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I’ve said before that I’m still heartbroken about the cancelation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, but I do admit that I’m excited for Star Wars Rebels. From some of the Star Wars: Episode VII rumors out there (I won’t spoil them in this article, but if you want to look, they’re over here), it appears that a certain character in the animated series may inspire a bad guy or three in the film. Today we got the official premiere date for the series, as well as a special to get us ready.

According to a press release from Disney, Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion, a one-hour animated movie will premiere on Disney XD on Friday, October 3 (9:00 p.m., ET/PT in the U.S.). The series itself will premiere on Monday, October 13 (9:00 p.m., ET/PT). The series designs are influenced by the work of original Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie. I got a chance to check out his original Star Wars poster up at Rancho Obi-Wan in Sonoma County, CA a while back and it’s incredible!

Here is the official synopsis: “The story unfolds during a dark time when the evil Galactic Empire is tightening its grip of power on the galaxy. Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet and are ruining the lives of its people. The motley but clever crew of the starship Ghost — cowboy Jedi Kanan, ace pilot Hera, street-smart teenager Ezra, the “muscle” Zeb, warrior firebrand Sabine, and cantankerous old astromech droid Chopper — is among a select few who are brave enough to stand against the Empire. Together, they will face threatening new villains, encounter colorful adversaries, embark on thrilling adventures and become heroes with the power to ignite a rebellion.”

Will you guys be watching?

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Jenna Busch

Jenna Busch is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Legion of Leia and has hosted and written for sites like Nerdist, ComingSoon.net, Metro, Birth. Movies. Death., IGN, AOL, Huffington Post and more. She co-hosted Cocktails With Stan with the legendary Stan Lee and has appeared on Attack of the Show, Fresh Ink, Tabletop with Wil Wheaton, in the documentary She Makes Comics, on NPR and Al Jazeera America, and has covered film/TV/gaming/comics for years. She's currently a co-host on Most Craved. She's been published in the comics anthology Womanthology, is a chapter author for Star Wars Psychology: Dark Side of the Mind, Game of Thrones Psychology and Star Trek Psychology and more, and owns a terrifying amount of swords and 20-sided dice. There are also those My Little Pony trailer voice overs that give one nightmares.

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