Production on "Star Wars Rebels" first began in May of last year, but it was known that a premiere was coming in the fall of 2014. Now, with the news that Netflix will soon get "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," talk has heated up yet again about the new series. On Feb. 13, 2014, "Star Wars Rebels" was trending across all social media sites and search engines.
It was just recently announced that Freddie Prinze Jr. would be stepping int to voice the character of Kanan in "Star Wars Rebels." Kanan has been described as a gunslinger full of bravado and the Force.
"For people who are around our age and a bit older, Star Wars is in our DNA," says Prinze, 37. "I've heard 'May the Force be with you' about as many times as 'Hey, how you doing?' "
The new series takes place 14 years after the last of the movie prequels, "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" in 2005. Executive producer Dave Filoni describes Kanan as a main player in "Star Wars Rebels" and as a "cowboy Jedi."
"He's been forced to shove a massive part of his life under the bed, so to speak," Prinze says. "Is he living a lie? At a certain point, the lie kind of becomes the reality. And to suddenly be forced back into your Jedi ways, it'd be a bit of a challenge for him. And pretty awesome, too, when you can see what a Jedi can actually do."
"Star Wars Rebels" will premiere in the fall with a one-hour special on Disney Channel. From there, it will move to half-hour episodes airing on Disney XD.