‘Star Wars Rebels’ animated TV series renewed for second season

Oct. 02, 2014 | 1:25 p.m.

“Star Wars Rebels” is getting a second season, Disney announced Thursday, the day before the cartoon’s first season premiere.

Disney XD has ordered a second season of the new animated series, which has been praised by critics as well as fans who saw a debut screening at San Diego’s Comic-Con International in July or who caught early screenings on digital platforms.

“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.”

“Star Wars Rebels” is meant to be the origin story of the Rebel Alliance — the group that Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo would eventually lead to defeat the evil Empire. Set about five years before the beginning of “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope,” the animated series follows the adventures of a ragtag group of heroes desperately trying to combat the all-consuming might of the Empire, the fascistic government risen from the ashes of the Old Republic in “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.”

Overseen by supervising director and executive producer Dave Filoni, whose work on “The Clone Wars” has made him well known in “Star Wars” fan circles, “Rebels” kicks off Friday with a one-hour animated movie, “Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion,” which will be re-aired Monday before the series begins Oct. 13.

The series is also executive produced by Simon Kinberg and supervising writer Henry Gilroy.

Check out the gallery above for a preview of “Star Wars Rebels.”

— Noelene Clark and Patrick Kevin Day | @LATHeroComplex

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