August 22, 2014 7:00am PT by Philiana Ng
Disney's 'Star Wars Rebels': Watch a Character Short Featuring Zeb (Exclusive)
As the October launch date approaches, Disney has been rolling out character shorts for Star Wars Rebels, with Zeb the latest to be spotlighted.
In an exclusive preview of Zeb's character short, which officially debuts Aug. 25 on Disney XD, viewers get right in on the action. Inspired by original Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie's design for Chewbacca, Zeb (voiced by Steve Blum) — the "muscle" of the group — expertly fends off a dozen Stormtroopers, all while showcasing his unique snark and attitude during his rogue mission.
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 crew of the Ghost starship — Kanan, Hera, Ezra, Zeb, Sabine and Chopper — are among the few brave enough to stand up against the Empire. They'll face new villains (see: Inquisitor) and adversaries and go on adventures as they become heroes with the ability to ignite a rebellion.
Freddie Prinze Jr., Taylor Gray, Blum, Tiya Sircar, Vanessa Marshall, Jason Isaacs, David Oyelowo and Billy Dee Williams are the voice stars. Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg and Carrie Beck created the series, which is a Lucasfilm Animation production. Greg Weisman is an executive producer alongside Filoni and Kinberg.
Star Wars Rebels premieres Oct. 3 at 9 p.m. on Disney Channel, before debuting Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. on Disney XD.