Fans won’t have to wait until “Star Wars” Episode IX to see Poe Dameron and his trusty droid BB-8 again. Thanks to creator Dave Filoni, they’ll appear on the small screen first in the animated prequel series “Star Wars Resistance,” which premieres this October on Disney Channel.
The duo will help usher in a rookie ace pilot named Kazuda Xiono, or “Kaz” for short, in the series, which is set sometime before the events of “The Force Awakens.” The wide-eyed new Resistance recruit will become a spy whose mission it is to infiltrate the First Order, which is a growing threat. Once the series premieres on Disney Channel, it will roll out on Disney Channels worldwide.
According to Disney’s official description of 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 newfound 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 idea for ‘Star Wars Resistance’ came out of my interest in World War II aircraft and fighter pilots,” said Filoni in an official statement when the series was first announced in April. “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.”
Take a look below at the first trailer for the series, which was described as “anime-inspired.” There does seem to be “Robotech” vibe to those early hangar sequences:
Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie will vocally reprise their roles as Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma, respectively. Rachel Butera (“Tammy’s Tiny Tea Time”) will provide the voice of General Leia Organa.
The voice cast also includes Christopher Sean (“Days of Our Lives”) as Kaz; 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; and Jim Rash (“Community”) and Bobby Moynihan (“DuckTales”) as Flix and Orka, respectively.
“Star Wars Resistance” will premiere on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 10 p.m. ET on Disney Channel, DisneyNOW, and Disney Channel VOD, with subsequent airings on Disney XD.