Hoping they have not yet reached the saturation point for “Star Wars” content, Disney has ordered a new animated series set in a galaxy far, far away called “Star Wars Resistance.”
Debuting sometime this fall on Disney Channel, with encore telecasts on Disney XD, “Resistance” will take place before the events of 2015’s “The Force Awakens” and center on a young pilot, Kazuda Xiono, who is recruited by the Resistance and tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order.
The announcement comes after Disney’s last animated “Star Wars” series, “Star Wars Rebels,” ended its four-season run in March.
Along with a voice cast that includes Donald Faison, Bobby Moynihan and Jim Rash, Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie will voice their “Force Awakens” counterparts Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma, respectively. Dameron’s trusty droid sidekick BB-8 will also appear.
“Star Wars Resistance” was created by LucasFilm Animation’s Dave Filoni, who served as an executive producer on “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 to do for a long time.”