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The Clone Wars – including ‘The Lost Missions’ – are coming to Netflix on March 7

Clone Wars - Netflix

Well Clone Wars fans, your wait is over: StarWars.com announced this morning that The Clone Wars will be streaming on Netflix as of March 7, including the debut of “the sixth and final season.” It’s the first time any official Star Wars content will be available on the service.

“The Lost Missions” are 13 episodes, and for the previous seasons they’ll be have “several director’s cut episodes never seen on TV” as well as the debut movie. The episode description does line up with the arcs we’ve heard about out of Germany:

In these eagerly anticipated episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, some of the deepest mysteries of the conflict between the light and the dark sides of the Force are revealed. An intrepid clone trooper discovers a shocking secret, Anakin Skywalker’s closest relationship is tested to its limits, and what Master Yoda discovers while investigating the disappearance of a Jedi could forever change the balance of power in the galaxy. Fans will not only be able to watch the thrilling finale, they’ll be able to see more of Star Wars: The Clone Wars than ever before as Netflix will also stream the director’s cut of seasons one to five.

Netflix posted a clip featuring Yoda and Qui-Gon:

If you don’t have Netflix streaming, Jeremy Conrad at Furious Fanboys has five options you can look into.

In the meantime, fans can psych themselves up by listening to some of the show’s music on composer Kevin Kiner’s site.

Greg Weisman drops some hints for Rebels

Greg WeismanIGN has Eric Goldman’s interview with Greg Weisman today, where he talks about Rebels, visiting Lucasfilm, and working with Simon Kinberg and Dave Filoni.

He praises the yet-unnamed writing staff and “phenomenal cast,” praises Leland Chee and Pablo Hidalgo and even the dreaded c-word:

Describing the approach to Rebels and the widespread potential audience, Weisman said, “We’re all very dedicated, and we know this show is going to be canon, so we take that responsibility very seriously. We know that on the one hand there’s an audience who’s going to be watching this that knows everything there is to know about Lucasfilm canon and knows beyond that tons of stuff from the Expanded Universe, which may or may not turn out to be canon once Lucasfilm decides what is official and what’s not. So we want the show to work for that group, the most extreme fanboys out there.”

On the show itself, the Rebel Alliance “doesn’t exist when we come in,” he says, continuing:

This is about how the Rebel Alliance came to be. So once the Rebel Alliance is, that’s pretty much where the show ends. I don’t know how many seasons that is. It’s not like we’ve nailed that down like, ‘Oh, we’re going to exactly X amount of seasons.’ But if all goes well, that’s the goal: we go from the origins of the Rebel Alliance to the point where the Rebel Alliance is, which would lead in essence directly into A New Hope. That’s the goal, to fill in that gap between those four or five years.”

As for the cast, they’re taking a different approach from how far-flung The Clone Wars came to be. Weisman says they have one “focus” character and five others to make a core cast of six. (Presumably this includes Kanan and Chopper, but let’s hope two of them are the women he talked about in an earlier interview.) Though it will focus on those six, the cast will expand, and “the show gets bigger and bigger in scope.”

We can also expect “some incredible guest stars,” both familaiar and unfamiliar names.

Rebels intro: Freddie Prinze Jr.’s Kanan, the “cowboy Jedi”

Rebels: Kanan

So much for there not being a Jedi in Rebels: USA Today (warning: video autoplay) introduces us to our third official Rebels character, Kanan. Voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr., Dave Filoni describes the character as a “cowboy Jedi.”

Prinze’s name first came up for Rebels in the Hollywood Reporter last September, along with the oft-rumored David Oyelowo, newcomer Taylor Gray and voice acting vets Vanessa Marshall and Steven Jay Blum. Could one of them be voicing our next character reveal?

UPDATE: There’s an action figure, of course.