Rebels returns on Saturday, September 24

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The third season of Star Wars Rebels will debut Saturday, September 24 at 8:30 p.m. ET on Disney XD. The hour-long season premiere ‘Steps into Shadow’ features the introduction of classic villain Grand Admiral Thrawn into canon – the first character to make that leap since the old Expanded Universe was reclassified as Star Wars Legends.

As we learned at Celebration, the new season also introduces new looks for Rebels characters Ezra and Sabine, plus a new character voiced by Doctor Who’s Tom Baker. Here’s a new teaser:

New Rogue One trailer coming Thursday

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NBC will be premiering a new Rogue One trailer during their Olympic coverage on Thursday, @starwars has announced. For those who aren’t stuck to the pole-vaulting and all that other stuff going down in Rio, we expect the trailer will be up on the official Youtube quickly thereafter.

Like the Monday Night Football debut of a major The Force Awakens trailer last year, the purpose of this is to reach a mainstream audience beyond us fandom mainstays – something a standalone like Rogue One may need even more than TFA did.

Here’s the spot that ran this weekend, advertising the premiere:

Prequel alumni reveals “small role” in Rogue One

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I admit I was doubtful when some claimed they had spotted a sliver of Jimmy Smits in the Rogue One sizzle reel at Celebration, but now the man himself confirmed it – in a squirrely sort of manner – on The Talk:


So now we know: Bail Organa may appear briefly in Rogue One – assuming his shots makes the final cut, that is.

Smits played Bail Organa, the adoptive father of Leia, in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.