Not every guardian of peace and justice was lost to the tragedy of Order 66. Introducing Kanan, a survivor of the Emperor's Jedi purge and one of the main characters of "Star Wars Rebels." (http://starwars.com)
Kanan, voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr., is a less traditional Force-wielder than fans are used to seeing. He carries a blaster, is a little sarcastic, and keeps his past a secret.
"I like to call Kanan 'the cowboy Jedi,' " said "Star Wars Rebels" executive producer Dave Filoni. As shown in the photo, his Jedi robes are long gone, replaced with armor and a holster, though a samurai-like ponytail hints at his Jedi Knight origins.
In "Star Wars Rebels," set between Episode III and IV, Kanan has been underground for years, evading the Empire. If the Imperials become aware of his existence "he's going to get killed," said art director Kilian Plunkett. He still has his lightsaber, but no longer uses it for fear of revealing his true identity - and has ultimately forsaken the ways of the Jedi Order.
"Star Wars Rebels" will show Kanan's journey as he rediscovers himself, just as a rebellion begins to form against the Empire.
According to Filoni, "He's a gunslinger that needs to put the gun away and pick up the sword again, and fight for noble causes and selfless causes."
But what will happen when he chooses to reignite his Jedi weapon, fighting once again for a greater purpose?
The photo offers with a tease of what's to come: an encounter with the nightmarish Inquisitor, the Empire's Jedi hunter.
"Star Wars Rebels" is scheduled to premiere in this fall as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel. It will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.