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Say Hello To Ezra, Star Wars Rebels Newest Hero

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The force may be strong with this one….
With the Fall premiere getting closer by the day, Disney continues to unveil the characters from their new CGI animated series, Star Wars Rebels. Earlier this week we got our first look at Jedi in-hiding, Kanan, today we get a look at another hero, Ezra. Judging from the press release and the character introduction video, Ezra appears to be a little bit of a cross between Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. He also looks like he might be the series’ main star, with the rise of the rebellion seemingly being shown though his eyes. Star Wars Rebels is starting to take shape, and truthfully, I like what it’s starting to look like. But what do you think? Check out the video and let us know if you think this series is going to be strong with the force, or will you wave your hand and tell it to move along?

Here’s the official press release from Disney:

Growing up own his own in the age of the Empire, Ezra has had to rely on his wit and cunning to get by. As voice actor Taylor Gray explains, “He’s very street-smart, he’s a pickpocket, he’s a little thief. But he’s doing it all because he needs to survive.”

Executive producer Dave Filoni adds that Ezra is not a bad kid. Although he may enjoy stealing from the Empire, his behavior has been influenced by the world around him – a world that is under Imperial control.

But his hard life has also made his world smaller. “He doesn’t really trust anyone,” says Rayne Roberts, creative executive of Star Wars Rebels. “That’s kind of his motto in life. He has that hard edge at times.” When audiences first meet Ezra, he is not yet a Rebel and is not yet interested in restoring freedom to the galaxy – but that will soon change when Ezra is introduced to his new surrogate family: the crew of the Ghost.

Greg Weisman, executive producer, says, “His eyes get opened to the fact that there are people who care, who are trying to fight the good fight. And he becomes one of them.” Still, there is more to Ezra than even he knows.

Ezra is Force-sensitive, Filoni reveals, though he is unaware that he is tapping into this mystical energy field. Ezra knows he has some strange abilities, but they’re “instinctive and reactionary.” It is only through his relationship with Kanan, a Jedi Survivor and crew member of the Ghost, that Ezra will learn the true nature of his power. Together, they will forge new paths and destinies – and a rebellion will rise.

The hour long premiere of Star Wars Rebels airs this fall on Disney, followed by the regular series on Disney XD

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