Starting next October, Star Wars fans will get an opportunity to watch new content from the Disney- era in the form of Star Wars: Rebels. While the animated series has nothing to do with Star Wars: Episode VII, it will still take a closer look at that galaxy far, far away. Lucasfilm released a new poster that features Imperial propaganda urging new citizens to join the Galactic Empire’s new cause.
As posted on Omelete, the new piece of propaganda comes in the form of a new poster. When translated, the poster reads, “Enlist – The Empire is the Future.” This points to the new direction of Galactic Republic, now the Galactic Empire. During New York Comic-Con, Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo said the Empire uses actual people to be Stormtroopers, rather than the clones you’ve seen before. Stormtroopers have one trait that cannot be replicated from a clone, loyalty, which is why it’s important that they’re citizens.
The Empire is extending their reach to the outer rim planets that are in need of stability. On some of these worlds, the Empire is welcomed with open arms as a way to build a better life for the planet’s people. Winning the hearts and minds of the people, the Empire gives its new citizens jobs and security in exchange for their undying loyalty.
As for Rebels’ production, a recent rumor says that Billy Dee Williams might join the cast. Williams would likely to reprise his role as the space pirate Lando Calrissian. At the moment, David Oyelowo, Freddie Prinze Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Taylor Gray, and Steven Jay Blum are all expected to participate in Rebels.
Star Wars: Rebels will be about underdog heroes, like the ones featured in the original trilogy. This time it’s a group of teenagers form the planet Lothal, a frontier world where the Empire establishes new stations. The series takes place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope in the Star Wars timeline. The kids fly around in a spaceship called The Ghost, which is described as a mix between the Millennium Falcon and a B-17 bomber.
According to Hidalgo, the big difference between Rebels and Star Wars: The Clone Wars is that the heroes were well established in the latter. The idea behind the new show is to return to the rough and gritty world George Lucas created with A New Hope. It’s certainly exciting to hear Star Wars will go back to a lived-in galaxy, rather than the clean and shiny one we’ve been watching since The Phantom Menace.
Rebels will also trade in the computer animation of The Clone Wars for an anime tone that combines Eastern and Western styles, similar to that of animator Hayao Miyazaki. Dave Filoni will produce the series along with writer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past), while Greg Weisman (Young Justice, Disney’s Gargoyles) will also executive produce.
Star Wars: Rebels will air sometime in October 2014, first on the Disney Channel and then migrate to Disney XD.