Watch the first trailer for Star Wars ResistanceAugust 17, 2018
Disney’s next animated Star Wars show just got its first trailer, and it’s looking like a light-hearted adventure about becoming a resistance pilot. As originally announced earlier this year, Resistance is being helmed by Clone Wars and Rebels veteran Dave Filoni and stars Kazuda Xiono, a emotive newbie who seems a little over his head.
The show’s one-hour premiere—which will air on Disney Channel, DisneyNOW and Disney Channel VOD, with subsequent airings on Disney XD, on October 7th—kicks off at the start of Xiono’s mission to spy on the First Order on a planet full of new aliens. Xiono—who bears an uncanny resemblance to Bolin from The Legend of Korra—happens to live with a friend of Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac voices), so you should expect to see some familiar faces mixed in with totally new characters. The resourceful BB-8, for example, seems to be Xiono’s companion throughout his adventures, which are set before the events of The Force Awakens.
Based on the trailer, it looks like Resistance will be defined in part by its distinctive cel-shaded animation style inspired by anime. Once Disney’s streaming service finally gets up and running—the estimate is now at late 2019—Resistance will be joined by the live-action series from Jon Favreau that was announced last fall, as well as the return of The Clone Wars, an additional 12-episode arc that got a surprise reveal at San Diego Comic-Con in July.