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‘Star Wars Rebels’ Goes Behind the Scenes to Reveal New Setting Details

It could be a while yet before ‘Star Wars Rebels‘ premieres any official footage or major scoops post-New York Comic-Con, but a few new details of the premise have leaked out from executive producer Greg Weisman, including more on the new animated series’ setting, and designs of both familiar and new locals for ‘Star Wars‘ fans to enjoy.

Though the latter half of the latest ‘Star Wars Rebels’ featurette is mostly devoted to a profile of Weisman’s history with ‘Star Wars’ and other animated projects, it does offer a few details of the ‘Star Wars Rebels’ timeframe. For one, while we’d known the series to take place during Episodes III and IV, we’ll be closer along to ‘A New Hope,’ showcasing the formation of the Rebel Alliance. It certainly sounds like ‘Force Unleashed’ fans might not be too happy with the results.

Here’s the official ‘Star Wars Rebels’ logline:

‘Star Wars Rebels’ continues the epic tradition of the legendary ‘Star Wars’ saga with all-new exciting, action-packed adventures. It is a dark time in the galaxy, as the evil Galactic Empire tightens its grip of power from world to world. As the series begins, Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruling with an iron fist and ruining the lives of its people.

But there are a select few who are brave enough to stand up against the endless Stormtroopers and TIE fighters of the Empire: the clever and motley crew of the starship “Ghost.” Together, this ragtag group will face threatening new villains, have thrilling adventures, and become heroes.

We’ve already seen concept art of the mentioned Millennium Falcon-esque “Ghost,” as well as the new Jedi-hunting “Inquisitor” baddie, but no voice cast has been made official. That said, we previously heard Freddie Prinze Jr., ‘The Butler’ star David Oyelowo, Vanessa Marshall, Taylor Gray and Steven Jay Blum were at least on the short list. Picking up where the now-canceled ‘Clone Wars‘ left off, ‘Star Wars Rebels’ will feature on the creative side screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg (‘X-Men: First Class,’ ‘Elysium‘), who’s writing the first episode, as well as ‘Clone Wars’ supervising director Dave Filoni.

Check out the latest look at ‘Star Wars Rebels’ above, and give us your predictions for the 2014 debut in the comments!

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