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Star Wars Legends Character Joins Star Wars Rebels

The first trailer for  Star Wars Rebels Season 3 has landed online. It was presented during the Star Wars Rebels Celebration Europe panel hosted by Warwick Davis, that included guests Executive Producer and Supervising Director Dave Filoni, Sam Witwer (Darth Maul)as well as  Tiya Sircar (Sabine), and the group had a lot of fun discussing the future of the Rebels universe.

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Star Wars Rebels takes place a few years before Episode IV,and leads up to the formation of the Rebel Alliance. The show follows the crew of Kanan, a ragtag band of rebels – Ezra (Taylor Gray), Hera (Vanessa Marshall), Kanan (Freddie Prinze, Jr.), Sabine (Sircar), Zeb (Steve Blum), and Chopper – who ignite a rebellion against the evil Galactic Empire. They crew was joined in Season 2 by Darth Vader (James Earl Jones), Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein), Darth Maul (Witwer) and Captain Rex (Dee Bradley Baker).

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Dave Filoni talked about continuity throughout the Star Wars universe now, with adjustments being made to Zeb and Sabine’s appearance to be more in line with Rogue One. They also discussed exploring more of Darth Maul’s character, and revealed a new villain …

You can check out the trailer below:


 

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Grand Admiral Thrawn! Grand Admiral Thrawn is a character created by Timothy Zahn for his book Heir to the Empire, which was the first book of a popular trilogy published in the 1990s. Thrawn, a Chiss, is a rare non-human Imperial officer, known for his intelligence and ruthlessness. Rebels takes place before the original movie trilogy, which is of course where Thrawn also resides. When the announcement of new Star Wars films after Disney acquired LucasFilm, the Star Wars Canon was restructured leaving only the films, The Clone Wars and Rebels being canon, while all other properties made before were re-titled Legends and therefore not proper canon. Comics and books released leading up The Force Awakens and after are now canon as well.  With his inclusion in Rebels, he’s officially become part of the Star Wars canon.  Thrawn will be voiced by Lars Mikkelsen — brother of Mads Mikkelsen who is currently starring in Rogue One.

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There are other observations of note from the footage, for instance  it  seems like Wedge Antilles will now be a character in Season 3, and the addition of Bendu, an ancient and powerful new character voiced by Tom Baker (Doctor Who).

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