Pay close attention when Star Wars Rebels premieres next month, because there just might be some characters and/or cities that will be familiar when Star Wars Episode VII takes a bow on December 18, 2015. As fans are aware, all Star Wars creative endeavors going forward are canon, and all the stories will interlock in some manner. Simon Kinberg, the executive producer of Rebels, is also a consultant on Episode VII. Here’s what he had to say to Entertainment Weekly:

“It’s a very integrated process, there’s real communication between all the filmmakers because we’re all part of a larger timeline,” says Rebels executive producer Simon Kinberg, who is also a creative consultant on Episode VII. “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.”

Kinberg also said that fans should expect to see various ‘set-ups and Easter eggs’ that are designed to be nods to Episodes IV, V, and VI.

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

Please visit Entertainment Weekly to see some of their exclusive images of Star Wars Rebels.

Premiere info for Rebels can be found here.

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