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