New ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Images; Trailer Arrives on Star Wars Day

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Director J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII has an official main cast at last, with possibly more important casting announcements arriving in the near future. However, before Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm usher in a new era of tales set in a galaxy far, far away on the big screen, they will begin with the next generation of Star Wars stories on the small screen via Disney XD’s animated series Star Wars Rebels.

Rebels will be the first step that Disney and Lucasfilm take in establishing a new canon for the Star Wars franchise, though it also includes elements that originated as part of the multi-platform “Expanded Universe” content released pre-Episode VII. The show takes place over the years between the events of Episode III and Episode IV, following a ragtag group of characters as they battle the growing power and influence of the Galactic Empire.

In other words, the show – which features Star Wars: The Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni and writer/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as executive producers – is, in many ways, to the Mouse House’s Star Wars universe what Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is to Disney/Marvel’s Shared universe; the obvious exception being that Rebels will take place several decades before Episode VII, whereas the S.H.I.E.L.D. timeline of events overlaps with the latest Marvel Studios film releases.

Nevertheless, besides how both shows offer a more intimate look at large-scale conflicts in their respective universes – Emperor Palpatine’s totalitarian reign in Rebels and major changes in global security on Earth in S.H.I.E.L.D., respectively – the pair also share certain tropes, with regard to character archetypes and the central premise (e.g. a family-like unit operating aboard a flying vehicle). You can check out new images of the Rebels crew – along with some familiar enemies – in the images posted below, courtesy of USA Today (click image to enlarge):

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Rebels‘ cast of characters includes Jedi-turned “Jedi cowboy” Kanan (voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr.), Mandalorian explosives expert/artist Sabine (Tiya Sircar), young con artist Ezra (Taylor Gray), smart-but-thuggish Zeb (Steve Blum), maternal Twi’lek pilot Hera (Vanessa Marshall), and the grumpy astromech dried Chopper.

As you can see from the images featured above, the characters and world designs in Rebels are something of a departure from those featured in Clone Wars; Kinberg previously described it as being a return to the visual template of Ralph McQuarrie (the conceptual artist on Episodes IV-VI), where everything is “a little more figurative, more of a feel of being drawn, less computer-generated.”

We’ll find out how these elements look in motion soon enough, as the full-length Star Wars Rebels trailer is the “big event” that’s been teased (or, at the least, one of the big Star Wars-related events) for happening this upcoming Sunday, May 4th (a.k.a. Star Wars Day). The Rebels preview will premiere online early in the morning at 3:01 a.m. ET/12:01 PT, before it airs during Disney XD’s LEGO animated special Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles later that night at 7 ET.

Be sure and check back on Screen Rant on Star Wars Day, for the full Star Wars Rebels trailer (along with our customary breakdown and further analysis of the footage).

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Star Wars Rebels is expected to begin airing on Disney XD by Fall 2014.

Source: USA Today

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  1. Is this really the big event or announcement they mentioned? I imagined something bigger.

  2. Why can’t they just have Vader as the main villain, instead of inventing someone totally new, therefore circumventing the Sith rule of two?

    • Yeah, because THAT is creative. Let’s just have Vader be the villain. It’s not like we didn’t get that for three-and-a-half movies. Oh wait, we did.

      • the voice actor for vader is resting now as in ( R.I.P )

        • Ummmm, James Earl Jones (The Voice of Darth Vador) is very much alive.

  3. The slingshot thing looks lame, the storm trooper’s helmets look like bubbles and the fact that their is a Jedi while Luke and Leia were in the rebellion is messed up.

    • but it must be a Jedi, can`t you see his lifeless, dead eyes, stripped of all human emotions?! just like Lucas envisioned it :D

    • Yeah, the slingshot is really reaching.

    • Rebels will happen at least ten years before Ep4. That means Luke is not a Jedi yet during these events. No rule was broken and canon still stands. Relax

      • I know that it technically doesn’t effect the stories but it makes Luke, Leia, Obi-Wan and Yoda’s survival feel like it wasn’t really much of a struggle to survive. I mean it’s like order 66 didn’t really have much of an impact on the Jedi.

        • Yoda and Obi-wan went into hiding while luke was an infant while the purge happened. As for Kanan, my guess is that he was a youngling at the temple when Anakin destroyed it in Ep3. He managed to escape and kept his powers secret while growing up. Quite possible to live through order 66 under those circumstances. After having seen the preview of Rebels, they showed kanan using a blaster instead of a saber. Proving that he was keeping the force secret until he had no choice but to reveal it to the Empire

    • I completely agree with your thought about the slingshot. As soon as I saw that, I immediately thought, “OK, is that dude a young teenager?” A slingshot?!?! Come on.

      • Yeah, whats wrong with giving him a blaster? I think Disney is being a little too concerned, with the weapons. I mean a majority of the kids who watch this are going to have seen the Star Wars movies already. Luke, Leia and Han all have used blasters at one time or another.

    • Seriously. About that slingshot, I thought they’d finally drop that childish crap now that they don’t have to follow intrusive Cartoon Network guidelines any longer. The worst episodes of the late Clone Wars show are those which are obviously catered towards children. Hands down.

  4. This show is gonna kick ass! Can’t wait!

  5. They cancelled Clone Wars for this? It isnt like they could had the formation of the Rebel Alliance and went from there could they?

  6. Haha! What the hell is that sling shot!? I think I’ll give this a miss.

  7. I feel like computer animations like these that are directed at Tweens and teens need to look really gritty to keep them interested. The clones wars was gritty and tvPG this probably passes for tv G

  8. My thoughts exactly. Is this show the reason why Lucas let the Clone Wars die?

    It was fairly clear that season 5 was done with their feet and not their brain. The only episodes worth watching were revival & The Lawless.

    The Clone Wars left a lot of stories unfinished. Whatever happened to Asoka? What about Ventress?

    I’m not interested in watching this. It seemed as Lucas didn’t care anymore so why should I care for this new show!

  9. The slingshot is not working for me. I did not have high expectations for Rebels before, and the bits about the show that have been revealed thus far are not making things better. Hopefully I am proven wrong, because I would like nothing more than to enjoy the show once it airs.

  10. Looks like a fail to me ? The art is crappy aimed at kids garbage, I can already feel this oozing of Disney dorkyness, not Star Wars. And the slingshot “sealed the coffin” for me… lmao

    If this show tanks, are they gonna just keep it going because they have the money to do so ? I bet Disney has “toy slingshot” already designed for marketing LMAO ??? smdh

    Seriously, I would really think I would enjoy 4 solid seasons of “The Origin of Jar Jar Binks” alot more than Rebels… What do you think ?

    • Probably they would not keep it running !
      We are talking about Disney here not Lucas !
      Lucas had this attitude of do not care Ratings I do my thing,and that was good !
      Disney is all market driven,and by looking at those shots up there…it’s jus sad we have to give up Clone Wars for that !

      I hope I am wrong but this looks really like Kids written all over it !
      Clone Wars was pretty mature at places and really brutal !

      Season 6 on netflix was really awesome,and the Yoda Story arc was just amazing !

      Then we had the Star Wars Live TV show in the works with over 50 hours of scripts done..wow ! Lucas described it as Deadwood meets Sopranos in Space !
      Mature and Dark ! I wanted to see this,but yeah..with Disney at the helm all we get to see are Slingshot Kids !

      Sad that Disney canceled all mature plans of star wars for this stuff here on display. !

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