Star Wars Rebels writer and executive producer Simon Kinberg sat down with Empire Magazine and discussed the new series.
The show is set half a decade before A New Hope, meaning Kinberg “always felt it would lead into IV and potentially set up characters you might not meet until V, or VI, or even VII, but the notion was that this would stand alone from Episode VII. That doesn’t mean that we can’t introduce Easter eggs that will pay off in VII, VIII, IX.”
Empire attempted its best Jedi mind trick to glean more details – particularly whether main Rebels villain The Inquisitor (Jason Isaacs) will pop up in Episode VII… Alas, secrecy still reigns: “On Star Wars I get a Force Choke when I start saying things I shouldn’t say.”
What we do know is that The Inquisitor is “less of a believer in the Empire and the cause of the Empire than perhaps Darth Vader, and more of a hunting dog.” So not a Sith, per se? “I don’t know how much I’m allowed to say about that, but no, per se.”
Although the animated series is primarily targeted at a younger audience, Kinberg also insists it won’t be all sweetness and sunshine: “We are not afraid to take those characters to some dark places. In the first season, there are some backstories that get revealed for main characters that are a lot darker and more dramatic than anything I’ve ever seen in animated TV, and which have the same depth and childhood trauma that the characters in the movies had.”
I can’t wait to dig into these dark and dramatic backstories.