Disney Announces New Anime-Inspired Series: ‘Star Wars Resistance’

Finally, after months of speculation, Disney has announced the latest Star Wars animated series coming to the network Disney XD with Star Wars Resistance. 

Production on the anime-inspired series has officially begun and focuses on a young pilot named Kazuda Xiono. Xiono was recruited by the Resistance and put on a top-secret mission to spy on the First Order. Not only that but he will also interact with plenty of Star Wars favorites during his adventure, including BB-8 (via StarWars.com).

That’s right, everybody’s favourite round droid will be featured along with Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma, who will be voiced by Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie just like in the films. The series takes place prior to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and is set to premiere on Disney XD this fall.

Star Wars Resistance is created by Dave Filoni (Star Wars: Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), and executive-produced by Athena Portillo (Rebels, Clone Wars), Just Ridge (Rebels, Clone Wars), and Brandon Auman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and features art-direction by Amy Beth Christenson (Rebels, Clone Wars).

 The new series takes inspiration from World War II but also fulfills the goal of doing a Star Wars series that’s a bit anime inspired. Filoni had this to say in a statement:
“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.”

Marc Buhaj, senior vice president, Programming and general manager at 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.”

The cast also includes  Christopher Sean (Days of Our Lives), Suzie McGrath (East Enders), Scott Lawrence (Legion), Myrna Velasco (Elena of Avalor), Josh Brener (Silicon Valley), Donald Faison (Scrubs), Bobby Moynihan (DuckTales), Jim Rash (Community), and Rachel Butera (Tammy’s Tiny Tea Time).

It will be interesting to see if the series ties into the ending of Star Wars Rebels, which saw Ahsoka Tano and Sabine Wren taking off on a journey to find Ezra Bridger, who was lost in space following the climactic final battle.

For all the latest news surrounding this new Star Wars series, keep it locked on Talkies Network!

Star Wars Resistance is set to debut in the Fall of 2018. 

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