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Behind-the-Scenes Video for Upcoming Star Wars: Rebels Series

Take a look at this new Disney XD series debuting this fall.

In the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated series, the Empire rules with an iron fist, spreading fear from world to world. Meanwhile, the few remaining Jedi are hunted across the galaxy -- and the cold, calculating Imperial Inquisitor is the hunter.

Fully revealed in this new video, the Inquisitor recalls classic Star Wars villains but is also distinct in many ways. According to Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo, the Inquisitor is not a Sith, though he does wield a red lightsaber and taps into the dark side. “His intensity is based on the purpose of the assignment,” Hidalgo says. The design of the Inquisitor evolved during early phases of production, but one specific element truly finalized both the character’s threatening look and personality.

“Once we put the [Pau’an] head on, it all kind of fell into place,” says executive producer Dave Filoni. Indeed, the Inquisitor’s face is intimidating and frightening, featuring carved lines, red markings, and jagged teeth. “Suddenly there was this black-suited, armored, creepy, evil Inquisitor. It’s unmistakable.” One crucial factor in bringing the Inquisitor to life, however, is his voice – and that task falls to a veteran of villainy.

Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films) plays the Jedi hunter, joking, “I’ve played a few unpleasant characters. Possibly, you could call them villains -- depends on your point view.” Isaacs notes that the Inquisitor’s job is simple -- to track down and kill all Jedi or Force users with no mercy.

Chris Glenn, concept artist, notes that while the Inquisitor is not a Sith, he is more than a match for Force-wielders. “He’s familiar with a lot of the Jedi ways and training tactics, and he uses that knowledge against Kanan.” Kilian Plunkett, art director of Star Wars Rebels, says that while the Inquisitor visually evokes earlier villains like Darth Maul and Darth Vader, he isn’t just a carbon copy.

Ultimately, the Inquisitor is a major new threat for Star Wars Rebels’ small band of rebels – and that is by design. “When the Inquisitor shows up,” Hidalgo says, “it means something. It’s significant, and it’s a definite challenge to our heroes.”

Star Wars Rebels is scheduled to premiere in the fall as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, and will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.

25 Comments
Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I like Jason Isaacs

Posted by Wardishy
Posted by StMichalofWilson

Awesome! Jason Isaacs FTW

Posted by Wardishy

Seriously though, looks really sweet. I'm getting more excited for this show now.

Posted by Wolfrazer

Very, very nice!

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Posted by MrMazz

I love JAson Isaacs so mcuh!

Posted by BatmansFear007

Just bring back Ahsoka.....I know she's hated by many but that last scene she was in....I'd rather her just die. Maybe even live to confront Vader one last time idk

Posted by JasonHawke

Just bring back Ahsoka.....I know she's hated by many but that last scene she was in....I'd rather her just die. Maybe even live to confront Vader one last time idk

People hate Ahsoka?!

Posted by BatmansFear007

@jasonhawke: Haha well....some do. They get that Ep.2 Anakin vibe from her where she's always whining and interfering with protocol ect. *rolls eyes* I personally love her though.

Posted by JasonHawke

@jasonhawke: Haha well....some do. They get that Ep.2 Anakin vibe from her where she's always whining and interfering with protocol ect. *rolls eyes* I personally love her though.

Ive never heard anyone hate Ahsoka for that or ever get that "vibe"

:S

Posted by AmazingWebHead

1:34-1:46 That alone has me hooked

Just bring back Ahsoka.....I know she's hated by many but that last scene she was in....I'd rather her just die. Maybe even live to confront Vader one last time idk

I didn't hate her. She wasn't my favorite but I didn't hate her. (And not just because she was hot) But more to the point, they have the potential to make that fight a really cool reversal of the Obi Wan/Vader fights.

Posted by CitizenJP

Dang I'm so ready for this show

Posted by BatmansFear007

@amazingwebhead: lol You find a Togruta to be hot. I know what you mean though, I've fantasized so many Ahsoka vs. Vader confrontations! Some of which even include Starkiller but that may be going a bit too far lol

Edited by BatmansFear007

@jasonhawke: Yeah I've heard some of those complaints on Youtube, mostly regarding the first couple seasons though

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Edited by Gundale

CG? No thank you, wake me up when you learn to draw.

Posted by Herokiller12344

@gundale said:

CG? No thank you, wake me up when you learn to draw.

So I'm not the only sick of nothing but 3-D animation?

Posted by Gundale

@herokiller12344:

Glade I'm not only one that doesn't like it either, it was alright at first, a few shows and movies did it, now it seems mostly every show and movie is doing it. Getting out of hand.

Posted by Gojira2014

Inquisitor looks good. Reminds me of that one Dark Side user guy who fought Luke in the comics. Sedris. both seem to have the same purpose too.

Posted by AmazingWebHead

@batmansfear007 said:

@amazingwebhead: lol You find a Togruta to be hot. I know what you mean though, I've fantasized so many Ahsoka vs. Vader confrontations! Some of which even include Starkiller but that may be going a bit too far lol

I kinda have a thing for alien girls. *shrug* So sue me.

Whether "The Force Unleashed" will be canon is an interesting question. So far, I've been hearing "no", but we won't know for sure until the show starts.

Posted by dondave
Posted by BatmansFear007

@amazingwebhead: I'm with you. I fantasize about 'unleashing the force' inside of Asajj every day *grins*.

The way I see it, there's no reason why it can't be. I mean the first game tied in very nicely to the original trilogy. The thing that stumps me is the sequel. I wish someone would come out and declare that as a 'what if' story. It was so atrocious that I don't even want it on my shelf anymore lol. Judging by this new Star Wars: Rebels, I'd say Starkiller either got replaced or just written out of continuity.

Posted by AmazingWebHead

@batmansfear007 said:

@amazingwebhead: I'm with you. I fantasize about 'unleashing the force' inside of Asajj every day *grins*.

The way I see it, there's no reason why it can't be. I mean the first game tied in very nicely to the original trilogy. The thing that stumps me is the sequel. I wish someone would come out and declare that as a 'what if' story. It was so atrocious that I don't even want it on my shelf anymore lol. Judging by this new Star Wars: Rebels, I'd say Starkiller either got replaced or just written out of continuity.

Nice. ;)

I never played the sequel. (In my defense, I was just a kid back then, not as good at videogames)