Can’t get enough of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on the big screen? Then you’ll be delighted to know that “Star Wars Rebels” will be featuring more tie-ins to the hit movie with its mid-season offering at Disney XD.
Now on its second season, “Rebels” is set 14 years after “Revenge of the Sith” and three years before “A New Hope.” The main “Rebels” story centers on a ragtag team made up of cowboy Jedi Kanan (voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr.), ace pilot Hera (Vanessa Marshall), street-smart Ezra (Taylor Gray), the “muscle” Zeb (Steven Blum), warrior Sabine (Tiya Sircar) and a grumpy old astromech droid Chopper. Together, they become heroes with the power to ignite a rebellion.
Not only will fans be getting a glimpse of a young Princess Leia long before her days as a general in the upcoming episode on “A Princess on Lothal,” but a cross-guard lightsaber, Master Yoda, and Darth Vader and a host of familiar characters and Star Wars artifacts that link audiences with the mammoth movie franchise will also be making an appearance on the show.
The new mid-season trailer for “Star Wars Rebels” bridges the old with the new by showing Ezra activating a lightsaber much like Kylo Ren’s red cross-guard lightsaber, but in green. I guess the ‘force’ really renders itself according to what side you’re on. Will find out soon enough if this theory is correct.
“I wanted to put a nod to this new history we’re seeing in ‘The Force Awakens,'” executive producer Dave Filoni told Entertainment Weekly. “Here you find a sword we’ve encountered before and it gives a little more context to something that turns up later.”
It will surely be one great season that will lead us wanting for more as we see how the story unfolds in the Star Wars galaxy, and how the lives of our favorite characters are closely linked than we have previously imagined. Rebels returns on Disney XD on Wednesday.