A new “Star Wars” series is coming to television. Disney announced plans today for the new show, set to arrive in fall 2014 — before the scheduled 2015 date for the next “Star Wars” movie, Reuters reports.
The new series, “Star Wars Rebels,” is animated and “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,” Reuters reports.
In a statement, Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said: "I think ‘Star Wars Rebels’ will capture the look, feel and fun that both kids and their parents love about ‘Star Wars.’"
The series is set to premiere on the Disney Channel, with additional airings on Disney XD channels around the world, the report notes.
The piece adds: "’Star Wars: Episode VII,’ to be directed by J.J. Abrams, is the first of three new ‘Star Wars’ films announced by Disney in October 2012, when it purchased George Lucas’ Lucasfilm company for $4.05 billion.”