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Today we’ve got a great new video from ‘Star Wars Rebels‘! In it we meet Kanan, the Jedi that will be a central figure in the series as well as some details of the actor who will be voicing him  – Freddie Prinze Jr. (‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’, ‘Scooby-Doo’)! Early word on the series is that it will have a much darker tone than ‘Clone Wars‘ which makes me wonder how a cowboy Jedi gunslinger (as Prinze describes his character) will end up fitting into that scenario? Of course it is a cartoon for Disney so that has to be factored in as well.

The show will be debuting this fall as a one hour special on the Disney Channel. Prinze is excited about the show as he states, “For people who are around our age and a bit older, Star Wars is in our DNA. I’ve heard ‘May the Force be with you’ about as many times as ‘Hey, how you doing?” If that doesn’t scream passion maybe the scars on his face from when he was a little over eager in having a lightsaber fight as a 4-year-old will help convince you that he loves this world that takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

According to the storyline for ‘Star Wars Rebels’, Kanan went into hiding at the same time that Yoda and Obi-Wan did. While he’s been keeping his lightsaber locked up, the Jedi instead continues to run around with guns so as to not draw the type of attention being a Jedi would. However, that doesn’t last too long in the series as Prinze reveals:

“He’s been forced to shove a massive part of his life under the bed, so to speak. Is he living a lie? At a certain point, the lie kind of becomes the reality. And to suddenly be forced back into your Jedi ways, it’d be a bit of a challenge for him. And pretty awesome, too, when you can see what a Jedi can actually do.”

So it sounds a bit like Han Solo with Jedi powers, which is a good fit for this character. While Prinze said he would have taken any role on the show he’s particularly pleased with playing a Jedi:

“…the Jedi is who you want to be. I never wanted to be C-3PO. That would suck to just be running from bad guys.”

Prinze is also prepping his 4-year old daughter Charlotte for the new series by having her watch the original ‘Star Wars’  trilogy “so she can know just how awesome a lightsaber is and she can know just how awesome her daddy is for the rest of his life.” Now that is parenting done right if you ask me!

You can check out some early artwork and hear Freddie Prinze Jr. in action in the video below!


‘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.

Are you getting excited about what we’ll be seeing in the show? Share your thoughts below!

Source: USA Today