‘Star Wars Rebels’ Character Video: Meet Agent Kallus

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Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels animated TV series will be the first canon installment in the Disney/Lucasfilm era of Star Wars, so it’ll be interesting to see how much the show does (or does not) connect to the upcoming Episode VII film installment. There are already rumors circulating about how one of Rebels‘ villains, The Inquisitor, might be linked to certain baddies in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars movie. We can discard some of those claims, now that we know for certain who David Oyelowo is playing in the Star Wars universe.

Oyelowo, as the video above reveals, is lending his voice to Agent Kallus, a member of the Imperial Security Bureau – a group that Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni describes as being a militaristic FBI-type organization, though it sounds closer to being the Empire’s version of the Gestapo, more than anything. In an equally intriguing twist, we learn here that Kallus will be actively involved with hunting down and trying to capture/kill the show’s heroes - as opposed to, commanding Stormtroopers from afar, as most Imperial officers tend to do.

Filoni told Hero Complex that Oyelowo was actually considered for “several different parts” on Rebels, which helps explain some of the previous confusion about what role in the Star Wars universe he’s been recruited for. Oyelowo has continued to gain admirers and respect as an actor, thanks to his performances in such recent films as Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Jack Reacher, and The Butler; he’ll be appearing in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and playing Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, later this year.

Which is to say: we would’ve preferred to see Oyelowo appear in a live-action Star Wars film – maybe we still will one day (probably not, though) - but for now, we’ll take him as the 3D animated “Rebel Hunter” Kallus, ’70s inspired mutton chops and all (see below).

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The Star Wars Rebels series is clearly intended foremost to be viewed by a younger audience – as evidenced by the kid-friendly protagonists and the approachable nature of the show for non-adults in general. At the same time, though, there have been elements and characters (like Kallus) teased in the marketing buildup to the series’ premiere that suggest Rebels could also address more adult issues and story material, at the same time as providing whiz-bang fun for the juice box crowd.

Indeed, the animated Clone Wars TV series (another show that Filoni worked on) was able to manage just that, over the course of its run – without pushing away kids at the same time. Studios such as Pixar and DreamWorks have also shown that it is possible to tell good, complex, stories that fans young and old can appreciate – something that the best Star Wars tales have done in the past, too.

Star Wars Rebels will premiere on Disney XD with a one-hour special in Fall 2014.

Source: Hero Complex

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  1. The last season of Clone Wars was a mess and Lucas showed that he couldn’t care less. When you let one of your children handle some of the episodes which did not improve the quality of the show, then you know something wrong is going on.

    I wouldn’t have given a chance to this show. More of the same cheesy crap.

  2. Yeah i really dont have any hope for this show it looks suuuuuper cheesy and the characters are really lame. I mean a slingshot using kid and a grafffiti artist? This show couldve had such potential but iinstead it will be a cheesy show meant for toddlers. The billain looks cool and looking at the conceot art they shiukdbe kept him bkue in color nut again show looks too cheesy

  3. After watching all of The Clone Wars on Netflix because of the Podcast chats about it I’m convinced this show will be bad-ass. But check how many people peg this as kiddie and childish without ever have seen any of The Clone Wars past the first season. It’s a killer show and it’s the same people at the helm Oh yes. I cannot wait.

  4. Yeah the last season of Clone Wars was ridiculous… It makes me sad that it is considered cannon and the Thrawn books, Dark Empire are not… They need to just scrub everything except the original trilogy and reboot…

  5. Cheesy Crap at its best! Don’t tell me any of you had a good time when Lucas said The Clone Wars was over when it had so many loose ends. What the heck happened to Ahsoka? Ventress was supposed to leave the Sith and the Jedi behind, Lucas didn’t show that!

    If you accept to be given endings like that, then the blame is not on Lucas but you.

  6. “People aren’t expecting an imperial officer to be this much of a physical threat.”

    That line scares me. It makes it sound like the empire is going to be a bunch of push overs against a few kids. I guess that’s what the original trilogy was all about.

    Shoot, I think I’m gonna jump off the Star Wars bandwagon altogether. Seems like all this is turning into too much of a kids show.

  7. Guys, the original Star Wars wasn’t some Shindler’s List drama. It was very cheesy, and pretty ridiculous at times. But it was a lot of fun! That’s the tone they’re going for in this show. Obviously I can’t say if it will be good or not because I haven’t seen it yet! I’m going to give this show a chance. I know Star wars has had some darker, more adult oriented stories. And I can’t wait to see some of those stories brought to life! But this show will be set just before the original star wars, so this is the tone they should be going for.

  8. KMN!

  9. Welcome back to the Lucasfilm family David Oyelowo.

  10. Why in the world is THIS the thing being declared the new canon? They aggressively declare other stuff is non-canon, even though anybody who cared probably already knew it was, and then with a clean slate they offer up this kiddie fluff? Right when the franchise has a chance to wash away the bad taste of kid-oriented embarrassment and win back the adults who are completely turned off by this trend, they double down on the cartoons. Considering we were told years ago there would be as many as three adult-oriented, live action Star Wars shows out by now, as well as a handful of now-cancelled, adult-oriented games, they are really failing to serve a large part of their audience. They are also kinda giving us the finger. Again. Sure great to know that no matter how bad this show is, it’s all totally “official”, and almost nothing else is. Somebody needs a swift kick in the ass. Maybe it’s the mouse; I don’t know. Being an adult Star Wars fan is almost exclusively depressing so far this millennium. Hopefully the films and games ahead will change that trend.

  11. Most people that watched The Clone Wars all the way through should know better than to be utterly dismissive of this.

    Sure, it’s going to have some childish parts, just like every Star Wars movie previously.

    Go watch all the promo materials for this show. They are strongly tying it to Ralph McQuarrie’s art, John Williams’s music, and Gilbert Taylor’s cinematography.

    It’s actually sort of sad to see Star Wars fans acting so dismissive. It reminds me of Red Foreman talking about Star Wars in That 70s show “Oh, would you stop! Luke Skywalker this, Luke Skywalker that. I’m sick of hearing about that little fruit.”