‘Star Wars Rebels’ Animated TV Series Lines Up Voice Cast

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Franchises have their drawbacks, but we here at Screen Rant have recognized for some time now that building movie universes is the current trend in Hollywood (see: the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Fast and the Furious series, and so on). As such, one of the next logical steps is to expand to the small screen, all the more so because it’s generally acknowledged that television is enjoying something of a golden age right now; at least, in terms of cable entertainment (see: Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Homeland, etc., etc.).

Marvel Studios is testing the waters of television (in terms of the live-action MCU, that is) with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiering this week, but for Star Wars life on the small screen is nothing new. However, now that Disney owns Lucasfilm, the iconic galaxy far, far away is getting retooled – hence the Mouse House canceled Star Wars: The Clone Wars – for a new generation of movie/TV fans, starting with the new computer-animated TV series Star Wars Rebels (premiering in 2014) and followed by Star Wars: Episode VII hitting theaters in 2015.

THR is reporting that Lucasfilm Animation/Disney is currently lining up a voice cast for Star Wars Rebels, with the list of people who are currently in negotiations including Davis Oyelowo (Lee Daniels’ The Butler) and Freddie Prinze Jr. (24), as well as cartoon voice actor Steven Jay Blum (Transformers Prime) and voice actress Vanessa Marshall (The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Young Justice), and lesser-known actor Taylor Gray (Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures).

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David Oyelowo in ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’

Oyelowo, as it were, is rumored to have auditioned for a role in Episode VII. Could it be that Disney and Lucasfilm want to collaborate with the acclaimed actor, yet his increasingly demanding work schedule (he’ll next costar in Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi film Interstellar) forced him to negotiate for a less-time-consuming role in Star Wars Rebels instead of Episode VII? Or it is possible that Oyelowo’s in negotiations for both projects (or, alternatively, one of the film spinoffs?).

The former of the two potential scenario seems to be the more likely, if only because Rebels is going to take place during the 10-20 years that separate Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV – A New Hope – and thus, probably won’t focus so much on characters who will be important to the new movie trilogy. On the other hand, if Disney /Lucasfilm want to establish stronger ties between the Star Wars TV and movie universes, then featuring a new player addition who’s in both (e.g. Oyelowo) could be one way to accomplish that end.

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Star Wars Rebels is being executive produced by Dave Filoni – the former supervising director on Star Wars: The Clone Wars – in addition to Greg Weisman (creator of Disney’s animated Gargoyles TV series from the 1990s) and Simon Kinberg, who is consulting on Episode VII and writing one of the origin story Star Wars spinoffs. Kinberg, one assumes, may also be involved with threading more connections between the new Star Wars TV show and movie universes.

Not to mention, since most of the main players on Rebels are reported to be ordinary teenagers, there is the slight chance that one (or more) of them could appear in either the spinoffs and/or Episode VII-IX in older form (a la Luke/Leia Skywalker and Han Solo in Episode VIIand beyond?). Be sure and let us know if you think that sounds like a reasonable guess and/or a good plan for tying together the Star Wars universe (as portrayed in the film/TV mediums) hereon out.


Star Wars Rebels will premiere on Disney XD in Fall 2014.

Source: THR

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  1. I wonder if Disney would consider having Starkiller as a background character. Anyway i have preferred the clne wars had proper ending, possibly leading to palpatines ” kidnapping”.

    • that was done by the original 2D animation series though. Star Wars: Clone Wars (notice the absence of the ‘The’). Although is that even canon now?

    • I would love to see a whole movie centered on Starkiller. That character was badass and would have made a fantastic movie.

  2. I wish Clone wars would have had a decent ending also to tie up the loose ends. but im interested in Rebels. I hope they have Darth Vader hunting down jedi that escaped.

    • Actually they finished up the story arc with the episodes of season 6 called Bonus content in the season 5 of star wars. Too bad they didn’t do the mystery of Sifo Dyas’s secret mission which he never came back from and he was the one who knew that Order 66 was going to happen.

  3. “main players on Rebels are reported to be ordinary teenagers”

    God,is it getting to that already ?

    And agree with previous comments,Clone wars cancellation was a mean thing to do Disney !But of course you give a sh.. about what your audience thinks !

  4. Oh Yea ordinary teenagers. My interest just faded away. When i see star wars i want to see jedi or sith not Star wars 90210

  5. Teenagers? Hasn’t the franchised been raped enough by gimmicks and marketing ploys? Why were IV and V great films? Because when they made them, they thought, “Hmmm… what would be a fantastic story?”

    Since then, it’s been, “Hmmm… I wonder how we can sell it to __(fill in the blank)__ demographics?”

    • since you dont like it it has to be good fans are tasteless reatards

  6. Bad enough they ended The Clone Wars animated series by throwing canon out the window now Disney is focusing on teens. Hello!!!!!!!! The money and majority audience is the older crowd not the younglings. Maybe Cartman should have let the Chinese take the rights to Star Wars.

    • You may be wrong, Star Wars is VERY popular among the kids right now.

    • I would also assume that Disney is well aware of who their target audiences are. Maybe they plan to have different things for different audiences. Maybe this show will be for kids (honestly, most animated stuff IS meant for kids), and the movies for adults. Only Disney execs know.

    • sorry star wars is a kids property it shouldent even think of fans the tgeneral audience are important