Collider has a Simon Kinberg interview that confirms a few interesting Star Wars Rebels facts we’ve been wondering about for a long time now. Kinberg says:
It’s 16 episodes. And so I wrote the season finale.
I had a hunch that might be the case because in the past when I asked our friends at Lucasfilm if it was 22 episodes, they were kind of evasive and wouldn’t answer that question. I figured it was on the table because Star Wars Underworld, had it been produced, would have been 16 episodes. Star Wars: The Clone Wars generally experimented with five or six episodes per season but this series isn’t taking that direction. This series stays with the cast and doesn’t change its focus or go down the anthology series path. In all honesty, sixteen episodes means we’re probably going to have a focused story that will be for the best.
While Star Wars Rebels will introduce plenty of new characters, it will also bring in at least one familiar face: Lando Calrissian (voiced by Billy Dee Williams).
There we have it again, Billy Dee Williams is in Star Wars: Rebels. Of course, Kinberg never says it directly which is annoying because it means it is probably happening but it also doesn’t confirm it because it isn’t from the mouth of a Lucasfilm employee.
Kinberg does confirm classic characters from the original films are returning though:
Writing dialogue for any of the legacy characters is as big a thrill as anything I’ve ever had in my life. I said this to [producer Kathleen Kennedy] that when I open up a Final Draft document, and I tab over to “Character” and it’s a character from the original films—to be nameless until people see them—but if it’s a character from the original films, just typing in those letters and then that being the recorded name in that name database for that script is as surreal, and perhaps more so, than anything I’ve experienced in my career.
He could be talking about Obi-Wan Kenobi, an action figure we saw recently from Star Wars Rebels and Lando, someone implied by the Star Wars Insider Facebook page.
Thanks to Brian on the forums for the heads up!