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Disney XD’s ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Debuts First 7 Minutes Online

Disney’s upcoming animated ‘Star Wars‘ TV series ‘Star Wars Rebels‘ gave attendees of Comic-Con 2014 an extended preview of its fall debut, but what of those not lucky enough to attend the big show? Now, you can get an early look at the next generation of ‘Star Wars’ animation with a full 7-minute preview of Disney XD’s newest chapter in the saga, ‘Star Wars Rebels!’

Taking a page or two from the opening of ‘A New Hope,’ the first 7 minutes of Disney XD’s ‘Star Wars Rebels’ introduces us both to the scrappy Aladdin-esque heroics of young Ezra Bridger (Noah Taylor), as well as the more outright villainy of the increasingly callous Empire. Along the way, Ezra’s attempts to steal from the Imperials put him at crossed paths our titular ‘Rebels,’ and sets a TIE fighter on his tail for the trouble.

Premiering this fall on Disney XD, ‘Star Wars Rebels’ features a cast that includes “Ghost” pilot Hera (Vanessa Marshall), brutish and brilliant Zeb (Steve Blum), spunky Mandalorian Sabine (Tiya Sircar), “cowboy Jedi” Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.), along with the crew’s feisty droid Chopper. ‘The Butler’ star David Oyelowo will play the recurring villain Agent Kallus, while ‘Harry Potter‘ baddie Jason Isaacs voices the Jedi-hunting Inquisitor.

Picking up where the now-canceled ‘Clone Wars‘ left off, ‘Star Wars Rebels’ will feature screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg (‘X-Men: Days of Future Past‘), who wrote the first episode, on the creative side. Elsewhere, here’s everything we know from the official ‘Star Wars Rebels’ logline:

‘Star Wars Rebels’ continues the epic tradition of the legendary ‘Star Wars’ saga with all-new exciting, action-packed adventures. It is a dark time in the galaxy, as the evil Galactic Empire tightens its grip of power from world to world. As the series begins, Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruling with an iron fist and ruining the lives of its people.

But there are a select few who are brave enough to stand up against the endless Stormtroopers and TIE fighters of the Empire: the clever and motley crew of the starship “Ghost.” Together, this ragtag group will face threatening new villains, have thrilling adventures, and become heroes.

You can check out our full report from the ‘Star Wars Rebels’ panel at Comic-Con 2014, but what do you think? Does the new series capture that classic trilogy spirit? Watch the first seven minutes above, and give us your thoughts on ‘Star Wars Rebels’ in the comments!

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