SDCC Day One: It’s All About the Rebels


Okay, Star Wars fans! The first day of San Diego Comic Con 2014 has come and gone. There’s a lot to share with you, so strap in and enjoy…

Thursday was all about Star Wars Rebels. We just learned that the new animated series kicks off this October on the Disney Channel with an hour long premiere, which will be followed by weekly episodes airing on Disney XD. We were even treated to an all new extended trailer for the show on the eve of SDCC. Even after all of that, it turns out that Lucasfilm was just cracking their knuckles.

The first of many big Rebels reveals occured during The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels panel. Executive Producers Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg were joined onstage by the series’ main cast to answer fan questions and discuss all things Rebels. Hosted by sound designer and friend of DSOTF David W. Collins; the panel promised an exciting inside look into the show and it sure sounds like it delivered.

Rebels cast members Freddie Prinze, Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar and Taylor Gray were all present to talk about their roles on the show.

You can relive every minute of The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels panel by reading Lucasfilm‘s own Dan Brooks‘ liveblog here.

During the panel, Dave Filoni introduced several never before seen clips exclusively for Comic Con. Luckily for us, Entertainment Weekly was able to procure one of them. In the clip, we finally get to see Rebels‘ main villain The Inquisitor in some real action, squaring off against the Jedi survivor Kanan Jarrus. It’s quite a dramatic scene; relished with some delicious dialogue  from The Inquisitor, who of course is voiced by the wonderful Jason Isaacs.

Let’s all enjoy the clip from EW now:

The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels panel was just the tip of the iceberg. Thursday evening brought the world premiere of the show in an exclusive preview screening of the series’ first episode, a SDCC exclusive event. Following the screening, attendees took to Twitter to sing the show’s praises.

"“#StarWarsRebels was amazing. The future looks bright indeed.”@TheApexFan “Star Wars Rebels. WOW. What an amazing premiere! This series is going to be amazing!”@MasterDevwi “Star Wars Rebels was touching, charming, funny, action packed… and so much more. Get excited.”@amy_geek “#StarWarsRebels was incredible. They knocked it out of the park.”@swankmotron “Star Wars Rebels has more heart that you can imagine.”@MakingStarWars"

If all of that positive feedback from the Star Wars Rebels premiere wasn’t enough to make you regret missing out on attending this year’s Comic ConVanessa Marshall had plenty of fun photos to share with us from Thursday!

Star Wars Rebels cast member Vanessa Marshall poses with the Perales family, cosplaying as characters from the new show.

Tiya Sircar, Steve Blum, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Vanessa Marshall and Taylor Gray strike a pose at SDCC.

Tiya Sircar and Vanessa Marshall posing with life size statues of the characters from Star Wars Rebels.

Vanessa Marshall voices Hera Syndulla on Star Wars Rebels. Hera is the captain of The Ghost, which serves as home to the ragtag group of heroes from the show. Vanessa is a fantastic actress and enthusiastic Star Wars fan. You can follow her on Twitter @vanmarshall.

Take a moment to catch your breath, Dork Siders. We’ve been extremely busy at DSOTF over the last 24 hours and we’re just warming up. We’ll have much more San Diego Comic Con news to report over the next few days, so keep your browser parked here!