New ‘Star Wars’ animated series, ‘Star Wars Resistance,’ set to debut this fall

by Brittani Tuttle
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A new “Star Wars” animated series is on its way to Disney XD this fall.

Production has begun on a newly-announced “Star Wars” animated series, titled “Star Wars Resistance.”

This new anime-inspired animated adventure series focuses on Kazuda Xiono, a young pilot recruited by the Resistance and given a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order. This new series is set to premiere this fall on Disney Channel before moving over to Disney XD for the rest of the season.

“Star Wars Resistance” will feature the high-flying adventures that audiences can expect from “Star Wars,” and will be set in the time before the events of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Fans will see appearances by the droid BB-8, along with ace pilot Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma – who will be voiced by actors Oscar Issac and Gwendoline Christie.

The series was created by Lucasfilm Animation veteran Dave Filoni, who also created “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “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 for a long time.”

Marc Buhaj, senior vice president of Programming and general manager of Disney XD, said, “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. ‘Star Wars Resistance’ will bring viewers across generations an engaging story with heart, humor and both new and familiar characters.”

In addition to Issac and Christie, the voice cast includes actors Christopher Sean (“Days of Our Lives”), Suzie McGrath (“East Enders”), Myrna Velasco (“Elena of Avalor”), Scott Lawrence (“Legion”),  Josh Brener (“Silicon Valley”), Bobby Moynihan (“DuckTales”), “Donald Faison (“Scrubs”), Jim Rash (“Community”) and Rachel Butera (“Tammy’s Tiny Tea Time”).

For more information on “Star Wars Resistance,” visit StarWars.com.


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