TORONTO, Aug. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - Disney XD Canada announced today that it will be hosting a special preview of the highly anticipated animated series Star Wars Rebels at this year's Fan Expo in Toronto. Voice actor Steve Blum, who voices "Zeb" in the new series from Lucasfilm, is set to introduce the special presentation to guests at the exclusive screening on Friday, August 29 at 2 p.m. at the John Bassett Theatre in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. After its Fan Expo debut, the introductory movie Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion will premiere as an extended telecast on Friday, October 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Family Channel, and will be followed by the series, Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD.
Star Wars Rebels continues the epic tradition of George Lucas' legendary Star Wars saga with all-new exciting, action-packed adventures. The story unfolds during a dark time when the evil Galactic Empire is tightening its grip of power on the galaxy. Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet and are ruining the lives of its people. The motley but clever crew of the starship Ghost – cowboy Jedi Kanan, ace pilot Hera, street-smart teenager Ezra, the "muscle" Zeb, warrior firebrand Sabine, and cantankerous old astromech droid Chopper – is among a select few who are brave enough to stand against the Empire. Together, they will face threatening new villains, encounter colourful adversaries, embark on thrilling adventures and become heroes with the power to ignite a rebellion.
In addition to Blum's role as Zeb, the talented voice cast includes: Freddie Prinze Jr. as Kanan; Vanessa Marshall as Hera; Tiya Sircar as Sabine; Taylor Gray as Ezra; David Oyelowo as Agent Kallus and Jason Isaacs as the Inquisitor.
While at Fan Expo, Star Wars fans can visit Disney XD Canada's booth to have their picture taken with life-size characters from the show and can also check out a selection of Star Wars Rebels products.
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For further information: To arrange media passes for the Star Wars Rebels exclusive screening or for more information, please contact: Jaime Werby, Director, Communications - DHX Television, [email protected], 416.956.8584