We now know what the animated follow-up to the beloved Star Wars Rebels will be.
Lucasfilm announced this morning that the anime-inspired Star War Resistance will premiere this fall, set in the era just before the events of 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Debuting first on Disney Channel before moving to Disney XD, the series will focus on young Resistance pilot Kazuda Xiono, who's tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the emerging threat of the First Order.
Resistance will also feature the droid BB-8, as well as appearance by such fan-favorite franchise characters as Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma, voiced by franchise actors Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie, respectively.
“The idea for Star Wars Resistance came out of my interest in World War II aircraft and fighter pilots” series creator, Lucasfilm Animantion veteran Dave 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.”
Star Wars Rebels ended is four-season run in March on Disney XD, with co-creator Filoni promising only that the announcement of its animated successor would come "soon." Although that series ended with some loose threads, leaving fans hopeful that Filoni might return to the key characters, Resistance's place in the franchise timeline may suggest otherwise.
In addition to Isaac and Christie, the voice cast of Star Wars Resistance includes actors 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).