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New 'Star Wars' animated TV series on horizon


You just knew "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" wasn't going to be the last animated "Star Wars" series from Lucasfilm. On Monday, the company announced it is working on a brand new TV series set to debut in the fall of 2014 on Disney and Disney XD channels.

"Star Wars Rebels" will give fans of George Lucas' sci-fi franchise fresh stories before the next live-action film hits theaters in 2015. "Rebels" is set in the two decades between events of the third and fourth films, where the Empire becomes a dominant force in the galaxy, Lucasfilm said in its release.

"I think 'Star Wars Rebels' will capture the look, feel and fun that both kids and their parents love about 'Star Wars,'" Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said in a statement.

Dave Filoni, who served as supervising director of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," will executive produce the new series. Joining him as executive producers are Greg Weisman ("Young Justice," "The Spectacular Spider-Man," "Gargoyles") and screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg ("X-Men: First Class," "Sherlock Holmes"), who also will write the premiere episode. Filoni discusses the "Rebels" team in the video above.

The time between "Episode III" and "Episode IV" has never been explored on-screen, Lucasfilm said. "Star Wars Rebels" takes place when "the Empire is ... hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape," the release said. Lucasfilm, and Filoni in the video, aren’t revelaing much else at this point about the "closely guarded secret."

The upcoming film "Star Wars: Episode VII" will be directed by J.J. Abrams, whose "Star Trek Into Darkness" is getting rave reviews at the moment. "Episode VII" is the first of three new "Star Wars" films announced by Disney in October 2012 when it purchased Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion.

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