Before “Star Wars Episode VII” hits theaters in 2015, you’ll get to see another product of the marriage of Disney and Lucasfilm.
A new animated series called “Star Wars Rebels” is set to make its debut in the fall of 2014. As first reported by EW, the show will air its premiere on the Disney Channel before moving to Disney 😄 for its series run.
The show is set in the time between “Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope,” which should give the show lots of material to mine as the Empire consolidates power and the Rebellion begins to take shape. There’s no word yet on whether the show will follow characters “Star Wars” fans already know, introduce new ones or do some of both.
You will, however, see some familiar-looking objects. Executive producer Dave Filoni (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”) says in the video below — with drawings of TIE Fighters on the board next to him — that the show is drawing on the original trilogy, and some of the concept art produced for it, in creating the show’s visuals.
Filoni’s fellow exec producers are writer Simon Kinberg (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”) and animation veteran Greg Weisman (“Young Justice,” “Gargoyles”).
Take a look at Filoni explaining some of the ideas behind “Star Wars Rebels” below. Are you excited for the new series?