In commemoration of May 4’s Star Wars Day, Lucasfilm released a new full trailer for the upcoming animated series, Star Wars Rebels. You can watch the new trailer in the player below. Set five years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Rebels features a group of new heroes against the backdrop of a time where the Empire rules across the galaxy with an iron fist.
The new trailer showcases an extended look at the show and the main team: Sabine, a female Mandalorian; Kanan, a secret Jedi; Ezra, a young thief; Zeb, a Lasat rebel; Hera, a Twi’lek pilot; and a cantankerous astromech droid, Chopper. This motley crew comprises the team of the starship Ghost in a struggle against the Empire’s tyrannical rule. The trailer also featured designs from the classic Star Wars trilogy, including Stormtroopers, Imperial Star Destroyers, and Tie Fighters, since the show is set much closer in time to the original trilogy of movies. There was also a brief glimpse of the show’s main villain, a man now only known as The Inquisitor.
According to Walt Disney Studios, the new Star War Rebels trailer was shown in 160 countries and broadcast across 439 million households worldwide. The new trailer release was preceded by a short teaser clip on Saturday, March 3.
The new show boasts an all-star cast and crew. Dave Filoni, the longtime writer, director and executive producer on the hit animated spin-off series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, will return for Star Wars Rebels. Superstar and fan-favorite writer and producer Greg Weisman, best known among fan as the creator of Disney’s Garygoyles, is also attached to work on the show. In addition, screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg, best known for his work with the X-Men live-action movie franchise, is an executive producer. Actor Freddie Prinze Jr. will voice one of the show’s main leads, Kanan. Last November, Star Wars veteran Billy Dee Williams let it slip that he’s also working on the show, likely to once again play Lando Calrissian. Actor David Oyelowo, from such hit films as The Butler and Jack Reacher, will also voice a role in the series.
Per a recent announcement from Lucasfilm, Star Wars Rebels will be encompassed by the new official Star Wars canon, which includes the animated TV shows, the movies, and the upcoming line of Star Wars novels starting later this year. Speaking about his aims with the series, Dave Filoni hopes the show achieves a classic Star Wars feel, telling IGN: “I think the other thing too is, I just want this to be Star Wars in the most classic sense–a serialized television show. I want it to have its epic moments and its mythic moments. I want it to get to places where you know the villains are really villains.”
Now that Star Wars Rebels has received a full trailer release, Lucasfilm and Disney will likely focus more on the show’s marketing push in the remaining months until its upcoming debut. The show is set to debut with a one-hour telecast on the Disney Channel later this fall. The regular series will then debut later on Disney XD. After that, Star Wars will return to cinemas the following year, with Star Wars: Episode VII, due out in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.
By Jeffrey Harris