Star Wars Resistance producer Justin Ridge says the new animated series will crossover with the events of The Force Awakens.
Resistance is the latest animated series to enter the Star Wars canon following The Clone Wars and Rebels. The new series explores the time between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, taking place six months before the start of the sequel trilogy. Head writer Brandon Auman spoke with SyFy about why they chose to set it before The Force Awakens:
“It’s a little hard for the younger fans to wrap their heads around it if it was, say 15 years before The Force Awakens. Then it’s a very nebulous timeline. You’re kind of not sure. The fact that we’ve got Poe Dameron and BB-8 from the very beginning — kids and any fan of any age automatically just know… ‘This is the new movies, this is where it’s gonna take place,’ so it’s just easier. And it was just fun to kind of roll in and back up a little bit instead of just trying to follow exactly where the movies are at.”
Ridge also revealed in the interview that the series will crossover with The Force Awakens at some point and touched on why the time period is so intriguing:
“This is actually an interesting timeline because you have all this old tech that’s still around, and some of the old droids and things that are still working, but you have all the new tech from the new movies. It’s a cool hybrid of old and new. Even though it has more the lighthearted tone to it, there are still stakes. This is still Star Wars, there’s still good guys and bad guys, it’s just there’s not a war going on at this point, so we don’t start off heavy with conflict, we have to see how the First Order is building up. This is part of [series lead] Kaz Xiono’s mission: to figure out what that is and report it to the Resistance.”
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The series features the voices of Christopher Sean, Bobby Moynihan, Suzie McGrath, Scott Lawrence, Myrna Velasco, Josh Brener, Donald Faison, Jim Rash, Lex Lang, and Rachel Butera. The series will also feature guest appearances from Sequel Trilogy stars Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie as Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma respectively.
Star Wars Resistance airs Sundays on Disney Channel.