STAR WARS: REBELS Teaser Promises Jedi, The Force

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In 2014, we'll see the first episode of Star Wars: Rebels, the newest venture from Lucasfilm Animation, and their first under Disney. The series comes from an animation dream team of Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Greg Weisman (Young Justice, Gargoyles), plus possibly the busiest geek in Hollywood Simon Kinberg, who just finished X-Men: Days of Future Past, and is also working on Fantastic Four as well as at least one of the live-action Star Wars features in early development.

Today, we can see a short, 16 second teaser trailer for the series, which while it doesn't reveal much, does give us confirmation that despite the timeframe of the series, there will be Jedi included.

Star Wars: Rebels takes place between the live-action films Episode III and Episode IV. During this era, as explored in the "expanded universe" of comic books, novels, and video games, the remaining Jedi not killed in the initial "Order 66" as depicted at the end of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith are hunted down by Darth Vader and his agents, while the Empire expands its influence. In fact, the multimedia series Star Wars: The Force Unleashed which began life as a video game shows the birth of the Rebel Alliance, as one of Vader's agents, his secret apprentice Starkiller, turns against the dark side and is reborn as a Jedi.

It's likely that Star Wars: Rebels won't follow that storyline, however, as Disney has already said that their projects going forward will largely, if not entirely ignore the existing expanded universe. If parts of that story do stick around, this story will probably take place parallel to that one, as pockets of rebel activity form all across the galaxy.

Regardless, that's all conjecture here, as we literally have 16 seconds that establish only a few things: the Empire is growing, there are some Jedi still around, the Force is still strong, and a Rebel Alliance is forming. Check out the short teaser below, and stay tuned for more from New York Comic Con this weekend.

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