Zeb is a new alien character that is being introduced into the new Star Wars Rebels animated series. He's a part of an alien race that has previously been unseen in the Star Wars universe. What's really cool about this character design is that it's actually based on one from Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie, and it's one of the original sketches for what Chewbacca might have looked like in the original Star Wars film. I've included a video below featuring the crew of the series talking about Zeb, and the role he will play in the series.
The character will be voiced by Steve Blum, who is most famous for playing characters such as Wolverine, Spike Spiegel, Starscream, and more. This is what the actor had to say about the character he will be playing in an interview with IGN,
"I think I actually screamed when I was booked to play Zeb. It is literally a role of a lifetime. I've been lucky enough to play some major superhero roles in my career, but to be given the chance to play a new character in a Star Wars series? Brain explosion. As if working on a Star Wars series - in any capacity - wasn't enough to cause a grown man to squee, Zeb challenges every acting skill in my arsenal and beyond. His character design is amazing. I get to vocally take on ape-like physical power and abilities, a wicked sense of humor, intelligence and integrity, and so much more that I can't yet reveal. The attention to detail from the entire production team is inspiring. Every bit of minutia is carefully crafted to satisfy the most discerning fan of the franchise. I'm humbled and honored to be a part of the Rebels crew. I promise I will dig as deep as I'm allowed to give you guys the performance I would hope for as a fan. Get ready, guys. You're in for one helluva ride."
Star Wars Rebels is set to premiere this fall as a one hour special on Disney Channel. Shortly after it will be back on Disney XD as a series.
Set between the events of Episode III and IV — an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen – Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape.