Attention all members of the Resistance, the next animated television show set in the Star Wars galaxy will be Star Wars Resistance! The new series is about Kazuda Xiono, a young pilot recruited by the Resistance and tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order.
The series will be set before the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will include the voices of Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) and Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma) in roles. The droid BB-8 will also be featured.
The design of the series is inspired by Japanese anime TV series, which has potential as long that doesn’t stand for ‘cheap production costs.’ It’s very early, but I sense a little Studio Ghibli (Porco Rosso, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle) in there, which would be awesome.
The new series was created by renowned Lucasfilm Animation veteran Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) and will be executive-produced by Athena Portillo (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels), Justin Ridge (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) and Brandon Auman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). Art-direction is from Amy Beth Christenson (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels).
“The idea for Star Wars Resistance came out of my interest in World War II aircraft and fighter pilots” said Filoni. “My grandfather was a pilot and my uncle flew and restored planes, so that’s been a big influence on me. There’s a long history of high-speed racing in Star Wars, and I think we’ve captured that sense of excitement in an anime-inspired style, which is something the entire team has been wanting to do for a long time.”
In addition to Isaac and Christie, the voice cast includes actors Christopher Sean (Days of Our Lives), Suzie McGrath (East Enders), Scott Lawrence (Legion), Myrna Velasco (Elena of Avalor), Josh Brener (Silicon Valley), Donald Faison (Scrubs), Bobby Moynihan (DuckTales), Jim Rash (Community), and Rachel Butera (Tammy’s Tiny Tea Time).
Star Wars Rebels, which ended this year, featured some of the best storytelling in the Star Wars galaxy and we have high hopes that Star Wars Resistance will continue in that vein.
Catch it this fall on Disney Channel!