Star Wars Rebels animated series, coming Fall 2014

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Earlier this year, Disney dropped a bombshell on Clone Wars fans when they cancelled the animated television series that aired on Cartoon Network.

Now, StarWars.com has announced the follow-up animated show that’s going to take it’s place: Star Wars Rebels.

Taking place between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope, the show is going to cover one of the previously untouched eras in the Star Wars universe. According to starwars.com, “Rebels takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape.”

The news is welcome, and has been anticipated recently; earlier this month, executive producer Dave Filoni released a picture of a TIE fighter on his Twitter feed, which fueled speculation.

Pablo Hidalgo hosts a short introductory video that announces the project:

The Clone Wars was at times a surprisingly good addition to the film franchise, and it’ll be interesting to see what happens with this new one. What’s particularly cool to see is that the team will be taking cues from Ralph McQuarrie’s concept artwork, which is utterly fantastic in and of itself. The show is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2014. Attendees of Star Wars Celebration Europe this fall will have an opportunity to see early glimpse of the series.

Read the official press release from Disney Lucasfilm below:

REBELS
NEW STAR WARSTM ANIMATED TELEVISION SERIES
BEGINS PRODUCTION FOR 2014 PREMIERE
ON DISNEY XD CHANNELS AROUND THE WORLD

–Special Event Telecast to First Air on Disney Channel –

Production has begun on Star Wars Rebels, an exciting, all-new animated television series based on one of the greatest entertainment franchises of all time. Scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, it will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.

Leading the development of the series is a creative team of exceptional talent. Screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is an executive producer on Star Wars Rebels and will write the premiere episode. He is joined by Dave Filoni as executive producer, who served as supervising director of the ®Emmy nominated Star Wars: The Clone Wars since 2008. Executive producer Greg Weisman brings with him a wealth of animation experience with credits such as Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Gargoyles.

Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, “The entire team at Lucasfilm has provided extraordinary creativity and innovation for over three decades, and we’re thrilled to be bringing the expansive and imaginative world of Star Wars to Disney XD’s viewers.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to explore new corners of the Star Wars universe,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president, Lucasfilm. “I think Star Wars Rebels will capture the look, feel and fun that both kids and their parents love about Star Wars.”

The action-filled series is set between the events of Episode III and IV – an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen. Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape. Details about the show are a closely guarded secret at this point.

Star Wars Rebels will be produced by Lucasfilm Animation, featuring many of the key talents that made Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Fans attending Star Wars Celebration Europe (http://www.starwarscelebration.eu/) will be the first to get an exclusive look at the new series. Casting will be announced at a later date. More information about this developing project will be found on www.StarWars.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/starwarsrebels.

Image: Lucasfilm – 20th Century Fox

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