The title of Lucasfilm's upcoming animated series Star Wars: Rebels is loaded with extra meaning.
Not only is the show about the formation of the Rebel Alliance, taking place in the narrative space between Episodes III and IV, the title also riffs on the main characters. I've learned that most of them are teenagers. Rebellious teenagers? Well, that's the reference, at least.
Star Wars has often been about teens. All of Luke's first scenes are generation gap stuff, and the Annakin story saw him turning to the dark side when at his most hormonally fluctuous.
The Episode VII casting call I scored yesterday also featured a number of young characters. It's really the norm for Star Wars to be about youth.
But still, I dare say the replacement of Clone Wars with a Disney-produced, young skewing show is going to generate some fuss. A lot of Star Wars fans aren't too comfortable with their beloved galaxy being child friendly.
You know, I do understand that Rebels targets a rather young audience – think about some of the other shows on Disney XD – but I also expect it will still play to older fans. Don't expect a Jar-Jar character, just a lot of youthful protagonists being teens at the same time as sci-fi heroes. And maybe the older audience will also dig the appearances from characters we already know…
I hope we'll see something from Rebels at the Celebration Star Wars-con in Messe Essen next month. In fact, Celebration is shaping up to be a heck of show, with Mark Hamill the latest guest confirmed to appear. What could he be there for, do you think? Hmm?
Incidentally, Rebels' Dave Filoni will be at Celebration too. That's one of his concept sketches for the show up at the head of this post.