Star Wars: Resistance, the next TV saga set in the galaxy far, far away, is apparently slated to premiere this October, with a few character images being leaked online.
This announcement has not officially been made, but leaked after an event in France talked about the series. The Twitter account of Yakface.com also released a picture where you can see some concept art for the series and its characters.
The show was first announced in April. It will be set a few years before the events of the current “Sequel Trilogy” of films (Episodes VII through IX) and show the early days of the Resistance, which fights against the emerging threat of the First Order.
The main character will reportedly be a new character named Kazuda Xiono, described as “a young pilot recruited to help spy on the First Order.” At this point, we do not even know this character’s species or gender, though for what it’s worth, the art showed at the French event has a young man who looks human front and center over the other characters, taking the position that a protagonist would usually hold.
It has been confirmed that BB-8, Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma will be recurring characters in the show, with the latter two voiced by their big screen actors, Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie.
Previous reports had said that the show’s art style would be “anime-inspired.” While anime obviously has many different styles, the art showed at the French event does not really match the usual implications of that term, instead mostly matching the Forces of Destiny web series. That said, this may be concept art, with the final product being closer to other “American anime.”
The show is being created by Dave Filoni, who was also a driving force behind the other canonical Star Wars TV series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. The latter especially invites comparisons to this new series, as it focused on the formation of the Original Trilogy’s Rebel Alliance.
Given how much Clone Wars and Rebels wound up being connected, it would not be surprising if this show includes characters from the older works, or even directly ties into the films (see, for example, the cameo at the end of Solo, which makes sense to fans of the cartoons).