Rumor: Will Star Wars Rebels have connections to Episode VII?

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In a recent Star Wars event in Burnley, Lancashire, John Morton (Boba Fett in Rebels and Dak in Empire Strikes Back) revealed a few fascinating details about Disney XD’s new animated series Star Wars Rebels.

For those that don’t know, Star Wars Rebels is an animated series that takes place between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. It’s set during a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape.

Speaking with MovieCricket, he reveals that Star Wars Rebels will have connections to Star Wars: Episode VII. He informed MovieCricket that the characters, storylines and direction of Star Wars Rebels will directly influence and shape Episode VII. Morton says, “Rebels is the key. Rebels will provide the link to bring in the continuity from Clone Wars, the Original Trilogy and the Prequels to enable LucasFilm and Disney to tee-up ‘Episode VII’. If you want my informed opinion, it will enable ‘Episode VII’ to leapfrog over the whole trilogy.”

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John Morton in The Empire Strikes Back

The new animated series will not only provide a bridge between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, but it’ll develop a storylines that occured in the background of the original films, which in turn will lead into the new trilogy starting with Episode VII. In addition, the series also give a new intake of characters and dynamics that’ll be used in the upcoming films. “The key that is going to make this work is Rebels. Rebels will set up and point the direction for Episode VII.” Morton continues, “The characters they are creating in Rebels will be around in Episode VII.”

Remember, The Clone Wars is officially considered “canon”, and the series does an incredible job of bridging the gap between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. So the fact that Star Wars Rebels is being used to cue up Episode VII is not that far-fetched and could be kind of exciting.

Star Wars Rebels makes the jump to Disney XD this fall. Star Wars: Episode VII makes the jump to hyperspace on December 18th, 2015.

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