There’s some new details coming out for the new animated series Star Wars: Rebels. We’ve got some pictures of one of the series new characters and some great descriptions of the series settings from Executive Producer Dave Filoni.Filoni sat down with MoviePilot.de and had this to say:
We will see many things that are famous to Star Wars, but have not appeared on screen in a while. Star Destroyers, TIE Fighters, and Stormtroopers – basically the Empire is back and that is a big change, since, for many years, we have only seen the Republic in action. The tone of the series is also different. The Clone Wars got very dark as we headed towards the end of the war and the downfall of the Jedi. Star Wars Rebels brings back the banter and faster pace that the original films were famous for.
Filoni then went on to describe the planet Lothal, the setting for the series.
Rebels takes place in the Outer Rim. The audience typically thinks of Tatooine as the place where Luke Skywalker grew up, when the Outer Rim is mentioned. We are on a more civilized planet, and one that profited from the Empire’s existence in the beginning. Most of the stories take place on the planet Lothal, which is a grass planet with large monolithic stones on the surface. The look comes from some Ralph McQuarrie concept paintings that were done for the original Star Wars films. We tried to make Lothal look and feel like a planet that would have been in the original film trilogy. It’s alien, but you feel like it’s someplace that you could visit on Earth geographically. Hoth, Tatooine, and Endor are all like this, so we think it fits in well.
Did anyone else read Lothal and immediately flash to SNL’s Lothar of the Hill People? Probably not, but that’s just how my mind works some days. He also introduced a new character from the series, a droid named Chopper.
Does that mean that we’ll hear some Stormtroopers yelling, “Get to the Chopper!” Star Wars has needed some more memorable droid characters. Sure we’ve got R2-D2 and C3PO, but they can’t be the only worthwhile droids in the Star Wars universe.
Check out the video for more details:
Star Wars: Rebels is set in the period between Episode III and IV, and fans of Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be happy to know that many of the same talented people who brought us that series, are deeply involved in this latest animated Star Wars series.
Keep checking back for more information as it hits the Internet.