With Lucasfilm firmly ensconced in Disney land, production has begun the next animated Star Wars TV series. Two months after The Clone Wars was forced to surrender following a five-year run on Cartoon Network, Star Wars Rebels is massing its forces for a fall 2014 attack. It will premiere as an hourlong special before the series kicks off on Disney XD outlets worldwide. Produced by Lucasfilm Star Wars RebelsAnimation, the action series is set during the nearly two-decade span between Episode III and IV of the Star Wars films — a time frame never chronicled onscreen. The Empire is fortifying its hold on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion is taking shape, but plot details are in the vault (though check out a behind-the-scenes chat with executive producer Dave Filoni  below).

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Writer-producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men First Class, Sherlock Holmes) is an executive producer on the new series and will write the premiere episode. Also taking EP roles are Filoni, who served as supervising director of Clone Wars, and Greg Weisman (Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man). Casting will be announced later. The first public look at Star Wars: Rebels will be at Star Wars Celebration Europe, set for July 26-28 in Messe Essen, Germany.

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