For the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated series – Disney‘s first Star Wars project – we’ve met the bad guy and the requisite astro droid. Today, Lucasfilm unveiled the cartoon’s first human character, Kanan, a Jedi survivor who swapped his lightsaber for a blaster in order to keep up appearances. (more…)
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. (more…)
Star Wars Celebration is underway and, naturally, there’s some news coming out about the upcoming Episode VII. Famous faces have been gathering and taking the stage and now we have for you a batch of things those famous people have been saying and showing to the Celebration audiences. The top three stories of the minute? John Williams is definitely back, Kathleen Kennedy wants more models and less CGI for the new trilogy and Dave Filoni is showing off some Star Wars Rebels concept art. Check it all out after the jump.
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?
Though I’m still grieving the unfair cancellation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, this announcement of a new Disney/Lucasfilm animated series, Star Wars Rebels may be a damn good appeasement. Coming from many of the same talented folks who brought us The Clone Wars, like supervising director Dave Filoni, and new faces screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class,Sherlock Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) and executive producer Greg Weisman (Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Gargoyles), this series will be exploring the time period between Episodes III and IV. And while it’s not exactly what I asked for – personally, I’m dying for a series set between IV and V – it will involve much of the aesthetic of the original trilogy and that makes me giddy.
The most we know about Star Wars Rebels is it will focus on, “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.” Other details are being kept completely under wraps. But, that bit about “hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights” gives me hope we may see the return of Anakin’s former padawan, Clone Wars breakout star, and general, all around ass kicker, Ahsoka Tano. She didn’t die at the end of Clone Wars like many of us thought she would so there’s a good chance she’d be one of those surviving Jedi. Hey, it’s something for them to think about, and I’m sure I wouldn’t be the only Clone Wars fan who’d like to see some connection between the two series.
Hit the jump for the full press release, but before that, check out this video of Filoni discussing what he can – very little – of Rebels,
Okay, how cool is it to hear they’re looking at Ralph McQuarrie‘s work for inspiration!? I hope we see some designs real soon. What are you thinking of Rebels? It’s schedule to premiere with a one hour special on Disney in the fall of 2014, with a full series to follow on Disney XD.
After watching the gripping season finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars I had a sneaky suspicion I was watching the final moments of Lucasfilm‘s hit animated series. Seems I was right. Today on the official Star Wars page in a post titled, A New Direction for Lucasfilm Animation, it was announced, “the time has come to wind down the series.” The Disney/Lucasfilm acquisition made it clear the series would no longer continue on Cartoon Network, and they’ve confirmed no more episodes have been made for the network, but where any new Clone Wars will be airing isn’t totally clear.
The announcement continues with, “we’re continuing production on new Clone Wars story arcs that promise to be some of the most thrilling adventures ever seen.” Fans are asked to stay tuned for more info about where they’ll be able to see this “bonus content.” Bonus content? That sure doesn’t sound like another season to me.
Included is this video message – which for some reason won’t embed, please follow the link – from series producer, Dave Filoni, as well as a clip of some new Clone Wars content.
Hmm. So we have a tease of new stories to come, a promise from Lucasfilm they are planning more Clone Wars, but then this vague reference to releasing the series’ conclusion as bonus content? Hopeful, this makes me not.
There’s also this sad news: the release of Seth Green and Matthew Senreich‘s Star Wars Detours has been postponed until a later date. I’m guessing post Episode VII’s release. Which is another significant bummer.
A new direction, indeed, Lucasfilm. This is almost no direction. Other than the vague mention pursuing another animated series set, “in a time period previously untouched in Star Wars films or television programming,” there’s little evidence for where the future of Lucasfilm animation is heading.
What do you guys think of The Clone Wars ending? Detours‘ delay?
While I know it feels like all we can talk about lately is Star Wars I promise this has absolutely nothing to do with Disney acquiring Lucasfilm. This is about a certain Doctor making a guest appearance on this weekend’s episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, “A Test of Strength,” which will follow a group on younglings learning to construct their first lightsabers. The Clones Wars has had a pretty prolific line-up of science fiction guest stars in the past with actors like George Takei, Simon Pegg and Katee Sackhoff all voicing roles. Now get ready to add David Tennant to that list. He’ll be voicing a droid named Huyang who’s been helping Jedi make lightsabers for centuries.
How did Tennant wind up in a galaxy far, far away? The Clone Wars‘ supervising director, Dave Filoni, is a Who fan, of course, and leapt at the chance to bring in the 10th Doctor,
As a fan that has the privilege of playing in the Star Wars galaxy, I am always on the lookout for others who appreciate, and would enjoy, an opportunity to go on an adventure in George’s galaxy far, far away. When I heard the Doctor himself, David Tennant, was a fan of Star Wars I knew I had to find a way to get in contact with him to see if he would perform on The Clone Wars. The result was ‘Huyang,’ an ancient droid in the service of the Jedi Order, whose sole task in life has been overseeing the construction of lightsabers. I thought David was perfect for the part and he did not disappoint. He delivered a performance which impressed even the Master himself, George Lucas.
Praise from Lucas himself! Not too shabby. I’m really excited to see more of Tennant as Huyang, and I think it’ll be really cool to see him explain more about lightsabers. You? And just think, now there’s finally an actor from Doctor Who who’s transitioned into Star Wars! Oh wait.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars “A Test of Strength” airs this Saturday morning, November 10th at 9:30am on Cartoon Network.
Whoa, guys. Whoa. Watching this teaser for Darth Maul‘s return on Star Wars: The Clone Wars gave me chills. All the awesome of Maul that was promised and not delivered in Episode I, is here.
Tell me that didn’t get you pumped for this new arc on Clone Wars!? My favorite story line last year was learning about the Nightsisters and Nightbrothers on Dathomir, Maul’s homeworld. An excellent part of Clone Wars has been exploring the notion that not only Jedi and Sith can wield the power of the Force. And with that knowledge I just know the battles between Maul, Obi-Wan, Ventress, Savage Opress, Grievous and Dooku are going to be incredible!
Here’s a quick setup for the season ending arc from USA Today,
In the upcoming Clone Wars arc, General Grievous launches an attack on Maul’s homeworld of Dathomir, and Mother Talzin of the Nightsisters has told Savage Opress (voiced by Clancy Brown) about Darth Maul, sending Opress on a quest to find his long-lost brother.
And you can see how it’ll play out in the above trailer. Dave Filoni, the director of Clone Wars, also shared a few things that’ll be different about Maul upon his return. For one, you probably noticed it in the trailer, but he’s got mechanical legs! Filoni said the story of how he survived bisection will be dark and dramatic and that his face-off with Obi-Wan will have, “a lot of want for revenge in his mind, what he’s been thinking about through what must have been a terrible trial.” And sadly, he won’t have the duel-bladed lightsaber, but only a fragment of what’s left. Kind of like his mind. Sam Witwer, who’ll be voicing Maul in Clone Wars, talked about the crazy mess Maul’s become in an article we shared earlier.
Darth Maul returns on Star Wars: The Clone WarsMarch 9th.
USA Today also has a clip from the first episode of the four part finale,
Star Wars: The Clone Wars has easily become the greatest thing to come from the Star Wars universe since, well, the first Star Wars trilogy. I know many people write it off as a cartoon for kids but seriously guys, who do you think those movies were made for? Not critics and film connoisseurs that’s for sure.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly The Clone Wars supervising director, Dave Filoni talked about how dark Season 3 was (dark and awesome I might add), Savage Oppress and Chewbacca returning and getting Oscar-winning editor Walter Murch to direct an episode. But the biggest news to come from the interview is Katee Sackhoff will be joining the series. It is yet unknown who she’ll be voicing by Filoni promises it to be “a memorable character.”
Filoni also mentioned the influence the original Battlestar has had on Clone Wars,
EW: Actually, there’ve been a number of BSG references on the show lately, like how a Separatist tactical droid said “By your command” a la the old chrome-domed Cylons.
DF: See that’s me being old, because that’s classic Battlestar. The Separatist tactical droids have a similar sounding voice to old Cylons. In fact, the inspiration I had for those tactical droids was a Cylon in the original series called Lucifer. He was Baltar’s adviser. I always like the idea of this really smart droid that could calculate all these possibilities. I thought the Droid Army should have these brainiac droids that could wage battles based on calculations of probability whereas the Jedi are fighting out of heart and commitment to each other.
Read the rest of the interview for more tidbits about what they’re planning for Clone Wars. I’m glad to see people out there still remember old Battlestar, for all it’s cheesiness it was a classic sci-fi program. Make sure to tune in next season to see what character Starbuck brings to life. I wonder if she’ll have a cigar?