Star Wars Rebels, which will take place between the two Star Wars trilogies, will premiere with a one-hour special on Disney Channel this fall before moving to Disney's more action-centered network Disney XD.
So what can fans expect? It would seem like they can look forward to fun character moments, serious discussion about Empire politics and, of course, some droid hijinks.
The cast of characters for Star Wars Rebels are slowly being revealed to the public with a few character trailers just released. One of the characters being introduced is Chopper, a cantankerous old droid made from all types of spare parts. Chopper really doesn’t care much in the way of the human struggle present before him; he’s really only about himself. But in the end, he still saves the day.
There is also Kanan (voiced by Freddie Prinze, Jr.), the show’s renegade “Cowboy Jedi.” Kanan was a Jedi in another life, but after Order 66 destroyed the Jedi way of life, Kanan’s been forced underground, having to hide his true powers from the Empire. He’s currently the leader of our motley crew while facing the demons of his past.
Naturally, with Kanan, there always needs to be a Han Solo-type for it to feel like a Star Wars story. What we hadn’t had up until now, though, was our Luke Skywalker-type, our young hero. Now we have him: Ezra.
Ezra, voiced by Taylor Gray from Nickelodeon’s Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures, is a young boy who has had to learn how to fend for himself on Lothal, an Outer Rim planet, according to supervising director Dave Filoni. He’s unaware that some of his abilities stem from using the Force. However, he comes to realize the nature of his true power once he comes under the tutelage (of sorts) of Kanan.
Ezra’s feelings about the Empire come up during the series. “With Ezra, we see how a kid is reacting to imperial rule,” Filoni said to TV Guide Magazine. “That becomes a big question: What is imperial rule like? We’ve seen it in the movies with a big rebellion that ends up blowing up the Death Star, but do we just assume that when the Empire took over in Revenge of the Sith it was seen as a bad thing? I would challenge that. It wasn’t this terrible thing that came in and was cruel to everyone all at once. It was slow to build its power base and spread out, and then we get to see the Rebel Alliance it affects, and the repercussions of that tyranny.”
Ezra doesn’t mind hitting the Empire where it hurts, but eventually, he realizes the full scope of what the Empire and the rebellion capable of, leading him towards the path of becoming a Jedi Knight.
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