The Hollywood Reporter has an exclusive first look at Sabine, the latest cast member to be introduced from Star Wars Rebels, the upcoming CGI animated series set between Episodes III and IV of the Star Wars movie series.
Sabine is a Mandalorian expert in weapons and explosives, described as “sassy,” “spunky,” “feisty” and with “a little bit of attitude,” and who moonlights as a graffiti artist. Show crew member Joel Aron (CG Supervisor – Lighting & VFX) adds that she is distinctive for being “expressively creative through art.” She is voiced by Tiya Sircar.
Star Wars Rebels is slated to have a one-hour premiere on the Disney Channel this fall before moving to Disney XD.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly cited Executive Producer Dave Filoni as stating Sabine was “expressively creative through art” rather than Joel Aron.
UPDATED February 20, 2014: The full press release from Disney is included below, and their official video is embedded above:
Meet Sabine, the no-nonsense heroine, from Star Wars Rebels
Sabine is a key member of the Ghost crew in Star Wars Rebels. As seen in this special video, featuring early design concepts, animation tests, and final art, Sabine is unlike any Star Wars character – especially in her love for blowing things up and tagging her work with graffiti.
Dave Filoni, executive producer of the animated series, discloses that Sabine is a Mandalorian. She has a great understanding of weapons and combat like few others, and has turned against the Empire. “She is spunky, she’s feisty, she’s got a little bit of attitude,” says actress Tiya Sircar, who is voicing the character. Additionally, Sabine is an artist, which is reflected in her hair, personalized armor, and graffiti calling cards. After the Ghost crew hits the Empire, Sabine makes sure the Empire knows who did it. Concept artist Amy Beth Christenson says that the Star Wars Rebels animation team has created a library of graffiti tags for Sabine, and is constantly adding to it.
In the end, Sabine is a strong, no-nonsense heroine. As Sircar says, “I think she’s kind of an inspiration.”
Star Wars Rebels is scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel and will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.