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Star Wars to bring Rebels to new animated Disney TV series

Disney said on Monday it will produce a new Star Wars animated series to air on television in the fall 2014, giving fans of the science-fiction franchise fresh stories before the next live-action film hits theatres in 2015.
The Straits Times - May 21, 2013
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Star Wars to bring Rebels to new animated Disney TV series

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Disney said on Monday it will produce a new Star Wars animated series to air on television in the fall 2014, giving fans of the science-fiction franchise fresh stories before the next live-action film hits theatres in 2015.

Star Wars Rebels, based on George Lucas' multibillion dollar film franchise, will be set in the two decades between the events of the third and fourth films, where the Empire becomes a dominant force in the galaxy, Disney said.

"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.

The animated series, which will premiere on the Disney Channel and shown across Disney XD channels around the world, will come before a new Star Wars film in 2015.

Star Wars: Episode VII, to be directed by JJ Abrams, is the first of three new Star Wars films announced by Disney in October 2012, when it purchased George Lucas' Lucasfilm company for US$4.05 billion (S$5 billion).

Star Wars has become a cultural phenomenon since the first film was released in 1977, making characters such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Darth Vader, and phrases like "May the force be with you" part of popular culture.

Anticipation is building among the vast Star Warscommunity for the new film, which will be filmed in Britain. The six-film franchise has grossed more than US$4.4 billion at the worldwide box office.

The Disney Channel, Disney XD and Lucasfilm are units of the Walt Disney Co.

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