Star Wars: Rebels To Have Episode VII Links?

Simon Kinberg, executive producer on the upcoming animated series “Star Wars: Rebels,” says the cartoon will have more ties to J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII” than you might expect.

He tells EW that despite being set prior to Episode IV, the teams behind both ‘Rebels’ and ‘Episode VII’ are all working together and so there’s a lot more connectivity:

“It’s a very integrated process, there’s real communication between all the filmmakers because we’re all part of a larger timeline.

There is absolutely communication and integration between the different stories. We are very aware of what they’re doing in VII, and we also have to click into place with Episode IV.

There are characters, vehicles, imagery that are introduced in the show before we’ve ever seen them in the movies, possibly including VII”

“Star Wars Rebels” begins on the Disney XD channel on October 3rd.