Star Wars Rebels - the upcoming Disney XD animated series - takes place during the reign of Emperor Palpatine between Episode III (Revenge of the Sith) and Episode IV (A New Hope) of the live-action Star Wars movie trilogies. Disney and Lucasfilm have released a collection of 3-minute clips that introduce the main heroes on the show - and the fourth (and final) one, titled "Not What You Think", is now online. You can watch it, above.
Ezra Bridger (voiced by Taylor Gray) steps into the spotlight for the newest Star Wars Rebels clip; part Luke Skywalker, part Disney's Aladdin, the character is poised to serve as the series' protagonist. As illustrated by the clip above, Ezra has a distinct independent streak; he might have little love for the Galactic Empire, but he starts out the series as someone who's less concerned about overthrowing the fascist Imperial regime - and more interested in assuring his own survival. (Something that Ezra's untrained Force potentials helps with, when he dodges the downed TIE fighter's laser blasts.)
By comparison, the other main characters on Star Wars Rebels - crew members of the spaceship Ghost - are a bit more noble-minded in their intentions than Ezra; early impressions suggest they're the Star Wars universe's answer to other motley crews of space-adventuring anti-heroes from past films and TV shows (see: Guardians of the Galaxy, Firefly). Naturally, when Ezra crosses paths with them for the first time, there's friction between them; soon enough, though, they put aside their differences and join forces to fight back against their common enemy.
In case you missed them, here are the previously-released Star Wars Rebels 3-minute shorts:
The Star Wars Rebels TV show was created by Dave Filoni (supervising director on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series), Lucasfilm Director of Creative Content Strategy Carrie Beck, and Simon Kinberg (screenwriter of X-Men: Days of Future Past). The show also features Greg Weisman (Young Justice, Gargoyles) serving as an executive producer, and it will be the launching point for an organized Star Wars multimedia universe under Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's joint watch.
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Star Wars Rebels premieres with the one-hour special "Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion" on Disney XD on October 3rd, 2014 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. It begins its regular series run a week and a half later on October 13th (also at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Disney XD).