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There are a few things happening on the Star Wars front, both concerning Episode VII and not. Rumor has it that NBC’s new Dracula, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, is in talks to join the upcoming film. Also, Disney has just announced a new animated series titled Star Wars Rebel, that would premiere in the Fall of 2014.

Latino Review‘s El Mayimbe has a good track record when it comes to scoops; he was the first one to announce that Harrison Ford was coming back for the seventh film. Now, he’s heard that Meyers is in talks to star in Star Wars: Episode VII.

As /Film points out, Meyers is best known for his TV work (The Tudors, Elvis), but he has appeared in one other franchise before, and it just so happens that it was J.J. AbramsMission: Impossible III. This puts the actor in good standing with the director, making the rumor more true than not… but we’ve got yet to hear an official word from the studio.

The other news is from Disney. The studio has announced a new series called Star Wars Rebels, which would chronicle the events between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode VI: A New Hope. Here’s a more detailed summary, from /Film:

The new series chronicles “the toughly two-decade period between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode VI: A New Hope, during which the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape.”

Though some of you many be dissapointed that The Clone Wars isn’t returning for another season, you could find some relief knowing that the show’s supervising director Dave Filoni will also serve as executive producer on the new series, along with Greg Weisman (Young Justice, Gargoyles). Also on the team is Episode VII producer Simon Kinberg, who will pen the first episode as well. There’s no word on who will be part of the voice cast yet.

The show is scheduled to premiere next fall on the Disney Channel. After that it’ll move to Disney XD permanently. Here’s a sneak peek of Star Wars Rebels:

What do you think of the news? Would you like to see Meyers in Episode VII? Are you excited about Star Wars Rebels?