A new Star Wars animated series from the man behind The Clone Wars, Dave Filoni, is on the way. Star Wars Rebels will be set between Episodes III and IV and will launch on the Disney Channel with a one-hour premiere in Fall 2014, with the series continuing on Disney XD afterward. In addition to Filoni, Rebels will be executive produced by Greg Weisman, of Gargoyles, The Spectacular Spider-Man, and Young Justice fame, and Simon Kinberg, who is currently working on future Star Wars films.
While specific details of the show other than the time period are being kept close to the vest at the moment, there is a lot here to be excited about, especially if you’re a fan of The Clone Wars. Disney has made an excellent move installing Dave Filoni as the showrunner of this new series. He completely understands Star Wars and grew The Clone Wars into an increasingly excellent show, both in story and animation. Having Weisman and Kinberg as part of the leadership team will only help make this show even stronger.
The fact that this new animated series is set between Episodes III and IV should help ease the fear some fans had that Disney wouldn’t go to any dark places with a new show. Rebels is set in the Dark Times, when the Empire is eliminating the few remaining Jedi and beginning to enforce its power across the galaxy. Being set in a time so close to The Clone Wars also could allow Filoni to continue some of the themes that show had begun to touch on as it moved closer to Revenge of the Sith. There’s even a chance that Rebels could have appearances from Ahsoka Tano and Darth Maul, two big characters who are left with dangling stories at the moment.
While footage of Rebels won’t be seen until Celebration Europe this summer, Pablo Hidalgo of Lucasfilm did a brief interview with Filoni and a few others involved in the show that you can check out below.