This fall, it’s time to return to a galaxy far far away in animated style once more.
Lucasfilm, through StarWars.com, has announced production has begun on a brand new anime-inspired animated series known as Star Wars Resistance, debuting on Disney Channel this fall before moving to Disney XD afterward.
Set in the period before Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars Resistance follows a young pilot named Kazuda Xiono who is recruited by the resistance and given the top-secret mission to infiltrate and spy on the growing threat that is the First Order. This new series is headed up by Star Wars animation veteran Dave Filoni, who handled the recently ended Star Wars Rebels as well as the beloved Star Wars: The Clone Wars series.
“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.”
There is no word on who will voice this new character, but some familiar voices and faces are set to appear.
New fan-favorite droid BB-8 will appear as will ace pilot Poe Dameron and First Order commander Captain Phasma, voiced by their film actors Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie, respectively.
“Our colleagues at Lucasfilm have created a compelling narrative for an untold moment in the Star Wars galaxy, and we are excited to partner with them again on this new original series,” said Mark Buhaj, the Senior Vice President, Programming and General Manager of Disney XD. “Star Wars Resistance will bring viewers across generations an engaging story with heart, humor and both new and familiar characters.”
The voice cast will also include Christopher Sean, Suzie McGrath, Scott Lawrence, Myrna Velasco, Josh Brener, Donald Faison, Bobby Moynihan, Jim Rash and Rachel Butera.