As Disney takes command of the Star Wars brand, we're going to see the brand changing and growing in significant ways - headlined by Episode VII's release in 2015. However, new endeavors also apply to the animated front, where Disney XD will launch the new animated series Star Wars Rebels in 2014.
The show will take place between Episodes III and IV, exploring how the rebel alliance grew from the ashes of the Sith-led coup that destroyed the senate and Jedi Order in one fell swoop. New teasers - appropriately titled "Spark" and "Ignite" introduce this 'flicker of hope in the darkness' premise to the show; we also have new details on some of the show's characters.
First Check out the teasers "Spark" (above) and "Ignite" (below):
So far, we've known that Rebels will revolve around a "cowboy Jedi" named Kanan (voice of Freddie Prinze Jr.,). Kanan is Jedi trained, but abandoned the ways of the order falling the fall of the Jedi, adopting more of a smuggler/bounty hunter identity to blend in and survive in the Empire. That was already an interesting staring point for a Star Wars story, but it's not all we're getting.
In the featurette above we meet "Ezra" (voice of Taylor Gray) a street-smart young thief from the planet Lothal who has a mysterious control of a power he doesn't realize is The Force. When Ezra meets Kanan, the pair bond over their quasi-Jedi natures, and from there it's off for some hopefully thrilling galactic adventures.
Also along for the ride will be Chopper, the droid that accompanies Kanan and Ezra - learn all about him in the video above.
Hunting down the last of the Jedi in the universe will be a Sith known as The Inquisitor - and thanks to revelations of Toy Fair 2014 in NYC this past weekend, we now know that like Darth Maul, the Inquisitor's "Lightsaber lance" weapon will also be able to split into two.
NEW REBELS REVEALED
During Toy Fair 2014 in NYC we got even more details on the Star Wars Rebels character lineup. Two more heroes were introduced at the event: a yet-to-be-named female character who sports Mandalorian armor in the style of Boba Fett - and Zeb, an alien character who is actually based off the original designs for Chewbacca, done by legendary Star Wars OT conceptual designer, Ralph McQuarrie.
You can see both characters fighting for the good guys alongside Chopper in the image above. (Our conversations with the toy makers also confirmed that both Zeb and lady-Boba are indeed on the side of the Rebels.) While further details on both Zeb and the female Mandalorian are currently scarce, we expect them to get their own featurette video introductions very soon. Check back for UPDATES.
Star Wars Rebels will premiere on Disney XD in Fall 2014.
Sources: Star Wars YouTube