In regards to Star Wars, most of our attention is focused on J.J. Abrams upcoming Episode VII and the other film additions to the canon. Movies like that one, and Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII, and Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank’s impending standalone films, are obviously the biggest deal, but it often feels like we forgot that the first post-Disney-buyout addition to the family that we’ll actually see will be the animated Star Wars Rebels. They’re quietly putting together what looks like a cool addition to the franchise, one that will have wide reaching implications. Now Lucasfilm has released this video introducing us to one of the villains the heroes will have to face off against, Agent Kallus, Imperial Enforcer.
While The Inquisitor obviously represents the evil, nasty side of things, the Dark Side of the Force, Kallus is a different style of enemy. Definitely a bad guy, he’s not straight up wicked and malevolent. A member of the Imperial Security Bureau, described here as a mixture of the FBI and the military police, he represents the more rank and file of the Empire. While he is passionate about his work, and definitely believes in the Empire, he is just doing his job.
Kallus is basically a rebel hunter, tasked with tracking down those who oppose the Empire and stamping out the sparks of revolution before they have a chance to start a widespread fire. Efficient in his position, he also has bigger career goals, and plans to move up the ladder. While he has authority and commands troops, he is not leading large forces into battle. Kallus has a much more up close and personal style, and as this video indicates, we’ll likely get the chance to witness his impressive close-quarters combat skills first hand, as well as his unique, personally modified weapon of choice.
David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) lends his vocal chords to the character, who has some sweet Wolverine style muttonchops going on, and may be the perfect choice. He has an incredible voice, deep, resonant, authoritative. Just hearing him speak you get the feeling that you should probably do whatever he says, which for a character in a position of power, is exactly what you want.
Star Wars Rebels takes place a number of years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, and five years before those of A New Hope. As the Empire tightens its grip on the galaxy, a small, unlikely crew bands together to resist, forming the core of what will become the Rebel Alliance. You can see why this might throw a man in Kallus’ position into regular conflict with this band.
Star Wars Rebels will have a strong presence at San Diego Comic-Con later this month. The series will debut this fall on Disney Channel, before moving to its regular home on Disney XD.