Fans of the popular animated series Star Wars: Rebels have been wondering where the Star Wars universe goes next in animation. Lucasfilm has announced today that a brand new animated series set in the Star Wars universe has started production.
Star Wars Resistance is the new series and will focus on events in between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Resistance is the story of 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 was created by renowned Lucasfilm Animation veteran Dave Filoni (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Star Wars Rebels”); 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”); and art-directed by Amy Beth Christenson (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Star Wars Rebels”).
In the official press release from Lucasfilm, Filoni says of the project; “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.”
The new anime inspired series will include a voice cast featuring 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”).
Beloved droid BB-8 will also feature in the series which will include appearances by Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma. Actors Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie will reprise their roles from the films for the animated series.
Star Wars Resistance will premiere this fall on Disney Channel in the U.S. and thereafter, on Disney XD and around the world.