Say hello to the Inquisitor.
“Star Wars Rebels” executive producer Dave Filoni introduced the first new character from the upcoming animated series in a video appearance at New York Comic Con on Saturday, and he’s quite the fearsome-looking foe. But the image of the villain isn’t the only new artwork available from the show that is set to pick up the “Star Wars” animated mantle from “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” which aired on Cartoon Network but was canceled earlier this year.
Hero Complex is pleased to debut an exclusive piece of concept art featuring some spacecraft that will look familiar to any fan. Check it out below.
Set 14 years after “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith,” “Star Wars Rebels” will center on a core group of characters — with the Inquisitor serving as a major villain tasked by Darth Vader to track down the final remaining Jedi Knights.
Hero Complex chatted with Filoni before NYCC to learn more about what fans should expect from “Star Wars Rebels,” which will premiere on Disney Channel in the fall of 2014 before airing regularly on Disney XD. And he also shared some “Clone Wars” details too.
Hero Complex: Fans were really disappointed by the cancellation of “Clone Wars.” Will there be any wrapping up of storylines in “Rebels” or are you wiping the story slate clean?
Dave Filoni: The good news is there are several episodes of “Clone Wars” the fans have yet to see. I’ve finalized the remaining episodes and I think they will really please the diehard “Clone Wars” fans, especially the story arc with Master Yoda — that one is critical to the bigger picture. “Star Wars Rebels” will be its own series with its own characters. That’s not to say characters from other “Star Wars” media couldn’t make an appearance in the series, but “Rebels” will be distinctive for its own new characters and relationships.
HC: You’ve talked about how closely George Lucas was involved in the creative process on “Clone Wars.” How has that changed now that he’s sold Lucasfilm to Disney?
DF: George is a one-of-a-kind creator; I did my best over the years I worked with him to digest as much knowledge about how to make a “Star Wars” film as I possibly could. Each episode of “The Clone Wars” was like a test, and I think as we went along my crew and I got better at passing the test. Now there is a group of us that work on things; we all know that one person could never replace George; rather we have a creative council that discusses the ways of the Force.
HC: “Clone Wars” told a story on a very broad canvas with a large number of characters acting as the leads. Will that approach continue with “Rebels” or will there be a core group featured in every episode?
DF: “Rebels” will be different from “The Clone Wars” in a couple ways, and one is the decision to stick with one story and one main group of characters. We wanted fans to get to know the new characters and what they are fighting for. Each episode has its own unique story, while still fitting into the much larger picture of what is going on in the “Star Wars” universe. “Rebels” will tell the story of a group of characters, in this way it is more like the original trilogy which followed Han, Luke and Leia, where the prequels showed us the grand scale and political as well as personal.
HC: Are you operating completely independently from the feature film group or is there some measure of coordination?
DF: There is a large effort at Lucasfilm to make all the stories we are creating relate to one another and find continuity with one another. It’s one of the really exciting developments in this new era.
HC: Is the writing staff for “Rebels” coming from the live action TV drama world?
DF: We have an incredibly talented group of writers working on “Rebels”; some are names you might recognize from working previously on “Star Wars,” and I think we have a nice mix of live action and animation writers. Just looking at the executive producing level, between Simon Kinberg and Greg Wiesman we have two incredibly experienced writers from both live action and animation. Throw in my experience writing and directing with George and I think fans will be really excited when they see the results.
– Patrick Kevin Day
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