Simon Kinberg Talks Star Wars Rebels’ Connection to Episode VII

In just a few weeks, we’ll be getting our first bit of new Star Wars content in the form of “Star Wars Rebels.” It’s been reported by a few outlets (namely Badass Digest and Latino-Review) for some time now that the upcoming animated series will tie into next year’s Star Wars: Episode VII in a big way, and now series executive producer (and “Episode VII” consultant) Simon Kinberg is here to confirm those reports.

“It’s a very integrated process, there’s real communication between all the filmmakers because we’re all part of a larger timeline,” Kinberg told EW. “There is absolutely communication and integration between the different stories. We are very aware of what they’re doing in VII, and we also have to click into place with Episode IV.”

So not only will “Rebels” be bridging the gap between the original and prequel trilogies, with lots of “set-ups and Easter eggs,” they’ll be getting fans ready for what to expect next December.

“There are characters, vehicles, imagery that are introduced in the show before we’ve ever seen them in the movies, possibly including VII,” Kinberg teased.

In addition, you can check out some new images from “Star Wars Rebels” in the gallery viewer below.

The television debut of “Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion” is set for Friday, October 3 (9:00 p.m., ET/PT in the U.S.) on Disney Channels around the world, ushering in the series “Star Wars Rebels” beginning Monday, October 13 (9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD.