New Star Wars animated TV show, Star Wars: Resistance, coming this fall!

It’s not going to take long for Star Wars animation’s next project, as Lucasfilm announced today that Star Wars: Resistance is coming to Disney Channel and DisneyXD this fall!

The announcement explained that production has already begun, and it will be about “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.”  Set before The Force Awakens, the show will focus on Kazuda but will also include appearances from BB-8, Poe Dameron (voiced by Oscar Isaac) and Captain Phasma (voiced by Gwendoline Christie), among others – plus plenty of new characters.

The show will, of course, be overseen by Dave Filoni, who leads Lucasfilm’s animation division and has been a massive influence in Star Wars storytelling through The Clone Wars and Rebels, plus he has also overseen the more recent Forces of Destiny.  It is exciting that we’ll be getting his new show soon, without any further wait than would have been expected had Rebels continued.  The new show sounds quite interesting, too.  “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.”

So it will be an anime-style show, set in the era before TFA, all about the Resistance.  That’s the info we have so far.  The initial cast list announced includes Christopher Sean, Suzie McGrath, Scott Lawrence, Myrna Velasco, Josh Brener, Donald Faison, Bobby Moynihan, Jim Rash, and Rachel Butera – plus, of course, the aforementioned Isaac and Christie.

It’s no surprise that the show will be set before The Force Awakens, as that was the popular guess (though many thought the show would be about Luke Skywalker).  But the era leading up to TFA is largely unexplored, outside a few books and details (most notably the book Bloodline).  We don’t yet know exactly when in the timeline the Resistance show will be set, but here’s what we do know: the Resistance was started by Leia Organa in 28ABY (in Bloodline), and The Force Awakens takes place in 34ABY.  That’s a six-year window, so we do know that the show will be set during that period.  And one of the things that I’m most excited about is that the show will likely give us more background on the New Republic, who seemed to have an interesting relationship with the Resistance… they didn’t really support it, nor stop it, but the New Republic simply didn’t see the First Order as a threat.  So we hopefully will get to see more of the development of the Resistance, more of the rise of the First Order, and more of the New Republic.  And then, of course, there will be plenty of opportunities for the show to bring in more classic characters as it goes on, as in addition to Poe Dameron, Captain Phasma, and BB-8, the show could also show more of Leia, Admiral Ackbar, and the other Resistance members, as well as General Hux, Kylo Ren, Snoke, etc.  Plus, we could see Ahsoka, Sabine, Ezra, and/or Thrawn show up to tie in and/or wrap up some threads from Rebels.  There is the potential for A TON of really interesting stories to be told through this show.

It’s an exciting announcement because Dave Filoni and Lucasfilm animation do terrific work, and it’s exciting because it’s a period of time that is ripe for plenty of interesting storytelling if done well.  Given who’s in charge, there’s reason for optimism that it will be.

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