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The future may not be so bright for Detroit. At least not in Motorcity, a new animated series Disney XD is launching later this month. The premise: In a futuristic Detroit, about 50 years from now, the evil billionaire Abraham Kane has taken control and outlawed basic freedoms, including automobiles. A group of young rebels who call themselves The Burners are fighting back to protect their subterranean refuge, Motorcity. They build their own fleet of customized hot rods, which finds them at odds with the malevolent Kane.

Leading the Burners' rebellion is 17-year-old Mike Chilton, voiced by Reid Scott, whose live-action credits include My Boys, The Big C and HBO's upcoming Julia Louis-Dreyfus series Veep. The cast also includes Star Wars icon Mark Hamill, who plays Kane. (Hamill is no stranger to playing animated villains, having perfected the role of the Joker on Batman: The Animated Series.) Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider has a recurring role as the Duke of Detroit, an underworld wheeler-and-dealer described as "part Kid Rock, part Don King," who is loyal only to himself.

Motorcity was created by animation vet Chris Prynoski, whose producing credits include the Adult Swim series Metalocalypse. The premiere episode will be available as free download on iTunes starting Monday, April 16 and it will debut on Disney XD on Monday, April 30 at 9/c.

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