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Disney XD showing new ‘Star Wars: Rebel’ movie

Sarah Michelle Gellar works with “Star Wars Rebels” creator Dave Filoni.
Sarah Michelle Gellar works with “Star Wars Rebels” creator Dave Filoni. Disney XD

“Star Wars Rebels: The Seige of Lothal,” will air at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 20 on Disney XD. It is the kickoff to the second season of the animated series on the cable channel.

The “Star Wars Rebels” series take place between the feature films “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” and “Star Wars: A New Hope.”

A motley crew of freedom fighters aboard the starship Ghost are waging a small war against the Empire. In command is Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.), a survivor of the Emperor’s Jedi purge. The crew also includes: Ezra (Taylor Gray), a con artist; Sabine (Tiya Sircar), lover of explosions; Zeb (Steve Blum), the muscle; and Chopper, a grumpy droid.

The ace pilot of the ship is Hera, voiced by veteran animation actor Vanessa Marshall.

Sarah Michelle Gellar (”Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) will join the voice cast in a recurring role for season two.

Executive producer/supervising director Dave Filoni says “We’re thrilled to have Sarah Michelle Gellar on board for season two. She is a true ‘Star Wars Rebels’ fan and her passion undoubtedly comes through in the voice recording sessions.”

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