STAR WARS REBELS Movie to Premiere October 3
Admit it, seeing Star Wars: The Clone Wars unceremoniously getting the ax thanks to Disney acquiring all things Lucas was a bit of a bummer, even if you didn’t watch the show regularly. But you know what? Disney made us feel a little better when they announced their own Star Wars cartoon series, Star Wars Rebels, which takes place after Episode 3 and the infamous Order 66. Less exciting after that was when they said it was going to air regularly on Disney XD (some of us don’t have that channel!!!). But we digress. To celebrate the return of an animated Star Wars to the small screen, Disney is premiering a one-hour movie event (worldwide) with Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion on the Disney Channel and Disney XD on Friday, October 3 at 9:00 PM EST.
That’s not all. Lucky Disney XD subscribers will get to watch Spark of Rebellion a little earlier via the Watch Disney XD app starting Monday, September 29.
The story unfolds during a dark time when the evil Galactic Empire is tightening its grip of power on the galaxy. Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet and are ruining the lives of its people. The motley but clever crew of the starship Ghost — cowboy Jedi Kanan, ace pilot Hera, street-smart teenager Ezra, the “muscle” Zeb, warrior firebrand Sabine, and cantankerous old astromech droid Chopper — is among a select few who are brave enough to stand against the Empire. Together, they will face threatening new villains, encounter colorful adversaries, embark on thrilling adventures and become heroes with the power to ignite a rebellion.
The voice cast includes Freddie Prinze Jr. as Kanan, Vanessa Marshall as Hera, Steve Blum as Zeb, Tiya Sircar as Sabine, Taylor Gray as Ezra, David Oyelowo as Agent Kallus, and Jason Isaacs as the Inquisitor.
Spark of Rebellion received rave reviews at San Diego Comic-Con for its story and overall feel and look of the series, which is akin to the classic Star Wars trilogy. The series’ designs are influenced by the artwork of original Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie.
The schedule of Star Wars Rebels leading up to the series premiere are below:
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
· Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion one-hour movie will be available to verified users on WATCHDisneyXD.com and the WATCH Disney XD app for smartphones and tablets. It will also be available on Disney Channel SVOD.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3
· Premiere telecast of the one-hour movie Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion (9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4
· Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion will be available on Disney XD VOD and for purchase through Apple iTunes, Amazon Instant Video and Google Play.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 6
· Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) premieres on Disney XD.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 13
· Star Wars Rebels (9:00 p.m., ET/PT) series premieres on Disney XD.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14
· Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion will be available to own on DVD in retailers nationwide. The DVD includes the movie, a free Ghost 3D model ship, four “Star Wars Rebels” shorts, plus a never-before-seen piece that takes you deeper into the world of “Star Wars Rebels” and the upcoming season.