Lucasfilm has announced that production has begun on a new Star Wars animated series called Star Wars Rebels. The show, a production of Lucasfilm Animation, will cover events in the nearly 20-year-long gap separating Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, in the days when the Rebel Alliance comes into being as the Galactic Empire subjugates the galaxy. In fall 2014 the cartoon will premiere with a one-hour special on the Disney Channel, to be followed by a regular televised showing on Disney XD.
The creative team for Star Wars Rebels is headed up by a team of three executive producers: screenwriter & producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith), Star Wars: The Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni, and Greg Weisman (Gargoyles, Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man). Furthermore, Lucasfilm’s announcement promotes Star Wars Rebels as “…featuring many of the key talents that made Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” In a promotional video where Pablo Hidalgo speaks with Dave Filoni about Star Wars Rebels, two staff members from The Clone Wars are confirmed to be on the new series: art director Killian Plunkett and CG supervisor Joel Aron.
Star Wars Rebels will be revealed for the first time at Star Wars Celebration Europe, which will take place in Messe Essen, Germany from July 26th through July 28th.
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The full press release follows:
NEW STAR WARSTM ANIMATED TELEVISION SERIES
BEGINS PRODUCTION FOR 2014 PREMIERE
ON DISNEY XD CHANNELS AROUND THE WORLD
–Special Event Telecast to First Air on Disney Channel —
Production has begun on Star Wars Rebels, an exciting, all-new animated television series based on one of the greatest entertainment franchises of all time. Scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, it will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.
Leading the development of the series is a creative team of exceptional talent. Screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is an executive producer on Star Wars Rebels and will write the premiere episode. He is joined by Dave Filoni as executive producer, who served as supervising director of the ®Emmy nominated Star Wars: The Clone Wars since 2008. Executive producer Greg Weisman brings with him a wealth of animation experience with credits such as Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Gargoyles.
Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, “The entire team at Lucasfilm has provided extraordinary creativity and innovation for over three decades, and we’re thrilled to be bringing the expansive and imaginative world of Star Wars to Disney XD’s viewers.”
“I couldn’t be more excited to explore new corners of the Star Wars universe,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president, Lucasfilm. “I think Star Wars Rebels will capture the look, feel and fun that both kids and their parents love about Star Wars.”
The action-filled series is set between the events of Episode III and IV – an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen. Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape. Details about the show are a closely guarded secret at this point.
Star Wars Rebels will be produced by Lucasfilm Animation, featuring many of the key talents that made Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Fans attending Star Wars Celebration Europe (http://www.starwarscelebration.eu/) will be the first to get an exclusive look at the new series. Casting will be announced at a later date. More information about this developing project will be found on www.StarWars.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/starwarsrebels.