Disney has officially issued a series order for Star Wars: Resistance–an anime-inspired show that takes place before Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The series will follow Kazuda Xiono, a young Resistance pilot on a mission to spy on the growing threat that is the First Order.
Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma) and Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) will return to voice their respective characters, and other familiar characters like BB-8 are making appearances as well. Resistance was created by the man behind Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, Dave Filoni, who will be executive producing as well. Amy Beth Christenson will be the show’s art director.
“The idea for Star Wars Resistance came out of my interest in World War II aircraft and fighter pilots,” Filoni said. “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.”
The voice cast for the series includes Christopher Sean (Days of Our Lives), Scott Lawrence (Legion), Suzie McGrath (East Enders), , 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).
The period of time between Episodes VI and VII hasn’t been explored in any of the films yet, but it has been featured in books and the current Poe Dameron comic. Star Wars: Resistance is set to premiere this fall on Disney Channel in the U.S. and internationally on Disney XD.
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