Following the discovery of a trademark two months back, Star Wars: Resistance has finally been unveiled by Disney to be an upcoming animated television series.
According to the official announcement (via CBN) made earlier today, fans will follow the journey of a young pilot by the name of Kazuda Xiono. He will be recruited by the Resistance to undertake top-secret missions that involve spying on the growing threat of the First Order.
There will be several “colorful new characters” introduced throughout the series, in addition to appearances made by fan-favorite characters such as Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma.
The project is being helmed by animation veteran Dave Filoni, and backed by executive producers Athena Portillo and Justin Ridge. The trio has previously worked together on similar animated television series in the franchise — Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) and Star Wars: Rebels (2014).
“The idea for ‘Star Wars Resistance’ came out of my interest in World War II aircraft and fighter pilots” said Filoni. “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: Resistance will take place prior to the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) in an “uncharted frame” of the timeline. The first season has already entered production and is scheduled to premiere this fall in the United States and around the world.
While addressing investors during an earnings call earlier this year, Disney CEO Bob Iger stated that there “are a few” television series in the works for the Star Wars franchise. These are specially being created for the upcoming streaming service from Disney.
Since Star Wars: Resistance has been revealed, it leaves a pending acknowledgement from Disney for something called Star Wars: Underworld, which is believed to be a live-action adaptation.