It’s been almost two years since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in a $4 billion deal, and yet there’s still more than a year to go before fans can see the fruits of that labor with a brand new movie, Star Wars: Episode 7. Thankfully, in the meantime, the two companies have also been working on another project set within the same universe.
The Disney XD animated series Star Wars Rebels will not only bridge the gap between the prequel and original trilogies, but it will also have connections to the new trilogy that begins next year. While not much is known yet about the plot of either project, some rumors over the past few months have done a good job stoking speculation over just how the new series and upcoming film may tie together.
Taking place after the rise of the Galactic Empire but before the formation of the Rebel Alliance, the series follows a group of rebels that band together aboard a freighter starship called the Ghost to fight against the Empire. A one-hour movie already premiered on October 3, but Rebels took to New York Comic-Con this weekend to show off an exclusive new clip ahead of its series debut on October 13.
It’s safe to say, if you’re not already sold on watching Star Wars Rebels, this newest clip probably won’t do much to change your mind but for those that are already on-board, it’s another fun sneak peek. There’s more of the same ‘Hera against the TIE fighters’ action that we saw in a previous clip, along with her bad-ass cockiness on full display. On the receiving end this time is the young con-artist and pickpocket Ezra, who wants to fly the ship and we later learn can use the force.
With Rebels, Lucasfilm has created a well-rounded group of characters. Judging from other past clips, each member of the group will have their own unique talents and specialities, ranging from piloting skills and using the force to knowledge of weaponry and more. Together the motley crew of the Ghost will be instrumental in taking on the Empire and preparing the way for future events in the franchise.
And since Star Wars Rebels has already been renewed for a second season, there’s still plenty of story left to be told as we figure out how important the new series will be to Star Wars: Episode 7 and the rest of the new trilogy.
What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Are you excited about the potential connections and expanding of the franchise that Star Wars Rebels will bring? Or are you still not sold on Disney’s newest animated series?
Star Wars: Episode 7 premieres December 18, 2015 in theaters. The next episode of Star Wars Rebels airs October 13 at 9PM on Disney XD.