Disney is dead serious about their multi-billion dollar Lucasfilm purchase. First, the announcement of a new Star Wars trilogy, then the announcement of yearly films. Today, they’ve announced an animated addition to the Star Wars franchise. Star Wars Rebels will take place during the time frame of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith & Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.
“Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape.”
Much of the creative team of the now cancelled Star Wars: The Clone Wars will join the Star Wars Rebels efforts. The 1 hour pilot will premiere in the Fall of 2014 on Disney Channel before moving to Disney XD.