A few months ago, it was shocking to hear that Disney wanted to cancel Star Wars: The Clone Wars at the end of its fifth season. After the Mouse House’s acquisition of Lucasfilm back in October 2012, it seemed like they wanted to clear house of all existing Lucasfilm and Lucasarts properties. To fill the animation void for Star Wars fans, Disney announced there would be a new animated series called Star Wars Rebels.
No details on Star Wars Rebels is available, but the new series would take place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. As the Galactic Empire stamps out remnants of the Galactic Republic, a small group a Jedi rebels emerges to try to bring down the Empire. According to Bleeding Cool, the emerging Rebel Alliance will follow of band of teenagers.
Star Wars has always relied on a young cast of characters with Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Anakin Skywalker (Attack of the Clones), and Padmé Amidala. Even the new Star Wars: Episode VII is rumored to star teenaged twins with Jaina and Jacen Solo. It seems as if George Lucas crossed the line when he introduced lil’ Annie Skywalker in The Phantom Menace, so it’s good to see that Star Wars is getting back to teenage angst and self-doubt with its new properties.
As for Star Wars Rebels, there are some really talented people behind this new animated series. Writer and Producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class) is the Star Wars Rebels executive producer and will write the script for the series’ first episode. Dave Filoni will be back from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Producer Greg Weisman, who was responsible for Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man, and Disney’s Gargoyles, will join Star Wars Rebels too.
We will probably hear more news about Star Wars Rebels (or just Star Wars in general) next month during the annual Star Wars Celebration Europe in Messe Essen, Germany. While there is no official airdate for the new animated series, Disney promises to have it ready for the Disney Channel and Disney XD during the fall of 2014.