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Star Wars: Rebels behind-the-scenes video reveals the show's main villain, The Inquisitor

10.12.2013by:

UPDATE: Official annoucement below!

Earlier this week we got our first short peek at the new Star Wars animated series, Star Wars: Rebels, and today we have our first good look at the show's villain, The Inquisitor. The reveal came in the form of a behind-the-scenes video from the official Star Wars You Tube channel, which looks at the inner workings of the production crew on the series, many of which are Clone Wars alumni. They discuss utilizing the "era of the Empire," particularly using the famed Imperials, Storm Troopers, and spacecraft that many of us grew up with from the original trilogy before giving the big reveal of the new "marquee villain."

Check it out:

Pretty cool, no? I'm sure there will be some negative reactions, comparisons to Kratos from God of War and/or a male version of Asajj Ventress, and general disdain that follows Star Wars wherever it goes, but I'm game. Mostly, I'm just so damn sick of the Clone Wars era that I'll take just about anything that distances itself from it. And, although I think this new series is a step in the right direction in terms of the timeframe, it makes me yearn for a new stable of characters in the upcoming trilogy, which kicks off with STAR WARS: EPISODE VII in 2015.

Star Wars: Rebels is scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, and will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.

Official announcement!:

The next great villain from a galaxy far, far away is here. Fans attending Lucasfilm's Star Wars Rebels panel today at New York Comic Con got the world's first look at the Inquisitor, a black-clad, intimidating figure who will play a prominent role in the upcoming animated series. In a special video (available below) screened at the end of the panel, Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni officially revealed the character, showing a sculpted maquette, design sketches, and disclosing that the Inquisitor is "tasked by Darth Vader to hunt down the remaining Jedi Knights."

The panel, hosted by Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo, focused on the Empire and how it is central to the story of Star Wars Rebels. Hidalgo revealed that the series takes place about 14 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, a time in which the Emperor's rule is secure and the Empire is seeking to expand its power to Outer Rim territories. That leads Imperial forces to Lothal, a poor planet that initially welcomes the Empire on the promise of security and prosperity. It soon becomes obvious, however, that the Empire does not have Lothal's best interests at heart, as the Imperials exploit its people and begin recruiting young citizens to join TIE fighter and Stormtrooper academies, or to work in the Sienar Fleet Systems factory -- which builds TIE fighters -- in the planet's capital. Hidalgo showed new art focusing on Lothal, including the planet itself, a town, and alleyways, as well as an Empire recruitment poster.

The show is fully embracing the Star Wars legacy, taking direct inspiration from the original trilogy and its concept artist Ralph McQuarrie. Hidalgo displayed new Star Wars Rebels imagery and animation models for Stormtroopers, Star Destroyers, TIE fighters, and TIE fighter pilots, all of which fit seamlessly with classic Star Wars. Additionally, Hidalgo introduced several new Imperial vehicles and designs created for the series: the All Terrain Defense Pod (AT-DP), a ground attack walker based on an early Joe Johnston (the filmmaker who designed Boba Fett's armor and speeder bikes, and made other major contributions to Star Wars) illustration from 1979; the new AT-DP pilot, which blends designs of the classic AT-AT walker driver from Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and the AT-ST walker pilot from Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi; the Imperial Troop Transport, which comes from an early Kenner toy that was actually not based on designs from the films; and the Imperial freighter, a reimagining of an Imperial-style craft designed for Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace by concept artist Doug Chiang, featuring a dock to transport TIE fighters from system to system.

If anything was made clear at today's panel, it's that the Empire is back -- thanks to Star Wars Rebels.

Extra Tidbit: Remember how mysterious and cool The Clone Wars sounded in Episode IV? Yeah, how you like it now, eh?
Source: Star Wars

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5:20PM on 10/13/2013
Show looks cool. It made me realize I can't wait for a teaser trailer to the next Star Wars, though I wish I was in a theater watching a movie and it appeared before the film and surprised me, instead of knowing I'm about to watch it bc I'm downloading it. I guess I'll live...
Show looks cool. It made me realize I can't wait for a teaser trailer to the next Star Wars, though I wish I was in a theater watching a movie and it appeared before the film and surprised me, instead of knowing I'm about to watch it bc I'm downloading it. I guess I'll live...
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8:42AM on 10/13/2013

Sick and tired of the Clone Wars era, but enjoyed the shows

As many others have commented, THE CLONE WARS was actually a pretty enjoyable show (once you lost Jar Jar Binks, Truman Capote the Hutt and the pointless lightsaber battles) but George Lucas drove it into the ground with some lame storytelling. It could have been much cooler than it ended up becoming.

Now that Lucas has put himself out of the way (mostly), I hope STAR WARS: REBELS can regain the mojo this series has lost.
As many others have commented, THE CLONE WARS was actually a pretty enjoyable show (once you lost Jar Jar Binks, Truman Capote the Hutt and the pointless lightsaber battles) but George Lucas drove it into the ground with some lame storytelling. It could have been much cooler than it ended up becoming.

Now that Lucas has put himself out of the way (mostly), I hope STAR WARS: REBELS can regain the mojo this series has lost.
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12:57AM on 10/13/2013
I wish the style deviated a little more from the look of the Clone Wars series, but I totally understand them wanting to make it consistent. It looks like this villain could be Utapaun, which would be awesome. Always thought the design of those guys was suitably sinister. There's a lot of potential in a partnership between Dave Filoni and Greg Weisman, crossing my fingers for this one. I wasn't a fan of the Clone Wars and stopped watching early on, but I do know the general consensus is that it
I wish the style deviated a little more from the look of the Clone Wars series, but I totally understand them wanting to make it consistent. It looks like this villain could be Utapaun, which would be awesome. Always thought the design of those guys was suitably sinister. There's a lot of potential in a partnership between Dave Filoni and Greg Weisman, crossing my fingers for this one. I wasn't a fan of the Clone Wars and stopped watching early on, but I do know the general consensus is that it got a whole ton better. I've nothing against it really, but am looking forward to this new series.
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9:03PM on 10/12/2013
I love that Filoni is a fan of the established EU, and works within it as much as be can. Imperial inquisitors have been around since at least Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight.
I love that Filoni is a fan of the established EU, and works within it as much as be can. Imperial inquisitors have been around since at least Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight.
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