Star Wars Rebels is set to premiere on Disney in the fall of 2014 with a 1-hour special that will later premiere on Disney channels Disney XD as a on-going series. The up coming series is creating a huge buzz in the Star Wars fandom world, fans are excited to see the tales beyond the galaxy once again being told.
It was back in October of 2012 that Disney bought the Star Wars franchise from director and creator George Lucas for an incredible sum of over 4 billion dollars, yes that is not a typo folks, that is billion with a huge B. A buy over that worried most fans, as they did not want their beloved franchise to be dumbed down and turned into G rated films. Disney did not just acquire film rights, they bought the cows and the farm, and the country the farm is on as well as the planet that farm resides. Exaggerating? Well while in the process of buying, the Star Wars crew came up with a list they call the Holocran that entails everything inside the Star Wars Galaxy. The Holocran list over 17 thousand characters, thousands of different planets and a galactic time span of over 20 thousand years. Those 4 billion actually start to sound like a good deal when one thinks about the massive galaxy listed in the Holocran which is full of an infinite amount of film, TV and merchandise ideas to last for decades.
Star Wars Rebels from Disney will be a 3D animated series much like its series predecessor Star Wars The Clone Wars which aired on Cartoon Network from 2008-2014 before Disney acquired the rights. Disney canceled the series, but Netflix picked it up for the series 6th and final season that premiered earlier this year. While Disney may have disappointed fans by canceling The Clone Wars, their announcement of Rebels renewed a new hope (real fans will get that one). The new Disney Star Wars Rebels series will be set between the events of Episode 3 and Episode 4, following the rise of the rebellion towards the Empire and the continuing hunt down of the few remaining Jedi.
Disney’s Star Wars Rebels will follow Kanan Jarus, which will be voiced by Freddie Prince Jr., David Oyelo from the film Rise of the Planet of the Apes will voice a currently unknown part and with much excitement towards fans, Disney will be brining back veteran Star Wars legend Billy Dee Williams to voice the reprisal of his Lando Calrissian character. It is yet to be seen if the ultimate villain Darth Vader will make an appearance on the show as the time depicted is set in the time of his and the Empire’s rise to dominance.
Further excitement from the sale of Star Wars to Disney buzzed when Disney released a statement saying they were going to develop a new trilogy of films, the first to be released in 2015 currently titled Episode 7. The new trilogy will follow the events after Return of the Jedi and will be set 30 years after the events of that film, following the lives of Luke, Leia and Han Solo. While that seems like a galaxy far, far away, lets rejoice in the fact that we will have the new Disney Star Wars Rebels to enjoy till then and even after still.
Opinion by Miguel A. Tamayo
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