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"Star Wars Rebels" Announces Season 3 Premiere Date

The wait is almost over, as Disney XD has announced "Star Wars Rebels" will return Sept. 24 with an hour-long Season 3 premiere.

Titled "Steps Into Shadow," the episode will feature the introduction not only of Grand Admiral Thrawn (voiced by Lars Mikkelsen) but also of Bendu, a mysterious Force-wielder played by "Doctor Who" veteran Tom Baker.

You can watch an incredibly brief teaser for Season 3 below. "Steps Into Shadow" debuts Saturday, Sept. 24, at 8:30 ET/PT.

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.

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