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Hey Star Wars fans, want to know more about the upcoming pair of SW TV series? Promoting the Nov. 1 release of the Revenge of the Sith DVD, producer Rick McCallum drops a few hints in the upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly.

You already know that there’ll be a computer animated series set during the Clone Wars (featuring an undisclosed set of familiar characters) and a live-action show set during the Imperial era between the two movie trilogies. McCallum tells EW’s Lynette Rice that this second series, due in 2007, will be a “much darker and edgier saga” involving previously unseen characters. George Lucas expects to spend about $1.8 million per episode on the live-action show (that’s not atypical for a first-year drama), but it’s likely that he’ll do what he did with the films: pay all the production costs himself and then license the distribution rights. While no TV outlet has picked up either series, Lucas says that if no one meets his terms: ”We’ll put them on DVD.”

As for whether any performers from the prequel trilogy will appear in the series, Hayden Christensen tells Rice he’s game for a cameo as Darth Vader if Lucas wants him to ”show up and act behind a mask.” What say, PopWatchers — excited yet?

addCredit(“Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith: C & TM Lucasfilm, Ltd.”)

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