Disney Announces New 'Star Wars Rebels' Animated Series

"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" might be over, but a new "Star Wars" animated series is coming to fill its place.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Disney is developing a new TV series called "Star Wars Rebels" that will premiere on television in 2014. It will first launch as a one-hour special on the Disney Channel, before turning into a TV series on Disney XD.

"Star Wars Rebels" is set to take place in the 20 years between the events of "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" and "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope." According to THR, the animated series is set "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."

Production on the series has reportedly already begun, with Simon Kinberg executive producing "Star Wars Rebels" and writing its first episode. "Star Wars: The Clone Wars'" supervising director Dave Filoni and "Young Justice's" Greg Weisman are also executive producing. No voice actors have been announced as of yet.

"I couldn't be more excited to explore new corners of the 'Star Wars' universe,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement. "I think 'Star Wars Rebels' will capture the look, feel and fun that both kids and their parents love about 'Star Wars.'"

The first footage from "Star Wars Rebels" will be shown at the "Star Wars" Celebration Europe event. Meanwhile, "Star Wars: Episode VII" is expected to hit theaters in summer 2015 with a new "Star Wars" feature film coming out every summer after that.

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