'Star Wars Rebels' new action photo: Stormtroopers are back -- EXCLUSIVE

Stormtroopers!

Why it’s been a long, long time since we’ve had stormtroopers as regular characters in a major Star Wars story. The prequel films and Cartoon Network’s The Clone Wars mainly cast Clone Troopers (and no, they’re not the same!). Here is a new image from Disney XD’s upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels, a prequel/sequel set between Episode III and IV. Less geeky translation: Star Wars Rebels covers the events leading up to the first 1977 Star Wars film, an origin story of the Rebel Alliance.

Front and center is the show’s toothy new bad guy, the Inquisitor. He’s been tasked by the Emperor with hunting down the remaining Jedi Knights. He looks very eager to do his job. Star Wars Rebels is scheduled to premiere this fall as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, it will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the globe.

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