Star Wars Rebels to Launch This Summer with Disney Channel Movie

"[W]e’re introducing 'Star Wars Rebels' to television audiences this summer with a movie and a series of shorts on Disney Channel," the letter reads, "followed by a continuing series on Disney XD."

"Star Wars Rebels" is set between the events of "Episode III" and "IV" — an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen. It takes place 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 show will be produced by Lucasfilm Animation, featuring many of the key talents that made "Star Wars: The Clone Wars." The full series is expected to debut this fall.