Critically acclaimed CG sci-fi series Star Wars Rebels returns for a third season on Disney XD on Saturday, September 24 at 8:30 p.m. ET. The special one-hour premiere event “Steps into Shadow” will introduce viewers to new characters Grand Admiral Thrawn and Bendu. Disney XD has released a new teaser for the premiere adventure — you can also view the season three trailer here.
“Steps into Shadow” kicks off with the crew of Ghost — now lead by a more powerful Ezra — settled into a secret base on Atollon and looking to strengthen the rebel fleet by acquiring resources and recruits ready to stand against the Empire. However, the Imperial efforts to eliminate the rebels are now being lead by the coldly analytical Grand Admiral Thrawn, whose strategic, tactical and cultural insights make him an unprecedented threat. In season three, Ezra and Sabine take on new roles and challenges as the rebels prepare for a direct assault on the Empire.
Star Wars Rebels is created by Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Carrie Beck. The Lucasfilm Animation production is executive produced by Filoni and Kinberg, and co-executive produced by Henry Gilroy.
Returning voice cast includes Freddie Prinze Jr. as Kanan, Vanessa Marshall as Hera, Steve Blum as Zeb, Tiya Sircar as Sabine, Taylor Gray as Ezra, Dee Bradley Baker as Captain Rex, Captain Gregor and Commander Wolffe, Sam Witwer as Darth Maul and David Oyelowo as Agent Kallus. New to this season are Tom Baker (Doctor Who) as the intriguing Force-wise Bendu and Lars Mikkelsen (House of Cards) as the Star Wars Legends fan-favorite Grand Admiral Thrawn.
Star Wars Rebels season two will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD ahead of the season three premiere, released on August 30.