What’s that you hear? Only the collective groan of every Star Wars: The Clone Wars fan who applauded that series’ willingness to explore darker, and often more mature story lines. Its Disney-approved replacement, Star Wars Rebels, will focus on the period between Episodes III and IV during a time when the Empire was struggling to control the galaxy and rid it of the last surviving Jedi. A fascinating time period to be sure, and one I think fans are excited to see explored. Just, not through the eyes of a bunch of teenagers.
Bleeding Cool has the scoop on the casting breakdown for the new animated series – what is with them and scoring Star Wars casting lists, huh? – and it appears to feature a group of teenagers, rebellious teenagers it seems. So the Rebels of the title refers not only to beginnings of the Rebel Alliance, but the experience of rebellious teenagers living in this tumultuous time.
But before we freak out about Disney making Star Wars too kid friendly, Bleeding Cool’s Brendon Connelly reminds us, “It’s really the norm for Star Wars to be about youth.” Luke, Anakin, and Ahsoka were all young, rebellious teenagers, and as they grew up and went on wild adventures of discovery the stories would take on more mature themes. I’m not making a ruling on Rebels until I see it, though I’d be lying if I’m not a little disappointed to hear our protagonists are a group of kids.
Star Wars Rebels is expected to air on Disney XD next year.
What do you think about Rebels, not unlike Episode VII, focusing on a group of younglings?