With over a year to go before Star Wars: Episode IX hits theaters, Disney and Lucasfilm are releasing a new animated show to hold fans over. The first trailer for Star Wars Resistance has already launched, but Lucasfilm has also released a new featurette that introduces the series’s primary characters.
The show is Star Wars’ third animated series from supervising director Dave Filoni, after The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. In the featurette, he explains that the show’s main characters, Team Fireball, aren’t caught up in the larger conflict between the Resistance and the First Order. Instead, they’re focused on the challenge of earning a living by racing speeders and starfighters from a base called Colossus.
The first member of the team, who looks similar to Clone Wars’ Ahsoka Tano or Rebels’ Ezra Bridger, is named Kazuda “Kaz” Xiono (voiced by Christopher Sean). He’s a fresh-faced pilot “who’s coming into his own” and is a bit of a “fish out of water.” He meets Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), who tasks him with spying on the First Order. While Kaz is a good pilot, he’s not a great spy.
Jarek Yeager (Scott Lawrence), is the group’s mentor, a pilot from the Rebellion era who’s working at Colossus. Suzie McGrath voices Tam Ryvora, the team’s tough mechanic, while Josh Brener plays Neeku, a brilliant but naïve alien who also joins the team in some unspecified capability. The featurette adds some familiar characters — General Leia and BB-8 — which helps establish the timeline as just before the sequel trilogy that began with The Force Awakens. (The featurette doesn’t give speculators any more data about a rival female pilot who turned up in the show’s trailer. She might not be part of Team Fireball.)
We don’t get a lot of plot details from the featurette, but it looks as though it’ll initially follow the same format as its predecessors. Kaz is convinced to help the Resistance by keeping an eye on the First Order, and, presumably, his team will get more involved in the war as the series progresses. That format worked nicely for both The Clone Wars and Rebels, which started with a fresh group of characters who became fan favorites as they embarked on their respective journeys.
Star Wars Resistance premieres on October 7th on Disney Channel.