When Star Wars Rebels ended earlier this year, there was a sense that a plan was already in the works for the next animated Star Wars series. That almost knowing premonition has come to pass as Disney Channels announced the morning their new Star Wars series will be called Star Wars Resistance.
Created by Star Wars Rebels mastermind Dave Filoni, Resistance takes the action to the era of the Resistance, sometime before the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Centering on the life 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, it will feature BB-8 in a prominent role with Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie making appearances as Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma, respectively. Other members of the voice cast include Christopher Sean, Suzie McGrath, Scott Lawrence, Myrna Velasco, Josh Brener, Donald Faison, Bobby Moynihan, Jim Rash and Rachel Butera.
“The idea for Star Wars Resistance came out of my interest in World War II aircraft and fighter pilots,” Filoni said in a statement. “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 series will air on The Disney Channel in the fall.