First Look at 'Star Wars Rebels' Villain the Inquisitor!

He is tasked by Darth Vader to hunt down the remaining Jedi Knights. Check out the latest behind the scenes featurette.

The next great villain from a galaxy far, far away is here. Fans attending Lucasfilm's Star Wars Rebels panel today at New York Comic Con got the world's first look at the Inquisitor, a black-clad, intimidating figure who will play a prominent role in the upcoming animated series. In a special video (available below) screened at the end of the panel, Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni officially revealed the character, showing a sculpted maquette, design sketches, and disclosing that the Inquisitor is "tasked by Darth Vader to hunt down the remaining Jedi Knights."

Star Wars Rebels The Inquisitor

The panel, hosted by Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo, focused on the Empire and how it is central to the story of Star Wars Rebels. Pablo Hidalgo revealed that the series takes place about 14 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, a time in which the Emperor's rule is secure and the Empire is seeking to expand its power to Outer Rim territories. That leads Imperial forces to Lothal, a poor planet that initially welcomes the Empire on the promise of security and prosperity. It soon becomes obvious, however, that the Empire does not have Lothal's best interests at heart, as the Imperials exploit its people and begin recruiting young citizens to join TIE fighter and Stormtrooper academies, or to work in the Sienar Fleet Systems factory -- which builds TIE fighters -- in the planet's capital. Hidalgo showed new art focusing on Lothal, including the planet itself, a town, and alleyways, as well as an Empire recruitment poster.

The show is fully embracing the Star Wars legacy, taking direct inspiration from the original trilogy and its concept artist Ralph McQuarrie. Pablo Hidalgo displayed new Star Wars Rebels imagery and animation models for Stormtroopers, Star Destroyers, TIE fighters, and TIE fighter pilots, all of which fit seamlessly with classic Star Wars. Additionally, Star Wars Rebels introduced several new Imperial vehicles and designs created for the series: the All Terrain Defense Pod (AT-DP), a ground attack walker based on an early Joe Johnston (the filmmaker who designed Boba Fett's armor and speeder bikes, and made other major contributions to Star Wars) illustration from 1979; the new AT-DP pilot, which blends designs of the classic AT-AT walker driver from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and the AT-ST walker pilot from Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi; the Imperial Troop Transport, which comes from an early Kenner toy that was actually not based on designs from the films; and the Imperial freighter, a reimagining of an Imperial-style craft designed for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace by concept artist Doug Chiang, featuring a dock to transport TIE fighters from system to system.

If anything was made clear at today's panel, it's that the Empire is back -- thanks to Star Wars Rebels.

Star Wars Rebels is set to debut on Disney XD in 2014. Stay tuned to for more on this highly anticipated animated series.

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  1. Michael Kolesik

    @skywise That makes sense. Yeah, back stories in that show were quite often a lot better than the main one. Maybe they should have stuck with that.

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  2. skywise

    @Michael-Kolesik But yes that padawan thingy was ridiculous anjd never did sit right with me. I was much more interested in the background characters. Like the episode where the clone troopers go thru basic training and stuff like that. To be stories with Anakin and Obi were the most disappointing. But I appreciated the side stories. That is what made the show for me. I hope that with the new stand alone movies coming out between eps 7-9 we can get some of those background stories. Because to be quite honest...I am burned out on the skywalker linage storylines. They had their time and I wish that we could have films that are (obviously) based in the SW world but with all new characters. And I don't just mean passing the torch to the next gen of the solos and Skywalkers. I would really appreciate all new stories and characters.

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  3. skywise

    @Michael-Kolesik I can respect that but I disagree. I thought some of the stories were fantastic....but then again some of them were garbage.

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  4. Michael Kolesik

    @skywise Actually, I did NOT like the Clone Wars because of the story. I'm just complaining about the animation here because it reminds me of The Clone Wars. But when you look at the story in that show, it butchers the lore with an axe, pretends things outside the show never happened, it actively tries to be immature and childish, and if you want evidence of that, you have to look no further than Anakin having a freakin' padawan. The Clone Wars, to me in my personal opinion, is nothing more than a giant fan-fiction written by 12 year olds who are also just whoring themselves out for money. They don't care about the story, animation or weight of what the Clone Wars could have possibly been about. The only thing that matters is appealing to the lowest common denominator with PEW PEW PEW EXPLOSIONS BANG BANG BANG EXPLOSIONS LIGHTSABERS EXPLOSIONS PEW PEW PEW!!!

    1 year agoby @Michael-KolesikFlag

  5. undeadslayer4

    @skywise teaser trailers arent really suppost to tell u anything

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  6. ollie-styrene

    i`m fu**ing psyched about this!!! I love the clone wars,.. and personally i think the animation suits this world perfectly,.. I have a lot of faith that this will excel beyond the clone wars due to the fact that now, we will get to see really familiar settings, ships caracters etc... Go Rebels!!!!

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  7. skywise

    @Michael-Kolesik I was not a big fan of the animation in Clone Wars but after a few seasons it really grew on me. Or maybe it was the fact that the writing was decent and the stories intriguing that allowed me to overlook the average animation.

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  8. skywise

    @bawnian-dexeus that weak trailer was pretty bad but I thought the reference to the opening in the first Star Wars was pretty neat. But your was a sorry excuse of a trailer.

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  9. Michael Kolesik

    Eh... I don't know. Looks like it has the same animation as The Clone Wars and that already raises a red flag with me. I'll give it a chance, but I'm NOT holding my breath.

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  10. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    This reveal makes up heavily for that poor excuse of a teaser trailer.

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag