Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Poster.jpg


  • Disney Channel (premiere)[1]
  • Disney XD (full series)[1]

Simon Kinberg (pilot)[1]

Executive producer(s)

5 years before A New Hope[7]

First aired
  • Summer 2014 (series premiere)
  • Fall 2014 (full series)[1]
Preceded by

Star Wars: A New Dawn

Followed by

Rogue One

"Rebels is going to be the first point of entry for a new generation of Star Wars fans, and it will hopefully be a point of return for existing Star Wars fans."
Simon Kinberg[src]

Star Wars Rebels is an upcoming television series set fourteen years after Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and five years before Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. It was first announced in May 2013 as a replacement for the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which had been cancelled a few months prior, and will be the first major Star Wars release since the franchise was acquired by The Walt Disney Company in 2012. The show is executive produced by Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, and Greg Weisman, with Kinberg writing the pilot episode.

The show is set during the heyday of the Galactic Empire, as Imperial forces continue to expand throughout the galaxy and assert Emperor Palpatine's will in all corners of the cosmos. Early on, the action will primarily be set on the Imperial world of Lothal. From that planet, a group of heroes—including grumpy astro-droid Chopper and cowboy Jedi Kanan Jarrus—will become the crew of the Ghost and fight back against the rule of the Empire. The show will then chart the formation of the Rebel Alliance leading into Rogue One.

Rebels is set to premiere sometime in the fall of 2014. Prior to the full series run, the show's premiere episode will air in the summer on The Disney Channel as a feature-length presentation, with a series of shorts also airing sometime in the summer. The full series will then air on Disney XD.

Premise[edit | edit source]

Star Wars Rebels is set fourteen years after Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, and five years before Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The Jedi Knights are being hunted to extinction, and the Old Republic has long-since been replaced by the might of the Galactic Empire. Most former Republic worlds welcomed the government's reorganization into the Empire, preferring the stability and security of the New Order over the chaos of the Clone Wars. This was particularly true in the galaxy's inner systems, where the Empire inspired a patriotism that was absent during the final days of the Republic.[7] As Senator Padmé Amidala once said, liberty died with thunderous applause.[8]

Throughout its fourteen years, the Empire has looked to expand its reach throughout the galaxy. To do so, the Empire set its sights on the lawless and chaotic Outer Rim Territories, where the Republic had a limited presence and where the Empire believes it can bring order. Emperor Palpatine believes he is able to promote the idea of joining the government due to the fallout from the Clone Wars, which were caused by the rebellion of independent systems. All the Empire has to ask is whether people want to risk independent systems causing trouble again.[7]

One of the Outer Rim planets that the Empire arrives on is Lothal, the principal location of Star Wars Rebels. Imperial forces do not have the resources to invade every planet, so they cannot expand through conquest. Instead, the Empire attains a planet's loyalty, either through the will of the planet or by installing a puppet government, such as what happened on Lothal. Because Lothal is poor and cannot exploit its own natural resources, the Empire arrives with promises that the planet will become important to the security of the Empire, stirring up excitement amongst a population that freely welcomes the Empire's arrival. New industries like factories and mines are set up, bringing riches to the planet—though mostly to the planet's most powerful citizens. Additionally, the Empire enlists many of Lothal's people as stormtroopers and TIE fighter pilots.[7]

The Empire casts a long shadow over Lothal.

The Empire, however, is not a benevolent force, and establishes quotas that the mines and factories must meet in order to supply Imperial forces. These quotas soon become unreasonably crushing, and the people begin to realize that the Empire does not have Lothal's best interests at heart. This leads to the emergence of people with rebellious thoughts, including the heroes who will serve as the show's main characters.[7]

Cast[edit | edit source]

Characters[edit | edit source]

The primary focus of the series will be a group of Rebel heroes from Lothal, who are fighting to liberate their planet from the rule of the Empire. By design, Rebels is a return to the mentality of A New Hope, where the Rebel forces are the outmatched underdogs, yet who still have hope on their side. He contrasted this with Star Wars: The Clone Wars, where the heroes—such as Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, and Obi-Wan Kenobi—were fighting for the establishment and had unlimited resources behind them. The heroes of Rebels will have to struggle to survive, scrounge for supplies, and, sometimes, heroes will die, but they have the conviction that will ultimately lead to the fall of the Empire in the original trilogy.[7]

In addition to the heroes, Imperial forces will also play a role, including classic stormtroopers and TIE fighter pilots. Unlike during the Clone Wars, when the Grand Army of the Republic was made up of clones specifically bred to serve the Republic, the Imperial forces are made up entirely of recruits. The Empire came to view the clones as too individualistic, and believed it was easier to create uniformity amongst volunteers. Although clones were no longer developed, the clone veterans from the Republic were still alive, though twice the normal age due to their growth acceleration. Some clones serve as trainers for the Imperial recruits, while others were discarded by a society that never valued them in the first place.[7]

A frequently asked question is whether characters from The Clone Wars will appear, particularly Ahsoka Tano. Thus far, there has been no definitive answer either way. However, Hidalgo noted that, because much of The Clone Wars crew now works on Rebels, there is a lot of interest to return to those stories.[7]

Ezra Bridger[edit | edit source]

Main article: Ezra Bridger

Ezra Bridger[9] (voiced by Taylor Gray) is a street smart con artist and pick pocket, who does what he does in order to survive on the streets of Lothal. He has no interest in fighting against the Galactic Empire, but that changes once he meets his surrogate family and becomes a member of the Ghost crew and realizes that there are people who care enough to fight for freedom.[3]

Unknown to Ezra is his sensitivity to the Force. Despite being unaware of it, he does sometimes tap into its power, and he understands that he has heightened instincts and strange abilities. He meets Kanan Jarrus and begins to learn the truth about his powers.[3]

Chopper[edit | edit source]

Main article: Chopper

Chopper, officially known as C1-10P, is an astromech droid that is part of the crew of the Ghost. Chopper is made mostly of spare parts, highlighting the rag-tag and desperate nature of the rebels from Lothal in this time period. Unlike the famous astromech droid R2-D2, Chopper does not have a cheerful personality, but rather can be stubborn and grouchy. Despite the attitude, something audiences have not seen in a droid before, Chopper often saves the day. The character's design was inspired by early R2-D2 artwork by Ralph McQuarrie, the main concept artist for the original trilogy.[10]

The Inquisitor[edit | edit source]

Main article: The Inquisitor

The first major villain of the series is the Inquisitor, an armor-wearing, red lightsaber-wielding Jedi hunter who works on behest of the Galactic Empire. The character is tasked by Darth Vader to hunt down the Jedi Knights who survived Order 66, as depicted in Revenge of the Sith. When the Empire hears of a Jedi who survived the purge, the Inquisitor is dispatched to kill them. The character is described as "the new face of evil," and the defining villain of the era between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.[7]

It is also possible that, as the show progresses, the rebel heroes will encounter characters such as Darth Vader. Though the show starts out in local space around Lothal, there is a larger universe of characters out there. The more successful the heroes are, the bigger the villains they will face and the bigger allies they will attain. The criminal underworld will also play a role, so bounty hunters and other kinds of criminal characters will appear.[7]

Kanan Jarrus[edit | edit source]

Main article: Kanan Jarrus

Kanan Jarrus[11] (voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr.) is a survivor of Order 66 and is described as a "cowboy Jedi." Ever since the events of Revenge of the Sith, Kanan has been in hiding, preferring to use a blaster instead of a lightsaber—which he keeps under wraps in order to avoid any Imperial entanglements. Kanan joins with the heroes of Lothal aboard the Ghost, where he is seen as the leader of the crew as they fight against the might of the Galactic Empire. Personality-wise, Kanan has given up on being a Jedi. He has more of a rebellious attitude that lends itself to a group of rebels, having lived for the past fourteen years without the structures and codes of the Jedi Order that we know from the prequel trilogy. Nonetheless, he mentors Ezra and helps nurture his latent Force powers. Kanan is described as a strong and sarcastic character who is a bit rough around the edges.[5]

Zeb Orrelios[edit | edit source]

Main article: Zeb Orrelios

Zeb Orrelios (portrayed by Steve Blum) is a member of the Ghost crew and a revered fighter from his home planet. He is strong, the muscle of the crew, but also smart, witty, and funny, which are juxtaposed with his large physical stature. He has a bit of a chip on his shoulder, and hates Chopper. He also likes fighting stormtroopers, particularly cracking their heads together. Despite his fighting, Zeb also has a softer side. He begrudgingly begins to form a brotherly relationship with Ezra and, while they may fight a lot, they often work together. Zeb is also not above getting caught up in the fun and games that Ezra baits him into.[2]

The character's look is based on Ralph McQuarrie's original concept art for Chewbacca, before the appearance of the Wookiee was finalized. This is the first time that the art has been used to depict a canon species, so it is not yet known what race Zeb hails from.[2]

Sabine[edit | edit source]

Main article: Sabine

Sabine (voiced by Tiya Sircar) is a Mandolorian weapons expert who enjoys blowing things up, with a certain flair because she is also an artistic character, one of the first in Star Wars who is expressively creative through art. That creativity shows in the color of her hair, how she paints her armor and her bunk aboard the Ghost, and how she leaves graffiti behind when the crew attacks an Imperial target—a calling card, so the Galactic Empire knows the rebels have attacked. Her personality is described as sassy, spunky, and feisty.[6]

Hera Syndulla[edit | edit source]

Main article: Hera Syndulla

Hera Syndulla (portrayed by Vanessa Marshall) is the Twi'lek pilot, owner, and commander of the Ghost. She is strong-minded, practical, no-nonsense, and utilitarian, but can also be warm and nurturing. As a result, Hera is the heart and guide of the rebel heroes, and she keeps everyone together when they would otherwise fall apart. She can talk to them and get the best out of them, which is the hallmark of a good commander.[4]

Ships and vehicles[edit | edit source]

The primary vessel on the show is called Ghost. The ship is a light freighter made by the Corellian Engineering Corporation, measuring nearly 44 meters long and over 34 meters wide. Ghost will be a mobile home for the show's heroes, similar to the function that the Millennium Falcon served in the original trilogy.[7]

A number of other vehicles and ships that have been announced belong to the Empire. One new vehicle is the All Terrain Defense Pod (AT-DP), which is used to protect civilian and military assets on Lothal. The walker, piloted by individuals who look like a combination of AT-AT pilots from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and AT-SD drivers from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, has a larger laser cannon on its chin, with stadium seating on the inside—the driver sit in front, with the gunner up and to the back. The AT-DP was based on concept art by Joe Johnston for the walkers in the Battle of Hoth, in The Empire Strikes Back.[7]

Classic original trilogy ships will be returning for Rebels, including TIE fighters and Imperial Star Destroyers. Although the designs will look mostly the same, there will be notable differences. Because the show takes place five years before A New Hope, the production team decided to use Ralph McQuarrie's original concept art, which differs somewhat from the designs in the films, as the designs for Rebels, figuring that the concept art could reflect a pre-A New Hope look for the Empire. One clear difference is the use of McQuarrie's engine design for the Star Destroyers, as seen in the concept art for The Empire Strikes Back, rather than using the exact same design from the original trilogy.[7]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Trailers[edit | edit source]

Teaser Trailer #1

Teaser Trailer: "Spark"

Teaser Trailer: "Ignite"

Full-Length Trailer

Clip: "The Machine and the Ghost"

Clip: "Kanan Vs. Inquisitor" (SDCC)

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Star Wars Rebels: The Rebellion Begins

Star Wars Rebels: The Empire Returns

Meet Greg Weisman, Executive Producer

Meet Simon Kinberg, Executive Producer

Meet Agent Kallus, Imperial Enforcer

Meet the Inquisitor, the Empire's Jedi Hunter

Star Wars Rebels - SDCC 2014 Fan Reaction

Star Wars Rebels - Hera Reveal Video

Star Wars Rebels - Inquisitor Reveal Video

Star Wars Rebels - Kallus Reveal Video

Star Wars Rebels - Kanan Reveal Video

Star Wars Rebels - Behind the Scenes Featurette

Star Wars Rebels - Event Featurette

Character introductions[edit | edit source]

Meet Chopper, Grumpy Astromech Droid

Meet Ezra, the Street-Smart Hero

Meet Hera, the Pilot

Meet Kanan, the Cowboy Jedi

Meet Sabine, the Explosive Artist

Meet Zeb, the Muscle

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Posters[edit | edit source]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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