Lucasfilm has posted another behind-the-scenes video for their upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels which features executive producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) talking not only about why he loves Star Wars but also about what we can expect from the new animated series.
He calls Darth Vader the greatest villain in the history of storytelling, and that that legacy went into creating the Inquisitor. They wanted him to be formidable and terrifying, but also show that it’s possible for anyone to end up like him, which makes him more terrifying.
Favorite Star Wars film? “Empire Strikes Back without question,” Kinberg says, citing the drama between Vader and Luke Skywalker as the most resonant story in the films.
Favorite character? “Han, because he is everything that every guy ever wanted to be.” Kinberg loves his look and his Western vibe.
Ultimately, he sees Star Wars Rebels as having an important task. “Rebels is going to be the first point of entry for a new generation of Star Wars fans,” he says, “and it will hopefully be a point of return for existing Star Wars fans.”
The 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.
Star Wars Rebels will be produced by Lucasfilm Animation, featuring many of the key talents that made “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” It is scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, and will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.