Disney has revealed that its new anime-inspired Star Wars Resistance series from Star Wars Rebels showrunner and Lucasfilm Animation vet Dave Filoni will premiere as a one-hour special on Sunday, October 7 at 10 p.m. EDT/PDT on Disney Channel US, the DisneyNOW app and Disney Channel VOD.
More airings will play out on Disney XD in the US, followed by a worldwide launch on Disney Channels Worldwide.
The series follows a young pilot who is recruited to spy on the growing First Order. Set in a time period leading up to the events of 2015′s The Force Awakens, the series will feature a number of familiar faces from the new Star Wars universe, including BB-8, Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and stormtrooper commander Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie).
According to creator Filoni, the inspiration for the series came from his interest in World War II aircraft and fighter pilots.
With Filoni at the helm, the series is executive produced by Athena Portillo and Justin Ridge, whose credits include Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. Brandon Auman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) rounds out the executive producing team, with Amy Beth Christenson (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) on board as art director.