Disney has announced yet another Star Wars project currently in the works, this time shifting gears to an anime-inspired series that will give us an even closer look inside the Resistance.Star Wars: Resistance is anime-inspired series coming this fall that will be centered around a young pilot, Kazudu Xiono, recruited by the Resistance and tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order.
The series will take place in the Star Wars saga just before the events of The Force Awakens and will feature the beloved characters we've grown to love over the last few years, including BB-8, Poe Dameron, and Captain Phasma, voiced by actors Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie.
The series was created by renowned Lucasfilm Animation veteran Dave Filoni, who also worked on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. Filoni stated:
"The idea for Star Wars: Resistance came out of my interest in World War II aircraft and fighter pilots. 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."
Senior Vice President, Programming and General Manager of Disney XD, Marc Buhaj, also added:
"Our colleagues at Lucasfilm have created a compelling narrative for an untold moment in the Sar 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."
It's great to see that Disney and Lucasfilm are expanding on the sequel trilogy's story further as I feel there are some great potential plot points that could be covered, further exposing the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Maybe some Snoke backstory that we were all craving up until The Last Jedi sealed the deal. The series will debut this fall; more details to come!