David Oyelowo Up For Star Wars Rebels

Freddie Prinze Jr & more in talks

David Oyelowo Up For Star Wars Rebels
Photo: Adrian Green for Empire

Though the focus of everyone’s Star Wars interest is on Episode VII right now, the continuing small screen adventures for the sci-fi saga are still bubbling away. You might recall that news on TV ‘toon Star Wars Rebels was first announced at the Star Wars Celebration back in July, and it appears that it has moved into the casting stage, with David Oyelowo and Freddie Prinze Jr among those said to be in talks to lend their vocal talents to the show.

Rebels will take the place of The Clone Wars, with that show’s producer Dave Filoni having a hand in the new series. While we know it will be set somewhere between the events of Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope, the exact time frame is being kept under wraps. The only other real detail confirmed is that it’ll follow a group of kids on the run from the Empire (no relation) in a presumably stolen ship.

The Hollywood Reporter doesn’t specify whom Oyelowo and Prinze will be playing, only that they’re locking down deals alongside voice-over veterans Vanessa Marshall, Taylor Gray and Steven Jay Blum.

Oyelowo’s name cropped up recently in connection with that other Wars project too, on a list of rumored casting choices. Taking a role in Rebels that only requires his voice doesn’t preclude him from landing something in Episode VII, though it does make us wonder if this was the meeting he took.

In related Episode VII news, Den Of Geek dug up a casting call that appears to suggest that J.J. Abrams and co are on the hunt for a Wookie – or even someone to take over playing Chewbacca? Surely not the latter! Of course, knowing how tricky Abrams could be, so this could all be an elaborate game…