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'Star Wars Rebels,' New Animated TV Series Set Between Episodes III & IV, To Debut Fall 2014

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May 20, 2013 | 9:58am EDT

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Fans who're still sad about the end of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, take heart! Lucasfilm announced this morning that the Lucasfilm Animation division, and former Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni, are hard at work on a new cartoon series, Star Wars Rebels, set to debut on Disney Channel in Fall 2014. The series will be set in the 19-year period between Episode III — Revenge of the Sith and the original Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope. Simon Kinberg, who's hard at work writing one of the mysterious Star Wars spin-off films, is writing the one-hour special telecast that will set up the series that will subsequently air on Disney XD.

Lucasfilm's official description of the series is this: "The action-filled series is set between the events of Episode III and IV – an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen. 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. Details about the show are a closely guarded secret at this point."

Most exciting for fans of The Clone Wars, however, is that Lucasfilm's release says Star Wars Rebels will feature "many of the key talents" that made the previous show. This means that, potentially, we could catch-up with Ashley Eckstein's Ahsoka after the Jedi-slaughtering events of Order 66 as she deals with the fact that her old master Anakin Skywalker is Darth Vader. It also means we could revisit Darth Maul and Cad Bane, whose ultimate fates were left dangling at the conclusion of The Clone Wars series. All of that has yet to be confirmed, but is what every Clone Wars fan will be hoping for.

Either way, that Galaxy Far, Far Away is about to get a whole lot bigger. Check out a video of Filoni talking about the new series with Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo, below.

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