Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Trailer Released

What started as a rebellion, has become much bigger!

With the Season 3 premiere creeping up on us, Disney has released a new trailer for Star Wars Rebels, and it features new footage of Grand Admiral Thrawn, who is voiced by Lars Mikkelsen. The evil blue-skinned character, who was created by novelist Timothy Zahn and first appeared in 1991's Heir to the Empire, says in a menacing tone, "I will pull the Rebels apart piece by piece."

There are also several new shots of the strange green energy possessing various characters on the show, including Darth Maul and the already-seen possession of Kanan. Exactly what that energy is, and what, if any connection it has to the similarly ghastly Force-magic of the Nightsisters from The Clone Wars is yet to be seen, but it gets a significant portion of this new TV spot.

Having established a secret base on Atollon, the Ghost crew, now led by a more powerful Ezra, strengthens the rebel fleet by acquiring new resources and recruits eager to stand against the Empire. However, the Imperial efforts to eliminate the rebellion are now being led by the coldly analytical Grand Admiral Thrawn, whose strategic, tactical, and cultural insights make him a threat unlike any they have faced before. In Season Three, Ezra and Sabine take on new roles and challenges as the rebels prepare for their biggest mission yet — a direct assault on the Empire.

The talented 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 (Dr. Who) as the intriguing Force-wise Bendu and Lars Mikkelsen (House of Cards) as the Star Wars Legends fan-favorite Grand Admiral Thrawn. We'll also be seeing the return of Bo-Katan from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, voiced once again by actress Katee Sackhoff.

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The critically-acclaimed animated series Star Wars Rebels returns Saturday, September 24 (8:30 p.m. ET) and introduces new characters Grand Admiral Thrawn and Bendu during the Season Three one-hour premiere event, "Steps into Shadow," on Disney XD.