Everyone has a piece of Star Wars that they can connect to these days. From the older series, the newer series, Clone Wars on tv, or just fighting in the backyard with your lightsaber. I was excited that we were going to get to be a part of this new era. We interviewed Dave Filoni who is Producer of STAR WARS REBELS: SPARK OF REBELLION and we also chatted with Freddie Prinze Jr. who you may recogonize from a lot of 90s movies who now is the voice Kanan Jarrus in Rebels. Both of whom grew up fascinated with Star Wars themselves and now are part of the story.
- Disney/Lucasfilm ended Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008), so they could focus on Star Wars: Episode VII (2015) and this animated series.
- The visual style of “Star Wars: Rebels” is heavily inspired by the original “Star Wars” concept art by Ralph McQuarrie.
- When Freddie read for the role he thought it was a total ripoff of Star Wars because the characters used “Sunswords”
- Dave has an affinity for Wolves. So much so that when the actors read came in to audition they thought they were auditioning for a show called “WOLF PACK”
Takes place 4 years before Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977).
MORE FUN FACTS:
- How did Dave get so into wolves? He watched the Carol Ballard Film “Never Cry Wolf” as a kid and “oddly, that’s a Disney Film so that’s kind of a strange cross over”.
- “I like to call Kanan ‘the cowboy Jedi,’” says executive producer Dave Filoni. His Jedi robes are long gone, replaced with armor and a holster, though a samurai-like ponytail hints at his Jedi Knight origins.
- The design of Chopper, a.k.a. C1-10P, takes cues from early Ralph McQuarrie concept art for R2-D2, especially the expressive arms that fold out of his head.
- The casting process went by super fast because they wanted to film in the time prior to Episode 7.
- The cast reads together in the same room. As Freddie says, ” It’s very Breakfast Clubby, you know what I mean, like we do everything in order”
ABOUT THE SERIES
tar Wars: Episode IV A New Hope captivated an entire generation in 1977, launching a saga that has been embraced by generations as a timeless epic. Now, the Star Wars saga continues with Star Wars Rebels, a new half-hour animated action series on Disney XD that introduces a thrilling cast of characters that are new to the Star Wars universe.
The adventures focus on Ezra, a street-smart teenage boy who has joined a small band of rebels that engage in daring missions of sabotage and resistance against the Empire. Members of this rag-tag group of rebels include Kanan, a cowboy Jedi; Hera, an ace Twi’lek pilot; Sabine, a Mandalorian street artist who happens to be an explosives expert; Zeb, an agile fighter and the “muscle” of the group; and Chopper, the grumpy but good-hearted droid. Together this motley but clever crew of the starship Ghost face threatening villains, embark on thrilling adventures and become heroes with the power to ignite a rebellion.
“Star Wars Rebels” premieres tomorrow night with a one-hour movie “Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion,” FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3 (9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel — perfect for a family movie night!
***Disclosure: I attended the #DisneyInHomeEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***