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I always thought Star Wars had missed out a massive chunk of its own story. Sure, we know a rebellion rises up against the Empire, but we never actually got to see how that came about. Well, luckily Disney seem to be filling the void with their Star Wars Rebels animated series.

Producer Simon Kinberg recently caught up with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the show and what we can expect when it debuts in Fall.

Regarding its place in the Star Wars chronology, Kinberg explained they wanted to fill the gap created by the movies and the expanded universe:

That’s where it started — let’s tell the story of the formation of the heroes in the original movies. And that put us in a time line between episode III and IV. You don’t want to be too close to New Hope so that it feels like it’s repetitive, you want to feel like you’re watching the earliest seeds of what will sprout into a full-blown rebellion.

However, he also explained the series would be both thematically and visually different from The Clone Wars television series:

The place we went back to as to a visual template was Ralph McQuarrie, who was one of the original concept artists for the original Star Wars films. His art is softer, a little more figurative, more of a feel of being drawn, less computer generated. The first few movies had a bit of a hand-made quality. We wanted the show to have that… There’s places where we’ve quite literally taken world-creation or vehicles or creatures from his original art that was never used in the films and made that part of show.

He continued:

You’re seeing the impact of the Empire, of stormtroopers around the galaxy, abusing and oppressing people. Thematically and politically, it goes to some dark places. But for the tone of the show we took our cues from the original movies, which had fun and adventure and swashbuckling with emotion and grounded human characters…So there are places where we get into darker backstories, there are places we see how cruel and malevolent the Empire can be, but for the most part it’s a fun and character-driven story. Again taking our cues from the original films, it’s less maybe political than the prequels and more personal.

This sounds like a great idea. Sure, we knew the Empire was evil in Star Wars, but you rarely actually saw why they were so evil - except for their penchant of blowing up planets and wearing sinister black uniforms.

What do you think? Like how this sounds, or would you have preferred a different story to be told? Let us know below.

Source: Entertainment Weekly (via


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