There's still so much we have to learn about the new Star Wars Rebels animated series, but so far everything that has been revealed looks and sounds awesome! Thanks to executive producer Dave Filoni, we now have some new details on the series, including the reveal of a new character.
While talking to MoviePilot.de, Filoni says the series will see the return of classic Star Wars ships and that the tone of the series will be different from The Clone Wars.
"We will see many things that are famous to Star Wars, but have not appeared on screen in a while. Star Destroyers, TIE Fighters, and Stormtroopers - basically the Empire is back and that is a big change, since, for many years, we have only seen the Republic in action. The tone of the series is also different. The Clone Wars got very dark as we headed towards the end of the war and the downfall of the Jedi. Star Wars Rebels brings back the banter and faster pace that the original films were famous for."
I kind of liked the dark tone of The Clone Wars, but I'm sure there will still be some dark elements amongst the banter. The villain they have seems like he could be a pretty terrifying dude. Filoni went on to talk about the setting for the series and the new planet Lothal.
"Rebels takes place in the Outer Rim. The audience typically thinks of Tatooine as the place where Luke Skywalker grew up, when the Outer Rim is mentioned. We are on a more civilized planet, and one that profited from the Empire’s existence in the beginning. Most of the stories take place on the planet Lothal, which is a grass planet with large monolithic stones on the surface. The look comes from some Ralph McQuarrie concept paintings that were done for the original Star Wars films. We tried to make Lothal look and feel like a planet that would have been in the original film trilogy. It’s alien, but you feel like it’s someplace that you could visit on Earth geographically. Hoth, Tatooine, and Endor are all like this, so we think it fits in well."
The only confirmed character of the series until today has been the villain The Inquisitor, but Filoni has new revealed a character named Chopper, who happens to be a droid. You can check out the video below to learn more about him.
The highly anticipated series is set between the events of Episode III and IV -- "an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen. It 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."