Star Wars: Clone Wars being abruptly canceled was one of the few off-notes that have occurred since Disney took over stewardship of the property. I think they could have let a full season six wrap up a lot more plotlines. As it is, they did release what was done and have turned at least one planned story arc into a novel (Dark Disciple). Star Wars: Rebels picks up after The Purge during the 20 year gap between Episodes III and IV. I’m looking forward to catching up to the first season, and it has already been announced that season two will see a lot of Vader and the return of his former Padawan, Ahsoka Tano. That’s not going to end well. The first season of the show hits shelves September 1st, and the press release is below.
Walt Disney StudiosLucasfilm Ltd. and Walt Disney Studio Home Entertainment have officially announced that they will release on Blu-ray Star Wars: Rebels – Season One. The two-disc Blu-ray release will be available for purchase on September 1.
In the first groundbreaking season of Star Wars Rebels, young hero Ezra Bridger joins the clever but motley crew of the starship Ghost in their resistance against the Empire. As the series begins, Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruling with an iron fist and ruining the lives of its people. Ezra and his new rebel friends – Hera, Kanan, Sabine, Zeb and Chopper – embark on daring adventures in their fight against oppression across the galaxy, receiving help from familiar heroes such as Lando Calrissian, Ahsoka Tano, and Jedi Master Yoda. Pursued relentlessly by the Imperials and a Jedi hunter called the Inquisitor, this tenacious ragtag band of rebels will find itself in the crosshairs of none other than Darth Vader when Season One closes in a shocking two-part finale.
Star Wars Rebels is created by Dave Filoni (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”), Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Sherlock Holmes”), and Carrie Beck. The Lucasfilm Animation production is also executive-produced by Filoni and Kinberg as well as Greg Weisman (“Gargoyles”).
Featuring the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr. (“I Know What You Did Last Summer”) as Kanan, Vanessa Marshall (TV’s “Young Justice”) as Hera, Steve Blum (“The Boxtrolls”) as Zeb, Tiya Sircar (“The Internship”) as Sabine, Taylor Gray (TV’s “Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures”) as Ezra, David Oyelowo (“Selma”) as Agent Kallus and Jason Isaacs (“Harry Potter”) as the Inquisitor.
Rebels Infiltrates Star Wars Celebration (Blu-ray exclusive)
Season One shorts (Blu-ray exclusive):
“The Machine in the Ghost”
“Property of Ezra Bridger”
Rebels Recon: 14 behind-the-scenes featurettes
Star Wars Rebels – The Ultimate Guide
Star Wars Rebels Season 2 – A Look Ahead