The animated-series “Star Wars Resistance” is coming to Disney Channel this October, but before the show’s big debut, Disney is introducing the cast and characters that will lead the upcoming Star Wars adventure. The show follows 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. This is much more of a unique and condensed setting than something like “Star Wars: Rebels,” which focused on a much more militaristic group of freedom fighters. Xiono is a racer turned spy, who according to the video, doesn’t have any experience or training in actual espionage.
The video explained that “Star Wars Resistance” isn’t about the larger events that are happening in the Star Wars universe, through it’s very likely that smaller bits of information will tie into the larger story that we saw unfold with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. Sine the animated series takes place between “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” it will be interesting to see which parts of the Star Wars story get pulled into the new story lines.
The group in “Star Wars Resistance” also features the beloved droid BB-8 alongside other ace pilots that makes up the Fireball team. Disney also stated that the series will include fan favorites like Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma, voiced by actors Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie, respectively.
The series was created by renowned Lucasfilm Animation veteran Dave Filoni (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Star Wars Rebels”); executive-produced by Athena Portillo (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Star Wars Rebels”), Justin Ridge (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Star Wars Rebels”) and Brandon Auman (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”); and art-directed by Amy Beth Christenson (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Star Wars Rebels”).
In the one-hour premiere titled “The Recruit,” Poe and BB-8 assign newly-appointed spy Kaz to the Colossus, a massive aircraft re-fueling platform on an outer rim water planet, home to colorful new aliens, droids and creatures. While undercover, Kaz works as a mechanic and lives with Poe’s old friend Yeager, a veteran pilot who operates a starship repair shop run by his crew: Tam, Neeku and their old battered astromech droid, Bucket. Kaz soon finds himself in over his head with his new friend BB-8 as he’ll have to compete in dangerous sky races, keep his mission a secret from his newfound family, and avoid the danger of the First Order.
The voice cast includes Christopher Sean (“Days of Our Lives”) as Kazuda Xiono; Suzie McGrath (“East Enders”) as Tam Ryvora; Scott Lawrence (“Legion”) as Jarek Yeager; Myrna Velasco (“Elena of Avalor”) as Torra Doza; Josh Brener (“Silicon Valley”) as Neeku Vozo; Donald Faison (“Scrubs”) as Hype Fazon; Jim Rash (“Community”) and Bobby Moynihan (“DuckTales”) as Flix and Orka, respectively; Oscar Isaac (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”) as Poe Dameron; Gwendoline Christie (“Game of Thrones”) as Captain Phasma; and Rachel Butera (“Tammy’s Tiny Tea Time”) as General Leia Organa.