Not every guardian of peace and justice was lost to the tragedy of Order 66. Introducing Kanan, a survivor of the Emperor’s Jedi purge and one of the main characters of Star Wars Rebels. (http://starwars.com/)

Kanan, voiced by Freddie Prinze, Jr., is a less traditional Force-wielder than fans are used to seeing. He carries a blaster, is a little sarcastic, and keeps his past a secret. “I like to call Kanan ‘the cowboy Jedi,’” says executive producer Dave Filoni. As shown in this video, his Jedi robes are long gone, replaced with armor and a holster, though a samurai-like ponytail hints at his Jedi Knight origins.

In Star Wars Rebels, set between Episode III and IV, Kanan has been underground for years, evading the Empire. If the Imperials become aware of his existence “he’s going to get killed,” says art director Kilian Plunkett. He still has his lightsaber, but no longer uses it for fear of revealing his true identity — and has ultimately forsaken the ways of the Jedi Order.

Star Wars Rebels will show Kanan’s journey as he rediscovers himself, just as a rebellion begins to form against the Empire. According to Filoni, “He’s a gunslinger that needs to put the gun away and pick up the sword again, and fight for noble causes and selfless causes.” But what will happen when he chooses to reignite his Jedi weapon, fighting once again for a greater purpose?

Star Wars Rebels is scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel and will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.

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  1. February 13, 2014 at 9:47 am — Reply

    This could be good. I was a little worried when I saw the tagline. Then again, it could be Han Solo as a Jedi if done wrong.

  2. February 13, 2014 at 9:49 am — Reply

    I like this approach. We have seen enough dudes in monk robes already.

  3. February 13, 2014 at 1:45 pm — Reply

    “Kanan, voiced by Freddie Prinze, Jr., is a less traditional Force-wielder than fans are used to seeing.”

    That assumes the fans haven’t read any of the comics or novels, played any of the video games, seen any of the RPG source books…

  4. clubberlang6
    February 13, 2014 at 6:29 pm — Reply

    I seriously enjoyed Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic. It was a 2003 game but it was p.h.a.t fat!!!!!

  5. Laughlin
    February 15, 2014 at 12:45 am — Reply

    The premise of this show irritates me. I fear that these main characters are going to “help form the Rebellion.” This is kind of already done by Garm bel Iblis, Mon Mothma and Bail Organa. I don’t want this show to steamroll EU continuity like its predecessor, The Clone Wars.

    • February 16, 2014 at 9:35 pm — Reply

      It isn’t just EU material either, since there was a couple of hints in Episode III, with more shown in deleted scenes and the novelization of the movie (movie novelizations are apparently considered part of G-Canon, the canon of the movies, rather than C-Canon, the canon of the EU, even though they usually contain more info than what was shown in the movies themselves, although I’m not sure if the canon levels still hold true with Disney).

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