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Resistance is the next Star Wars animated series

Star Wars Resistance

Since the end of Star Wars Rebels earlier this year, there’s been a question about what would fill the vacuum left by the show—and now we know:

StarWars.com is thrilled to announce that production has begun on Star Wars Resistance, an exciting new animated adventure series 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. It will premiere this fall on Disney Channel in the U.S. and thereafter, on Disney XD and around the world.

Resistance is being helmed by Dave Filoni, who also headed up both Rebels and its predecessor Clone Wars, and is being described as an “anime-inspired” series—a departure from the more 3D animated style of the earlier series—that focuses on ace pilots.

While Resistance’s exact time period isn’t known, it takes place in the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, and will apparently feature familiar characters like BB-8, Poe Dameron, and Captain Phasma—the latter two of which will be voiced by their film portrayers, Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie. And, given the way Rebels ended, I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if some characters from the earlier series eventually made an appearance as well.

As a big fan of both Rebels and Clone Wars, I have a lot of faith in Filoni’s vision of the Star Wars universe. The previous series have really helped flesh out (in a canonical way, no less) the universe that we’ve otherwise come to see mainly from films. So color me excited for this new show—as though I could be otherwise.