Dave Filoni no longer Supervising Director on Rebels. He’s still an Executive Producer and involved in creative decisions on the show, but you’ll see a new name, Lucasfilm Animation vet Justin Ridge, in the Supervising Director spot on ‘Steps into the Shadow.’
Rebels debuts their third season Saturday with the one-hour ‘Steps into the Shadow’ at 8:30 p.m. on Disney XD. Get prepped with another Dave Filoni interview on io9, where he talks about how this season riffs on Tarkin’s line “the Jedi are extinct, their fire has gone out of the universe.” He also talked to Blastr, /Film, Teenplicity and Comicbook.
Lucasfilm has released a new clip featuring Ezra and the Sith holocron:
And a special Rebels Recon preshow, featuring interviews with cast members Vanessa Marshall, Freddie Prinze Jr., and Dee Bradley Baker:
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Entertainment Weekly has a new clip featuring Grand Admiral Thrawn from an upcoming episode of Rebels, plus an interview with Dave Filoni about bringing him into the show, and the appeal of the character:
He really stuck out because he was through and through an Imperial officer. He was not facing doubt, he didn’t have these abilities that make all the big arch villains up to that point arch. He wasn’t inept so much like Piett, he wasn’t playing politics like the rest of the Imperial officers, he was purely a military strategist.
‘Hera’s Heroes’ will be the season’s fifth episode. Rebels S3 premieres with with ‘Steps into Shadow’ on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Rebels’ biggest (sizewise) new addition is getting some it over at USA Today. They interview Tom Baker (best known as Doctor Who’s Fourth Doctor) on his addition to Star Wars as the character called Bendu.
The Force Awakens begins its run on the premium cable channel Starz today. While currently available On Demand and in the Starz app, it will air on the actual channel at 9:00pm tonight. (There may be live-tweeting!)
Also available are the extra features from the two Blu-ray releases – several behind-the-scenes documentaries and cut scenes.
To celebrate the release, Starz contacted me (along with several other fans, I believe) and sent me a Google Chromecast and access to their app. I do have Starz through my cable package, but I’ve never ventured much beyond that. (Yes, I am fitfully behind the times in my TV-watching technology – I didn’t even have a functioning flatscreen TV until late last year.) Setup on the Chromecast was simple – it requires a power outlet, a HDMI slot and an iOS or Android device to act as the remote. I set it up, grabbed Starz from the app store for my iPhone, and was streaming the special features to my TV last night in under twenty minutes. (You will need an existing Starz subscription, but once that’s set up, you can also watch directly on the app.)
This morning, I powered it back on and, boom – The Force Awakens itself. Next up – moving the Chromecast to a currently defunct flatscreen that’s been gathering dust in a cable-less part of the house…
Hey, remember how Thrawn isn’t the only character in Rebels this season? Looks like Ezra is continuing to skirt some lines…
The third season of Rebels will debut Saturday, September 24th, on Disney XD.
Jedi Bibliothek has our first look at the new covers for Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn trilogy. This time, they’re a triptych!
They are, without a doubt, a vast improvement over the very dated originals. And that’s certainly a lot of the eponymous Grand Admiral Thrawn, which makes sense as his forthcoming Rebels appearance is the catalyst for the long-overdue refresh.
I am sad to see that our namesake Mara Jade didn’t make the cut this time. Sure, Thrawn is becoming canon and she isn’t, but she is a major character in these books – and one of the most popular Legends characters ever. Did they just not want to get our hopes up?
In any case, here’s hoping that the new look gets more people reading. Legends or not, Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising and The Last Command are some of the best Star Wars novels on the shelves.
The new covers are expected to begin appearing in stores late next month, as the existing paperbacks are restocked.
Will Darth Vader or the Inquisitors show up in Rebels S3? With the focus so far on Thrawn, Dave Filoni talks to /Film about whether we’ll see any of Rebels’ traditional villains in the new season.