[VIDEO] New Video For Star Wars: Rebels Introduces Zeb
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.18.2014
Voiced by Steve Blum...
IGN has posted a new promo video for Star Wars: Rebels which looks at Zeb, who is voiced by Steve Blum. Blum has previously voiced Wolverine, Spike Spiegel, Starscream, Professor Galvez and others. Zeb is described as a "tough, seasoned and very intelligent" member of the Rebel alliance. He will come from a never-before-seen alien species.
Executive producers Dave Filoni, Greg Weisman, Simon Kinberg and others were influenced by Ralph McQuarrie's early concept art on the original Star Wars trilogy, and Zeb is based on original ideas on what Chewbacca may look like.
Blum said: "I remember going to see Star Wars IV: A New Hope in Westwood, CA just before I graduated high school in May of 1977. I was a rebellious (pun intended) teenager who was pretty difficult to impress, but when the massive Imperial Star Destroyer rumbled across the screen, it felt like every nerve ending in my body fired simultaneously. From that point on, I was hooked. 20 years later, I booked my first role on a Star Wars video game project (I believe it was X-Wing vs Tie Fighter) - and have worked on about a dozen SW games since. Every time, even after all these years, I get that intense sensory rush that brings me back to that first moment.
I think I actually screamed when I was booked to play Zeb. It is literally a role of a lifetime. I've been lucky enough to play some major superhero roles in my career, but to be given the chance to play a new character in a Star Wars series? Brain explosion. As if working on a Star Wars series - in any capacity - wasn't enough to cause a grown man to squee, Zeb challenges every acting skill in my arsenal and beyond. His character design is amazing. I get to vocally take on ape-like physical power and abilities, a wicked sense of humor, intelligence and integrity, and so much more that I can't yet reveal. The attention to detail from the entire production team is inspiring. Every bit of minutia is carefully crafted to satisfy the most discerning fan of the franchise. I'm humbled and honored to be a part of the Rebels crew. I promise I will dig as deep as I'm allowed to give you guys the performance I would hope for as a fan. Get ready, guys. You're in for one helluva ride."