Star Wars: Rebels producer promises 'dark' new series … and could we see Darth Vader?

A lot of Star Wars fans are still bummed about the cancellation of Clone Wars, but we’ll have the new animated series Rebels to keep us company soon — and the more we hear, the more we want to see this mystery project.

In a lengthy interview with Entertainment Weekly about the series, executive producer Simon Kinberg (Jumper, Sherlock Holmes) said they’re well aware of how much reverence fans hold for Clone Wars, so they’re planning on a different visual style and storytelling approach for Rebels.

A few things to look for?  Kinberg said the new Disney XD series will go to some “dark places” as it recounts the early days of the Rebel Alliance, while the aesthetics will be heavily inspired by the original trilogy.

Here’s an excerpt from his comments: 

“But the world we’re creating is an Imperial world. 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. We took all our cues from the original films. Obviously there are slight tonal differences between New Hope, Empire and Jedi. But I think the closest intended voice of the show is A New Hope. 

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. It starts with a few character introductions that will precede the show. I wrote the first two episodes, they’re like a one-hour story across two episodes where we introduce the main characters in the show.”

Oh, and what about some potential familiar faces? When asked if Rebels might feature classic baddie Darth Vader (along with his original voice actor James Earl Jones), Kinberg got very cagey. He responded: “I don’t think I’m allowed to answer that. I can say that wherever possible we would want to use the original talent.”

Hmm, now, that is interesting. By setting the series in between the original trilogy and the prequels, Kinberg and company have a wealth of characters who could factor in from both sets of films, to go along with the new characters they’re creating. What do you think? Can this series match the fun of Clone Wars?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)

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