With 2014 in full swing, it’s only a matter of months before the premiere of Star Wars: Rebels on the Disney Channel. The new animated series is the labor of love between Disney and Lucasfilm, and will serve as a precursor to Star Wars: Episode VII in December 2015. Rebels will feature new heroes and villains, including the Galactic Empire’s ruthless henchman, the Inquisitor.
In the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly, the entertainment outlet previews Star Wars: Rebels and The Inquisitor with a new image of the evil villain. He looks fierce with his new lightsaber, which is of the rotating, double-edged variety. Behind the Inquisitor are two new Stormtroopers, with their armor being a variation of The Clone Wars‘ Clonetroopers, and more consistent with the Stormtroopers we know and love from the original Star Wars trilogy.
The Inquisitor is Darth Vader’s servant who is tasked with hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights after Emperor Palpatine’s Order 66 killed off a majority of them in Revenge of the Sith. The villain is also tasked with squashing any signs of rebellion against the new Galactic Empire. While the Inquisitor uses a lightsaber as a weapon, he is no Sith Lord.
In other Rebels news, possible character names for were recently revealed through new LEGO toys. The toys feature two Rebel protagonists, Ezra Bridger and Zeb, who pilot vehicles called the Phantom and the Ghost, respectively. Lucasfilm also released concept art of the Ghost spaceship, which is a mix between the Millennium Falcon and a B-17 bomber. While we’ve seen images of the Inquisitor in both animated and action figure form, the studio has yet to release any official images or character names of the Rebels featured in the upcoming animated series.
While Lucasfilm has yet to release Star Wars: Rebels official cast, David Oyelowo, Freddie Prinze Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Taylor Gray, and Steven Jay Blum are all expected to lend their voices. Billy Dee Williams is also rumored to be voicing Lando Calrissian in Rebels, and Tim Curry is also rumored to return to voice Empire Palpatine. Curry voiced Palpatine towards the end of The Clone Wars, after Ian Abercrombie passed away in the middle of season four. Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) will serve as Rebels‘ producer, along with writer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past), while Greg Wiseman (Disney’s Gargoyles) is the series’ executive producer.
Rebels takes place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, a few years before the start of Episode IV. The Galactic Empire is taking over planets in the Outer Rim and a band of teenage renegades start to sabotage the Imperial stranglehold on Lothal. They do anything they can to undermine the new Emperor’s power and form the very early stages of what will become the Rebel Alliance.
Star Wars: Rebels will air sometime in October 2014. It will premiere on the Disney Channel, and then move to Disney XD.