New Star Wars TV Series Announced

Star Wars Rebels is due in 2014

Star Wars Rebels

Not sure you can wait until 2015 for your Star Wars fix? Help is at hand in the shape of a new TV show called Star Wars Rebels, which will explore the time period between Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope. The animated show is due to premiere next year with a one-hour special on the Disney channel, followed by a regular slot on Disney XD.

So no, it's not the long-discussed live-action series, but this will still explore a new facet of the Star Wars universe. We're told that, "Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time where the 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 shape. "

Beyond that, no one is talking just yet. Still, the creative team behind the show is promising. As well as Clone Wars veteran Dave Filoni and animation stalwart Greg Weisman (Gargoyles, Young Justice), Simon Kinberg is one of the executive producers. It was revealed months ago that Kinberg, best known for his work on the likes of Sherlock Holmes and X-Men: First Class, was set to be involved in future Star Wars projects - and now it looks like this is the one, or at least one of them. Still, the implication in previous reports was that he'd be working on the live-action films, so the question is, was that not the case? Is he doing both a live-action film and this animated series? And if the latter answer is "yes", will this show tie-in to, or set up, his big-screen effort? Much remains to be seen.

"I couldn't be more excited to explore new corners of the Star Wars universe,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “I think Star Wars Rebels will capture the look, feel and fun that both kids and their parents love about Star Wars."

Lucasfilm Animation will be producing the show, and the first peek will be unveiled at Celebration Europe. Casting and other snippets going forwards will, as you'd expect, be unveiled on and on this show's Facebook page.