[...] Everyone on the team is so passionate about Rebels, and of course it helps that we are all huge fans of Star Wars! veteran sculptor Darren Marshall, who worked on Star Wars: The Clone Wars prior to its cancellation, developed sculpts for the core characters of Star Wars Rebels before leaving Lucasfilm in June 2013.As of January 2014, the scripts for Season One were halfway completed.Thus, the series was placed between Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, during the reign of the Galactic Empire, though not too close to A New Hope that it would feel repetitive.In contrast to the galaxy-hopping structure of The Clone Wars, it was decided Rebels would depict the Rebellion from one group of characters' point-of-view.Disney XD announced on November 30, 2015, that it had renewed Star Wars Rebels for a third season"…we're going to really show the origins of the rebellion.When our series begins, it's not the Rebel Alliance yet; we start with a group of rebels.Even within the first season, that cast expands, and there are more people, but the focus is still on this small group of rebels who are basically gadflies from the standpoint of the Empire they're fighting." Ezra Bridger is a 15-year-old Force-sensitive Human male street urchin and con-artist on the Imperial-controlled planet Lothal, whose parents were imprisoned by Imperial forces for setting up public broadcasting transmissions speaking out against the Galactic Empire's harsh rule, leaving him to fend for himself for the next eight years before joining as the scout of the Rebel crew of a VCX-100 light freighter called the Ghost, armed with an energy slingshot and later a double-barred guard shoto lightsaber with a built-in stun blaster.Bridger also begins learning the Jedi arts from Kanan Jarrus, Kanan Jarrus is a Force-sensitive Human male.
He survived Order 66 and the extinction of the Jedi Order, compelling him to go into hiding from the Empire before joining the crew of the Ghost."Star Wars Rebels is an adventure show that focuses on a street-smart teenage boy who just might have what it takes to be a Jedi, and who joins a small band of rebels that engages in daring missions of resistance against the evil Galactic Empire." Star Wars Rebels is an animated television series set two to five years before the events of the Star Wars original trilogy, during the time frame between the films Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.The series premiered worldwide as a one-hour television movie, Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion, on Disney Channel on October 3, 2014.Despite this, he is frequently essential in saving the rest of the group from dangerous situations."They wanted to do an animated show and I loved [Cartoon Network's] Clone Wars and grew up with a lot of animated shows.So we just started to talk about where it would fall in the general Star Wars timeline. It could have been a prequel, sequel, a stand-alone universe." which he described in The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars: "My rough idea was to deal with a small number of characters [a Jedi Master and Padawan, a smuggler and his girlfriend, and a Gungan "strongman" called Lunker], have them based on a Millennium Falcon-style smuggling ship, and involve them in black market trade, war espionage, and other stories that existed outside the giant galactic conflict going on in the background." Discussion of where Rebels would fall in the Star Wars timeline led to the decision to center the series around the Rebel Alliance.