‘Star Wars Rebels’ teasers offer glimpse at new animated series

Feb. 17, 2014 | 7:06 a.m.

The roll out for the upcoming animated series “Star Wars Rebels” has been ramping up, and two new teasers released Monday morning showcase new footage for the show.

Set 14 years after “Revenge of the Sith” and four years prior to the events of “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope,” “Star Wars Rebels” will center on a core group of characters — with the Inquisitor serving as a major new villain tasked by Darth Vader with tracking down the remaining Jedi Knights. One of those former Jedi is Kanan (voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr.) — the character, pictured in the gallery above, has been described as a “cowboy Jedi” who has gone into hiding and no longer uses his light saber for fear of being discovered, though, as the series rolls out, Kanan just might find his way back toward the way of nobility and light.

A new droid, Chopper, also will be a regular character on the show, as will Ezra, a 14-year-old con artist and seemingly reluctant hero voiced by Taylor Gray.

“Star Wars Rebels,” which is set to premiere in the fall on the Disney Channel but will air regularly on Disney XD, picks up the animated mantle from “The Clone Wars,” which aired on Cartoon Network but was canceled last year.

The Inquisitor is the new bad guy from the animated series "Star Wars Rebels." (Lucasfilm).

The Inquisitor is the new bad guy from the animated series “Star Wars Rebels.” (Lucasfilm).

Last week, word came that Netflix will make available the entirety of “The Clone Wars’” first five seasons, including several director’s-cut episodes not previously seen on television, in addition to the “Clone Wars” feature film and the show’s 13 final episodes, dubbed “The Lost Season,” for subscribers in the U.S. and Canada beginning March 7.

“The Lost Season” follows a rift in the Force caused by Ahsoka Tano’s departure from the Jedi Order and the growing menace of Sith Lords and apprentices throughout the galaxy. In an interview with Hero Complex last fall, executive producer Dave Filoni  teased that the final set of episodes would “really please the diehard ‘Clone Wars’ fans, especially the story arc with Master Yoda.”

“That one is critical to the bigger picture,” Filoni said.

Of the differences between the two series, Filoni said last year: “’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.”

– Gina McIntyre and Patrick Kevin Day

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