Dave Filoni, the mastermind behind Star Wars Clone Wars and the upcoming Star Wars: Rebels television shows has revealed a bit more about characters and setting in a recent interview. It looks like a lot of the inspiration for design and for settings and plot are being drawn from the classic Ralph McQuarrie drawings that so defined the first Star Wars film. I love everything I read about this series and I’m looking forward to seeing it premiere later this year.Speaking with MoviePilot.de, Filoni says the series will see the return of classic Star Wars ships and how it differs from his previous work on “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.”
Filoni also spoke about the setting for the series, the new planet of 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.”
So far the only confirmed character for the series is the newly-created villain “The Inquisitor,” but now Filoni has revealed another character for the series, a droid named Chopper. You can check out the video below to learn more about “Star Wars Rebels'” Chopper (PICTURED ABOVE).
Set between the events of “Episode III” and “IV,” “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.