In an interview with Collider, Rebels executive producer Simon Kinberg reveals that he wrote the two-part primiere and season finale – and that there are 16 episodes in total.
He also says that the show will have characters “from the original films,” which many are taking as a sort of confirmation that Lando will be appearing… But there is another. (And no lack of other possibilities.)
So our pal John Morton (aka Dak!) had some speculation on Rebels and Episode VII that some on the internet have kind of taken and… run with. They ran pretty far. Now, in an interview with the East County Times, he’s clarified that while he thinks it’s possible that we’ll see Rebels characters in Episode VII, they might not be the main characters as we know them now, and that he has no official knowledge of this: It’s just speculation, same as us.
He also talks a bit about filming Empire Strikes Back. And apparently I have been lax in pointing out that he’s on Twitter as @tapcaf!
May the 4th begins, as promised, with the Rebels trailer. (There’s also a short version which I presume is the one playing on TV.) Thoughts? Theories?
If you’re having issues with Youtube, the trailer is live on Disney.com as well.
Rebels trailer will debut May the 4th. Since we got the big one today, it only figures that StarWars.com will debut a new trailer for the cartoon at midnight Sunday (Pacific.) But! If you turn your TV to theDisney Channel and watch The New Yoda Chronicles and various other Disney/ABC stations, you may see it earlier.
Yeah, we’ve got us an alternative universe, StarWars.com has announced: “In order to give maximum creative freedom to the filmmakers and also preserve an element of surprise and discovery for the audience, Star Wars Episodes VII-IX will not tell the same story told in the post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe.” However, the EU as we know it is not going away – some of it is being re-released under the ‘Legends’ banner. And Star Wars going forward will be using many of it’s elements.
On that note, we have several adult Rebels, novels on the horizon, the first of which, A New Dawn, will be by John Jackson Miller. (On his own blog, Miller wrote about his trip to Lucasfilm to film the video.)
As an EU fan? This is more or less what I expected, and I welcome that there’s now a greater freedom for the films to explore the post-ROTJ era… And leave a lot of the EU’s less savory aspects behind.
Disney World’s full Star Wars Weekends lineup. We already knew about Mark Hamill, but the rest of the weekend names are out now. In addition to the various film and Clone Wars alums, they’ve added several Rebels cast members: Vanessa Marshall, Tiya Sircar, Taylor Gray and Steve Blum.
Composer Kevin Kiner (from The Clone Wars) returns for Rebels, and they debuted the show’s theme today at WonderCon. They also showed a clip of Hera and the Ghost in action, which you can see above.
And that’s it, really. I wasn’t really expecting anything major, but even a premiere date would have been nice. Oh well…
UPDATE: There’s a new interview with Kiner on Hero Complex, and a writeup from StarWars.com that also gives us a better look at all the concept art. And Kiner shares some new music in a second video: Is it the theme?
Tweets from the panel below the cut.