New 'Star Wars Rebels' Trailer: Obi-Wan Kenobi Returns!

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Disney XD's forthcoming 'Star Wars' animated series 'Star Wars Rebels' gives us one of our first major canonical looks into the period between trilogies, but even with a brand-new cast of characters, it wouldn't be the same without some major 'Star Wars' names. See for yourself how Obi-Wan Kenobi makes his presence known in the series with a brand-new extended trailer for 'Star Wars Rebels!'

There's a good deal to appreciate in the new trailer for the series, as James Arnold Taylor reprises the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi for what looks like a recorded message about Order 66 and the fall of the Republic, amid a flurry of new footage. Sure, there's your grown-worthy trope inclusion of our hero being an orphan, and 'A New Hope' namedrop landing like an anvil, but it's at least fun to have some Wookiees in the mix, or another look at our new villains.

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.), Luke Skywalker-esque Ezra Bridger (Noah Taylor), 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.

We'll learn more from the 'Star Wars Rebels' panel at Comic-Con 2014, but what say you? Are you happy to see Obi-Wan Kenobi back in some form for the new series? Watch the new trailer above, and give us your thoughts on 'Star Wars Rebels' in the comments!

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