The Force is strong with this one.

Star Wars Rebels,” the much-anticipated animated Lucasfilm series that will take place in the interim between the series’ prequel trilogy and its founding trio of films, will run for a second season – even if the first cycle of the series doesn’t debut until Friday night.

“The global expectations for this series could not have been any higher,” said Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer of Disney Channels Worldwide. “And I am proud to say that the team at Lucasfilm has delivered something that has surpassed even that incredibly high bar – artistically and thematically.”

“Rebels” marks one of Disney’s bigger forays into “Star Wars” content after acquiring Lucasfilm for about $4.05 billion in stock and cash at the end of 2012. “Star Wars Rebels” will be introduced via a television movie, “Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion,” premiering Friday at 9 p.m. on Disney Channel in the U.S. and Monday at 8 p.m. on Disney XD in the U.S. The series will commence Monday, October 13 at 9 p.m. on Disney XD in the U.S., and will air in 34 languages across 163 countries in over 400 million households.

The creative team behind the second season of “Star Wars Rebels” includes executive producers Simon Kinberg and Dave Filoni, and co-executive producer and supervising writer Henry Gilroy.

“Our fantastic creative team is dreaming up new stories for the crew of the Ghost that will expand their experience of the galaxy and deepen their heroes’ journeys,” said Kiri Hart, vice president of creative development for Lucasfilm. “The fan response to the show has been amazing, humbling and inspiring. We’re looking forward to the adventure ahead.”