Star Wars Rebels will bridge the gap between Episodes III and IV, as the Galactic Empire, led by Darth Vader and his ruthless master, Emperor Palpatine, look to tighten their grip on a galaxy in turmoil. The “Order 66′ attempt to wipe out the entirety of the Jedi Order did not fully come to fruition, as we are introduced to a new Jedi named Kanan, who will be voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr.

Prinze Jr. in no stranger to the world of science fiction, especially space operas. While his role in the disastrous 1999 adaptation of Wing Commander as Lt. Christopher Blair may not have won him any fans, Prinze surely regained his sci-fi bravado with his voice-over work as Lt. James Vega in Bioware’s Mass Effect 3. The talented and handsome actor proved that given the right material, he possesses talents far beyond his looks and charm.

Avatar: The Last Airbender and Clone Wars alum Dave Filoni has the talent to give Prinze the quality material he needs to succeed. Filoni, alongside talented writer and producer Greg Weisman (Gargoyles, Young Justice), knows how to build new and exciting worlds with characters that viewers can come to care about.

At first glance, Kanan comes across as a Han Solo-like figure, who has Jedi abilities as well as a cool looking lightsaber. In the production video, Filoni describes him as a “cowboy-Jedi,” who is forced to forgo the ways of the Jedi in order to blend in with a post-Order 66 society.

Exploring the gap between the two Star Wars film franchises could be a very exciting prospect. Books and other forms of media have ventured into this tumultuous period, but never a large production series that we’ll be able to watch on a week-to-week basis.

The era bridging Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope is nearly two decades long, so Filoni and Weisman should have plenty of room to create a plethora of new adventures for Star Wars fans to enjoy. Do you have any hopes or fears as we enter into this new age of a Disney/Lucasfilm collaboration?

Star Wars Rebels premieres this fall on Disney XD.

Source: USA Today