There’s some big news for Disney XD‘s Star Wars Rebels out of NYCC 2013 today. Executive Producer Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) brought some interesting news to the NYCC Star Wars Rebels panel, setting the time period, the main villain, and overall plot of the series.
The video below spells it all out, but we know you can’t wait to see who will be the latest big bad wolf in the Star Wars universe. He’s an Imperial Inquisitor, “tasked by Darth Vader to hunt down the remaining Jedi Knights.”
“We’ve captured a rebel sir. Should we get the comfy chair?”
“Look out! It’s an Imperial Inquisitor! You fool, no one expects the Imperial Inquisitor!”
According to Filoni, we’re going to see a lot more of the Empire in this series, just like the Clone Wars focused on the Jedi and their daily interactions. Star Wars Rebels picks up about fourteen years after the end of Star Wars: Episode III – The Revenge of the Sith and focuses on:
…the Emperor’s rule is secure and the Empire is seeking to expand its power to Outer Rim territories. That leads Imperial forces to Lothal, a poor planet that initially welcomes the Empire on the promise of security and prosperity. It soon becomes obvious, however, that the Empire does not have Lothal’s best interests at heart, as the Imperials exploit its people and begin recruiting young citizens to join TIE fighter and Stormtrooper academies, or to work in the Sienar Fleet Systems factory — which builds TIE fighters — in the planet’s capital.
Time to check out the video:
We’ve also got some information from the panel thanks to /Film’s Russ Fischer. The panel announced some of the additional tie ins, new vehicles, and characters inspired by some of the old designs and concept art from the original movies and toys.
- The All Terrain Defense Pod (AT-DP), a ground attack walker based on a 1979 design by Joe Johnston.
- The AT-DP pilot, which features design elements from other Imperial pilots, such as the AT-AT walker driver seen in The Empire Strikes Back and the AT-ST walker pilot from Return of the Jedi.
- The Imperial Troop Transport, based on the first 1979 Kenner toy that was not a recreation of something in the films.
- The Imperial freighter, based on “an Imperial-style craft designed for Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace by concept artist Doug Chiang, featuring a dock to transport TIE fighters from system to system.”
What do you think?