Star Wars: Rebels is an upcoming CGI Western Animation series in the Star Wars franchise, produced by Lucasfilm and Lucasfilm Animation with the distinction of being the first Star Wars project released following Disney's acquisition of the franchise in their takeover of Lucasfilm.Set between Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hopenote Specifically, 14 years after Revenge of the Sith and 5 years before A New Hope, as the Galactic Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking form. The series is scheduled to premiere in Fall 2014 as a one-hour special on Disney Channel before airing regularly on Disney XD. Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, and Greg Weisman have all been announced as executive producers. Billy Dee Williams is slated to reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.Here is the first official trailer.
The show provides examples of:
All-CGI Cartoon: Much like The Clone Wars, this series is also entirely generated on computer.
Action Girl: Sabine, the graffiti-making Mandalorian weapons expert, and Hera Syndulla, the pilot of the Ghost.
Awesome, but Impractical: The Inquisitor's lightsaber hilt. For starters, it's a double-bladed lightsaber. However the two ends of the hilt are also connected by a ring, which, while cool-looking, realistically would make proper handling of the weapon difficult.
Chopper, the astrodroid of the Rebels, will obviously fill in R2-D2's role, but according to what the creators said about his personality being grumpy, and not always doing what he's told, he also has a bit of C-3PO and R3-S6 in him. Dave Filoni told his crew "If Artoo Detoo was a dog, then Chopper is a cat."
Ezra, the Force-sensitive tinkerer, has shades of The Phantom Menace-era Anakin Skywalker in him.
He also earned the Fan Nickname "SpaceAladdin" immediately upon his reveal, due to their similar designs and him being a Street Urchin who's been stealing from and making fools out of the Imperial forces in his home town.
Zeb, the alien muscle of the group, is essentially an articulate Chewbacca and is himself based on early concept art for the character.
Ironic Name: Hera the greek goddess, was Zeus's wife and patron of marriage, but she's also known for her vengeful nature, hunting Zeus's illegimate children, and being an Abusive Parent for Hephaestus. Considering this, it's quite ironic, that Hera Syndulla, the Team Mom of this series is named after her.
The Leader: Kanan is the de facto leader of the group.
La Résistance: The panel at the New York Comic-Con in October 2013 revealed that the series will start on a planet recently occupied by the Empire, where the youths start to resist conscription into the army and for labor for its war-facilities.
State Sec: The Inquisitorius (Who according to the wiki and commercial for the upcoming show) a secret division consisting of dark side Force-sensitive agents tasked by the emperor to hunt down the remaining jedi.
Street Urchin: Ezra is an orphan who lives on the streets, looking out for only himself, and often stealing from the Imperials.