February 19, 2014 12:01am PT by Philiana Ng
'Star Wars Rebels': Meet 'Feisty' Weapons Expert Sabine (Exclusive)
The newest character on Disney and Lucasfilm Animation's Star Wars Rebels has been revealed: Sabine.
Actress Tiya Sircar will voice the character, the first female to be introduced from the upcoming animated television series, The Hollywood Reporter exclusively reveals.
Who is Sabine? She is a Mandalorian, and is described as "sassy," "spunky," "feisty" and has "a little bit of attitude." She has an expert's knowledge of weapons and arms, with an affinity for blowing things up. "She does it with flair," Sircar says of Sabine, who also moonlights as a graffiti artist.
"She's definitely one who's turned against the Empire and that's going to be to the Rebels' benefit," says executive producer Dave Filoni in the behind-the-scenes featurette above. As Joel Aron, CG supervisor of lighting and FX, says, "She's adding something that we haven't really seen before in the Star Wars universe. You have a character that is expressively creative through art -- whether it's the color of her hair or what she's done to her armor."
The other previously announced characters featured on the show are Zeb, the intelligent muscle of the Ghost crew (voiced by Steve Blum); Ezra, a 14-year-old con artist (Taylor Gray); and Kannan, a survivor of the emperor's Jedi purge (Freddie Prinze Jr.).
Star Wars Rebels takes place between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, which spans about two decades. The animated series is set "in 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."
The first image of Star Wars Rebels' villain, the "intimidating" Inquisitor, debuted last October, while the R2D2-inspired droid Chopper was revealed in late January. New 30-second promos featuring actual footage from the series launched Feb. 17.
Star Wars Rebels will premiere in the fall as a one-hour special on Disney Channel, before debuting as a series on sister channel Disney XD worldwide.