When LucasFilm and Disney XD announced last month that Star Wars Rebels is debuting in 2014, little was revealed about the characters in this new animated adventure series. Insiders now claim that most of the main cast will be made up of teenagers who set forth in bringing together Rebel Alliiance.
The reason for utilizing teenage characters is to draw in a younger audience for this sci-fi adventure. The story is set between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, when the Empire is hunting down the last few remaining Jedi Knights in existence, while, at the same time, a rebellion is brewing against the Empire. No specific character details were revealed, but it's quite possible that we'll see some of the more popular X-Wing fighters who were introduced during the raid on the Death Star in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, like Wedge, Biggs, and Porkins. Or at least relatives of the popular trio who have gained their own following over the years.
Simon Kinberg created the series and will serve as an executive producer alongside Star Wars: Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni and Greg Weisman. Several "key talents" from Star Wars: Clone Wars are said to be involved, but no specific announcements have been made.
The news comes on the heels of a report from yesterday that revealed casting breakdowns for some of lead characters in Star Wars: Episode VII, some of which are also teenagers.