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Disney Reveals Teaser Videos for New Star Wars: Rebels TV Series

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Disney has released two teaser clips from its upcoming new animated series, Star Wars: Rebels, that give us a first look at some of the characters and settings from the show.

Star Wars: Rebels takes place in the time between Star Wars: Episode III and IV as the Empire tightens its grip on the galaxy and a rebellion begins to form. Viewers will see all this happen through the eyes of teenage Ezra, Jedi survivor Kanan, and their friends, the crew of the starship Ghost.

The first two clips are titled “Spark” and “Ignite”:

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Star Wars – The Galaxy Is Not So Far Away Anymore

Editors Note: Chris has added Star Wars to his beat here on The Disney Blog. His first post is a look at what has transpired since Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm. It has been very interesting to watch and compare Disney’s acquisition of Marvel and Lucasfilm.… Read More »Star Wars – The Galaxy Is Not So Far Away Anymore

LucasFilm to Move Star Wars Comics From Dark Horse to Marvel in 2015

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In a move that isn’t quite unexpected, LucasFilm will be moving its Star Wars comic and graphic novel publishing from Dark Horse to Marvel, starting in 2015. Marvel originally published Star Wars comics for nine years, starting in March 1977 with Star Wars #1, which went on to sell more than 1 million copies.

Dark Horse took over the license in 1991, publishing fan favorite titles like Dark Empire and Star Wars: Legacy. They also released The Star Wars #1 last year, which was an adaptation of George Lucas’ original rough-draft screenplay for the film.

LucasFilm, Marvel and Dark Horse announced the transfer in their own press releases.

From LucasFilm:

“Dark Horse Comics published exceptional Star Wars comics for over 20 years, and we will always be grateful for their enormous contributions to the mythos, and the terrific partnership that we had,” said Carol Roeder, director of Lucasfilm franchise publishing, Disney Publishing Worldwide. “In 2015, the cosmic adventures of Luke, Han, Leia, and Chewbacca will make the lightspeed jump back to Marvel, to begin a new age of adventures within the Star Wars universe.”

From Marvel:

“We here at Marvel could not be more excited to continue the publication of Star Wars comic books and graphic novels,” said Marvel Worldwide Publisher and President, Dan Buckley. “The perennial brand of Star Wars is one of the most iconic in entertainment history and we are honored to have the opportunity to bring our creative talent pool to continue, and expand Star Wars into galaxies far, far away.”

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Star Wars Celebration Europe Wraps Up With Big Announcement

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The European edition of Star Wars Celebrations, the official Lucasfilm organized fan event, has just wrapped up. More than 20,000 Star Wars fans from around the world gathered to celebrate their love of the classic stories and the chance to hear a few big announcements about the future of the franchise.

In a Main Stage event hosted by Warwick Davis, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy announced that legendary composer John Williams will return to score the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, to be directed by J.J. Abrams. And one of the Executive Producers from Star Wars Rebels, Dave Filoni, was on hand to guide fans through the genesis of the upcoming animated series, revealing designs heavily influenced by original Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie. While unable to attend in person, Executive Producers Simon Kinberg and Greg Weisman shared their excitement for the series in a video message recorded exclusively for Celebration attendees. Star Wars: Episode VII is slated for a 2015 release and Star Wars Rebels will begin airing on Disney XD starting in fall of 2014.Read More »Star Wars Celebration Europe Wraps Up With Big Announcement