“Star Wars Rebels” has its premiere date. The new show set in the galaxy far, far away will arrive via a one-hour animated movie on Oct. 3.
“Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion” will premiere that day on Disney Channel, with the “Rebels” series launching 10 days later on Oct. 13 on Disney XD, the studio announced Tuesday.
Set about five years before the beginning of “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope,” the new animated series follows the adventures of a 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.”
Although the story will recount the formation of the Rebel Alliance, the group that Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo would eventually lead to defeat the evil Empire, at the outset of the show the organization is little more than a ragtag band of aliens and a Jedi Knight in hiding, Kanan (voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr.), who engage in minor skirmishes with Imperial agents.
“It’s the origin story of the Rebel Alliance,” executive producer Simon Kinberg told fans at San Diego’s Comic-Con International last month, comparing “Star Wars Rebels” to a story of the American Revolution. “They’re rebels who don’t imagine they’ll be part of a larger organization one day.”
The series is 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.
In addition to Prinze, the “Star Wars Rebels” voice cast includes Steve Blum, Taylor Gray, Vanessa Marshall and David Oyelowo, who will play Agent Kallus, the so-called Rebel hunter, who works for the Imperial Security Bureau and is the right-hand man to the lead bad guy, the imposing, villainous Inquisitor.
Verified users will be able to view “Spark of Rebellion” at WATCHDisneyXD.com and with the WATCH Disney XD app beginning Sept. 29; the special will arrive on DVD on Oct. 14 with special features including four “Star Wars Rebels” shorts.
– Patrick Kevin Day and Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex
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