New Star Wars Animated Series Centered on Resistance Pilots Coming This Fall

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An "anime-inspired" Star Wars Resistance animated series will debut on the Disney Channel this fall. Set in the months before Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars Resistance will follow a newly-recruited Resistance pilot named Kazuda Xiono who is tasked to spy on the First Order.

"The idea for Star Wars Resistance came out of my interest in World War II aircraft and fighter pilots," said Star Wars animation vet Dave Filoni, who created the show. "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 voice actor behind Kazuda Xiono is unknown, however Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie plan to reprise their live-action roles of Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma, respectively, for this new animated series. Additional voice actors include Bobby Moynihan, Donald Faison, Christopher Sean, Suzie McGrath, Scott Lawrence, Myrna Velasco, Josh Brener, Jim Rash, and Rachel Butera.

Star Wars Resistance will premiere this fall on the Disney Channel, then segue to airing regularly on Disney XD.

Originally published on Newsarama.

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