USA Today shared a new exclusive Rebels clip with The Inquisitor engaged in a lightsaber fight with the Jedi outlaw Kanan. . The show kicks off with a one-hour Disney Channel premiere special on Friday (9 p.m. ET/PT), then begins its first season Oct. 13 on Disney XD.
From USA Today:
Filoni sees the analytical new bad guy, who brandishes a spinning, double-bladed lightsaber, as an “evil version of Sherlock Holmes.”
What makes him really creepy and disturbing for Isaacs is “everybody he encounters is so far beneath his skill level that it doesn’t tax him,” the actor says. “I wanted him to enjoy the chase and enjoy the hunt. He’s not in a panic, nothing’s about to blow up. He can take on any number of adversaries and still have time to read the newspaper and get his nails done.”
The Empire from the movies offered high-ranking Imperial officers and lowly Stormtroopers as cannon fodder, but not much middle management. That’s where Rebels’ Agent Kallus (David Oyelowo) comes in, as an enforcer in the Imperial Security Bureau who revels in squashing seeds of rebellion.
Kallus may not command starships but Oyelowo respects his ambition. “He’s muscle on the ground,” the actor says, “but you can just tell, with every line, with every action he makes, he has his sights set higher.”
Also of note: Kallus’ awesome sideburns and a penchant for fisticuffs. “I’ve had to do quite a bit of grunting and groaning from a voice-work point of view,” Oyelowo says with a laugh.
There’s definitely workplace politics involved in Rebels — the Imperial officers in the Star Wars movies had to put up with Vader and the ways of the Force, and the same goes with the Inquisitor.
“Kallus isn’t pleased this guy is around,” Filoni says. “He’d rather work without him, but it’s procedure. He has to call him and say, ‘Hey, I might have a Jedi problem out here. You better come look at this.’ “
Kanan and his pals aren’t enough of a pain for Kallus to ring Lord Vader yet. Still, Filoni wouldn’t mind getting James Earl Jones into a recording studio and bringing him back to the Dark Side.
“We have a nice history of honoring the great legacy characters,” Filoni teases. “It would be a shame never to have Darth Vader in the show, I’ll say that much.”
Join us in The Cantina on Friday for the Spark of Rebellion premiere party for a friendly discussion with some prizes.