Movie Cricket reports that actor John Morton, who played Dak Ralter in The Empire Strikes Back and filled in for Jeremy Bulloch as Boba Fett, gave some indication about the place of Star Wars Rebels in Lucasfilm's storytelling strategy at a fan event in Burnley, Lancashire, England.
The website got an interview with Morton at the Star Wars Fan Fun Day in Burnley, and he explained that Rebels was "key" to Lucasfilm's future plans.
"The key that is going to make this work is Rebels," Morton told them. "Rebels will set up and point the direction for 'Episode VII.'"
Morton also said that, in his "informed opinion," the Disney animated series "will enable 'Episode VII' to leapfrog over the whole trilogy."
In addition, Morton claimed that "the characters they are creating in Rebels will be around" in the first sequel.
It's unclear how Morton knows what he's saying, although it isn't exactly a stretch to say that the Lucasfilm Story Group is closely coordinating transmedia storytelling and looking for ways to integrate different Star Wars projects.
UPDATE: As I suspected, Movie Cricket's report was, shall we say, a tad misleading. Here's what John Morton told me on Twitter:
@ericgeller I cannot, Eric. All were taken out of context. Informed is not the same as official. More to follow.— John 'Dak' Morton (@tapcaf) May 8, 2014
John Morton Clarifies His Star Wars Rebels/Episode VII Remarks