Star Wars: Resistance is the first of a new raft of Star Wars shows. After bidding farewell to Star Wars: Rebels, showrunner Dave Filoni is moving on to the era of the sequel trilogy. Starring a cast of fighter pilots, Star Wars: Resistance takes place shortly before The Force Awakens. And yes, it will involve Poe Dameron.
Beginning in fall 2018, Resistance is the first anime-inspired Star Wars show. Here’s everything we know so far, from casting news to our first look at Resistance’s character designs.
Like Clone Wars and Rebels, this show will focus on a new character, with a supporting cast including some old favorites. The protagonist is a young pilot called Kazuda Xiono, tasked with a secret mission to spy on the First Order. The story begins before The Force Awakens when the First Order isn’t seen as a serious threat by the Republic.
With an anime-influenced aesthetic (think Avatar: The Last Airbender), Resistance was inspired by Dave Filoni’s childhood interest in WWII fighter pilots. Here’s what he had to say in the show’s initial announcement:
“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.”
Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie will reprise their roles as Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma. Plus, Leia Organa is likely to appear as well. Leia was voiced by Julie Dolan in Rebels and Shelby Young in Forces of Destiny, but we expect an older actress to take the role this time around.
We got our first glimpse of the show’s character designs at a fan event in July, with a photo shared by the fan site Yakface. It shows a group of Resistance heroes including Poe and BB-8, with Kazuda Xiono in the foreground. Meanwhile, the First Order side puts Phasma front-and-center, alongside two stormtroopers and a red-armored officer – possibly Phasma’s rival, Cardinal. No one really expects Poe or Oscar Isaac to make regular appearances, but does this mean Phasma will be the lead villain instead of just a cameo role?
Disney hasn’t announced who will voice Kazuda Xiono, but the Star Wars website does have an overall cast list.
“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).”
Alone with Poe, BB-8, and Leia, there are some other characters who seem like a shoo-in for Resistance. Black Squadron – Poe’s team of X-Wing pilots – had a supporting role in The Force Awakens, fleshed out in Marvel’s Poe Dameron comics. Will we see animated versions of characters like Snap Wexley and Jessika Pava?
There isn’t a trailer just yet. But in all likelihood, this will debut at San Diego Comic-Con in July.
Star Wars: Resistance will premiere on the Disney Channel, then air on Disney XD, with international broadcasters to be announced. We don’t have a release date beyond “Fall 2018” right now. But we won’t be surprised if the premiere date is announced at SDCC along with a teaser.
Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance.