New Star Wars Animated TV Series Will Be A Force Awakens Prequel

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The Star Wars sequel trilogy has supplanted the Rebels for the Resistance, and now Lucasfilm's animated offerings are doing the exact same thing.

Disney XD's Star Wars Rebels wrapped-up its four-season run earlier this year with a galaxy-altering finale, but we'd already heard that a new show from creator Dave Filoni would be on the way. That's now been revealed to be Star Wars Resistance, which will explore stories before events of The Force Awakens.

The series, which has an anime-inspired style, will follow the journey of 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."

Alongside Xiono and a band of colourful new characters the series will also feature everyone's favourite droid BB-8, and will also see appearances from Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma, with Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie returning to voice their characters. Of the idea, Filoni said:

"The idea for Star Wars Resistance came out of my interest in World War II aircraft and fighter pilots. 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."

It's an interesting project, especially on the back of The Last Jedi, which almost wiped out the Resistance completely. It'll certainly be intriguing to see more of the First Order too, and whether or not we'll get appearances from other major characters too, since the timeline means someone like Supreme Leader Snoke could return.

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