We’re still a long, long way from seeing director J.J. Abrams’ much anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII. Hell, we know that the damn thing is filming, but aside from R2-D2 and Chewbacca, we still know nothing about the cast, and sometimes it feels like we won’t until the lights go down in the theater opening night. However, until December 18, 2015—opening day for Episode VII—we’ll to content ourselves with Disney and Lucasfilm’s new animated series Star Wars: Rebels, and now there’s a new clip to pique our interest.
This video debuted at WonderCon, but quickly appeared online. The action shows Hera Syndulla, voiced by Vanessa Marshall, the Twi’lek pilot of a ship called the Ghost. Many have remarked that this particular spacecraft is essentially the Rebels version of the Millennium Falcon, meaning that it’s the main craft that will appear throughout the series. Hera has been described as a “strong-minded character,” one that “keeps everyone together when they would otherwise fall apart.” Does that mean she’s the leader, a leader, just a badass? That remains to be seen.
Watching Hera banter with her wacky robotic sidekick—a watered-down wannabe R2—you are definitely reminded that this is a show aimed at kids. Still, it’s better than nothing, and it’ll be nice to have something to watch with your kids.
While Episode VII is set more than 30 years after the end of Return of the Jedi, Rebels occurs in the gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, and sets up the origins of what becomes the Rebel Alliance. This program is intended to fill the void left when Disney cancelled Star Wars: The Clone Wars shortly after purchasing Lucasfilm.
Here is the official Rebels synopsis:
Star Wars Rebels continues the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga with all-new exciting, action-packed adventures. It is a dark time in the galaxy, as the evil Galactic Empire tightens its grip of power from world to world. As the series begins, Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruling with an iron fist and ruining the lives of its people.
But there are a select few who are brave enough to stand up against the endless Stormtroopers and TIE fighters of the Empire: the clever and motley crew of the starship “Ghost.” Together, this ragtag group will face threatening new villains, have thrilling adventures, and become heroes.
We’ve met other members of the Rebels crew, including Zeb, Sabine, Ezra, Kanan (voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr.), and the main villain, the Inquisitor, played by Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Brent Spiner.
Star Wars: Rebels is set to air a TV movie sometime in October of this year on the Disney Channel, before the show ultimately moves to Disney XD on a weekly basis.