This will be a great news for Star Wars fans, indeed. If you haven’t heard yet, Lucasfilm has officially announced the new Star Wars animated series, which will be replacing The Clone Wars and be called Star Wars Rebels
The series is scheduled to premiere – you’ve guessed it, on Disney Channel – in the fall of 2014, so we have somewhat over a year to prepare. As for what the story will be about, this is what they have revealed so far:
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.”
This could be a great series, even more because we’ve been dying for something like this for a long time! Even though it’s not confirmed, it’s safe to assume that Darth Vader is going to be the main villain in the story, and that’s awesome! I really loved The Clone Wars, and I felt let down a bit when I’ve heard that there will be no more. I hope they will make it up for that with this new series – I expect it to be just as good or even better, or else!
It was also revealed that Simon Kinberg
will write the first episode which is being produced by Dave Filoni and Greg Weisman. Here’s the full press release:
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 of 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 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 StarWars.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/starwarsrebels.
You can also check out the announcement video:
Are you happy with this announcement? Looking forward to the series, or are you fed up with Star Wars?