Billy Dee Williams is indeed in Rebels, per himself. Gasp!
Disney Parks has posted two the Rebels clips shown at the Weekends so far… I’ve heard there’s a different one for each weekend, so expect a few more of these.
A look inside Ezra Bridger’s Rebel Journal. Making Star Wars’ Johnamarie Macias is at BookCon, where fans can get a look at some of the the Rebels tie-in, which apparently debuts (along with the show?) in October.
Simon Kinberg on Rebels and balancing the two trilogies. He doesn’t say too much in this new interview with Screencrush’s Mike Ryan, but hopefully this calms at least some of the worries out in fandom.
Greg Weisman, one of the executive producers of the upcoming Rebels animated series, is also an author for the young adult audience with his series-starting Rain of the Ghosts, featuring a young teenager in the Caribbean who can see dead people. I had the opportunity to chat with Greg this past weekend at the Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore’s 21st Birthday Bash, and in this interview we discuss Rain of the Ghosts, the writing process for both print and animation, as well as his work on animated shows such as Young Justice, Gargoyles, and The Spectacular Spider-Man, including some of his own objectives and challenges for hitting a wider audience when creating a show and including diversity. While we couldn’t talk much about Rebels directly, he does provide some perspective for the show.
Thanks to Greg Weisman (Twitter: @Greg_Weisman) for the interview, and Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore for providing the venue. Check out Rain of the Ghosts, available now, and watch for the second book in the Rain series, Spirits of Ash and Foam, coming in July.
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!
Del Rey celebrates the 4th with a mini-excerpt from John Jackson Miller’s A New Dawn. The Rebels prequel novel will be out September 2.