Last month, on the fifth of March, the computer-animated space opera series “Star Wars Rebels” came to an end after airing four seasons. This show, chronicling the more subdued struggles of the Rebel Alliance in the Dark Times of the Galactic Empire (before the war went hot with “Rogue One” and Luke Skywalker) became popular with the larger “Star Wars” fandom and even won some well-earned TV awards. But what is next now with the story of the Rebels told? Lucasfilm Animation has finally broken its silence to announce a new series set in the films’ sequel trilogy…in anime style.
As Variety tells it, Disney XD will be getting a replacement to its hit “Star Wars” spinoff animated series “Rebels”, in the form of “Star Wars Resistance”. The official “Star Wars” website notes that production has already begun on the show, which will be animated in 2D with an aesthetic evoking Japanese anime. Such a style has been done before with Nickelodeon’s “Avatar” and “Legend of Korra” series, both of which were partly-animated by South Korean studios. This will be the first time since 2003 when a Star Wars series would be traditionally rendered after “The Clone Wars” and “Rebels”.
“Resistance” is created by “Rebels” director and Lucasfilm Animation old hand Dave Filoni, who says he was inspired in its conception by his grandfather, a pilot in World War II, as well as other pilots and their aircraft of the era. This is reflected in the main character of “Resistance”, young civilian pilot Kazuda Xiono, who is recruited by the Resistance sometime prior to the events of “Episode VII – The Force Awakens”, and tasked with spying on the Imperial remnant First Order. In the course of his mission he will meet allies and enemies later appearing in the sequel trilogy.
For the new series, Lucasfilm Animation is planning to put emphasis on aerial and space combat between star-fighters and their pilots, according to Filoni. “There’s a long history of high-speed racing in Star Wars,” he said. “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.” He will team up with executive producers Athena Portillo, Justin Ridge and Brandon Auman with art director Amy Beth Christenson, most having worked before on “Clone Wars” and “Rebels”. Disney XD is looking forward to the show.
“Star Wars Resistance” will have actors Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christine vocally reprising their roles as Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma. They will be joined by Bobby Moynihan, Christopher Sean, Suzie McGrath, Scott Lawrence, Myrna Velasco, Josh Brener and more. The series will premiere on Disney XD this coming fall.
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