Continuing the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga, an exciting animated one-hour movie Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion will be available first to verified users on WATCHDisneyXD.com and the WATCH Disney XD app beginning Monday, September 29. WATCH Disney XD allows consumers to watch on tablet, phones, computer and set top boxes.

The global television debut of Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion is set for Friday, October 3 (9:00 p.m., ET/PT in the U.S.) on Disney Channels around the world, ushering in the series Star Wars Rebels beginning Monday, October 13 (9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD. The series will air in 34 languages across 163 countries in over 400 million households.

The television movie garnered rave reviews at last month's San Diego Comic-Con fan event for its story (set between the events of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope) and its look -- akin to the classic Star Wars trilogy. The series designs are influenced by the work of original Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie.

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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.

Star Wars Rebels is created by Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past), and Carrie Beck. The Lucasfilm Animation production is also executive-produced by Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg as well as Greg Weisman (Bionicle: Mask Of Light).

The talented voice cast includes Freddie Prinze Jr. as Kanan, Vanessa Marshall as Hera, Steve Blum as Zeb, Tiya Sircar as Sabine, Taylor Gray as Ezra, David Oyelowo as Agent Kallus and Jason Isaacs as the Inquisitor.

The multi-platform schedule in the U.S. is:

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion one-hour movie will be available to verified users on WATCHDisneyXD.com and the WATCH Disney XD app for smartphones and tablets. It will also be available on Disney Channel SVOD.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3

Premiere telecast of the one-hour movie Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion (9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4

Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion will be available on Disney XD VOD and for purchase through Apple iTunes, Amazon Instant Video and Google Play.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 6

Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) premieres on Disney XD.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 13

Star Wars Rebels (9:00 p.m., ET/PT) series premieres on Disney XD.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14

Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion will be available to own on DVD in retailers nationwide. The DVD includes the movie, a free Ghost 3D model ship, four Star Wars Rebels shorts, plus a never-before-seen piece that takes you deeper into the world of "Star Wars Rebels" and the upcoming season.

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