Star Wars: Rebels focuses on a rag-tag group of goodhearted outlaws who fight against an oppressive government, sort of the crew of the Serenity in Firefly, or the Guardians of the Galaxy. So far we’ve met the astromech droid Chopper (C1-10P), former Jedi Knight Kanan Jarrus, a teenage troublemaker named Ezra, and the group’s muscle, an alien named Zeb Orrelios. Now we’re getting the first look at one of the Rebels’ female members.
As reported on THR, Rebels will feature a Mandalorian named Sabine. Yes, a Mandalorian! Sabine is described as “sassy, spunky, feisty, and has a little bit of attitude.” She also has a large array of weaponry at her disposal (like all good Mandalorians) and she’s something of a graffiti artist who tags everything with the Rebels’ Phoenix symbol. Actress Tiya Sircar will provide the voice for Sabine, who we’re betting will become a fan-favorite. From THR:
‘She’s definitely one who’s turned against the Empire and that’s going to be to the Rebels’ benefit,’ as executive producer Dave Filoni hints in the behind-the-scenes featurette above. As Joel Aron, CG supervisor of lighting and FX, says, ‘She’s adding something that we haven’t really seen before in the Star Wars universe. You have a character that is expressively creative through art — whether it’s the color of her hair or what she’s done to her armor.
Tiya Sircar has appeared mostly on teen TV shows such as The Vampire Diaries, Hannah Montana, and Make It or Break It. She also did some voice work for the Disney cartoon Phineas and Ferb. Sircar has appeared in movies, too, with roles in The Internship, 17 Again, and Friends with Benefits. She also was a voice in the family feature film Walking with Dinosaurs last year.
The only major character we still have yet to meet is Hera Syndulla, the Twi’lek co-pilot of the Ghost. Look for her video introduction sometime this week.
Meanwhile, Yahoo! UK has reported a rumor that Star Trek: The Next Generation alumnus Brent Spiner is joining Star Wars: Rebels. The report came out of the Gallifrey 1 Convention in Los Angeles, where Spiner joined Rebels executive producer Greg Weisman for the Young Justice panel (the 65-year-old actor voiced the Joker on that animated series). While it’s unclear which character Spiner would voice, the speculation is that he’ll play the series’ central villain, the Inquisitor.
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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. The animated series also follows the very early stages of what will become the Rebel Alliance and the Imperial Empire.
Star Wars: Rebels will air as a TV movie sometime in October 2014. It will premiere on the Disney Channel, and then move to Disney XD for weekly installments.