LucasFilm and Disney XD announced today that the first trailer for Star Wars Rebels will debut on Star Wars Day, May 4th. We also have promo artwork featuring all of the main characters and three new photos from this highly-anticipated animated series. If that wasn't enough, Tiya Sircar, who is voicing Madolorian weapons expert Sabine, spoke with USA Today about taking on this role. Check out these photos, Tiya Sircar's interview and the official press release below.
Tiya Sircar, who signed on to play Sabine back in February, revealed that her red carpet appearance at last weekend's Radio Disney Music Awards gave her the chance to see a Stormtrooper up close and in person.
"I had never seen a Stormtrooper in real life. They were lovely."
Sabine is one of the crew members aboard the Ghost, along with Jedi Kanan Jarrus (Freddie Prinze Jr.), young con artist Ezra Bridger (Taylor Gray), the gruff alien Zeb Orrelios (Steve Blum), Twi'lek pilot Hera Syndulla (Vanessa Marshall) and a new droid named Chopper. They are all members of the nascent Rebel Alliance, who are trying to steer clear of the Galactic Empire and the new villain known as The Inquisitor.
Out of all these Rebels, Tiya Sircar may be the most rebellious. She is trained in combat but also uses graffiti artwork to let the Empire know exactly who they are fighting, which was one of the traits that drew Tiya Sircar to the role.
"I love her. She does everything with flair. When she's blowing stuff up, she's doing it artfully."
The actress added that each member of the Ghost crew has their own reasons for joining the Rebel Alliance, teasing that Sabine joined for very serious reasons.
"I can't wait for people to find out why she's part of this Rebel crew. It's serious stuff."
She believes that fans are intrigued by Sabine because of her Mandalorian heritage.
"She's a chick Mandalorian, so that makes it more interesting, and everyone's very familiar with Boba Fett."
She also talked about being one of two female characters, along with Vanessa Marshall's Hera Syndulla, while fans of the original trilogy only had Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia to look up to as a female role model.
"(I'm glad that fans have) two kick-butt kind of girl characters. I hope fans are really going to get on board with them."
After she won the role, the actress immersed herself in George Lucas' full universe, after growing up with the original trilogy. When asked how big of a Star Wars nerd she is now, the actress had this to say.
"Now? 11. Vanessa and Freddie, they know everything. I would dare say they know almost as much as (Star Wars Rebels executive producer) Dave Filoni does, and Dave Filoni is the encyclopedia on Star Wars everything. Our very first (recording) session, those three went on and on. I was impressed and also intimidated. Literally I was like, 'I need to up my game here.' I'm getting there, and I fully realize why people are crazy about it."
Finally, you can take a look at the full press release regarding the Star Wars Rebels trailer premiere below.
The rebellion begins this Sunday. The trailer for the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels will premiere in a global, multiplatform debut on Star Wars Day, Sunday, May 4th -- also known as "May the 4th Be With You," the unofficial fan-driven holiday celebrating Star Wars.
In the U.S., Disney XD will feature the Star Wars Rebels trailer during its premiere of LEGO's Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles at 7:00 p.m., ET/PT. Additionally, the trailer will air on Disney Channel, ABC, ABC Family, Fusion, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3 at varying times throughout the day.
The trailer will also debut on Disney XD and Disney Channels in countries spanning across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and Australia -- reaching approximately 105 million households in over 50 countries, across six continents and over 20 time zones!
ABC's Good Morning America will air an exclusive 30-second sneak peek at the trailer on Friday, May 2nd.
Star Wars Rebels continues the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga with all-new exciting, action-packed adventures. It is a dark time in the galaxy, as the evil Galactic Empire tightens its grip of power from world to world. As the series begins, Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruling with an iron fist and ruining the lives of its people. The clever and motley crew of the starship Ghost is amongst a select few who are brave enough to stand against the Empire. Together, this ragtag group will face threatening new villains, encounter colorful adversaries, embark on thrilling adventures and become heroes with the power to ignite a rebellion.
Scheduled to premiere in the fall as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, it will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.
Go to StarWars.com to see what other #StarWarsDay events are happening on May the 4th.