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New Star Wars animated series brings back several sequel-trilogy favorites

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Star Wars Resistance introduces new characters while roping in Poe, BB-8

With the third installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy still over a year away, Disney’s Star Wars Resistance has emerged to fill the content void. The series, which takes place prior to the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, premieres Oct. 7 at 10 p.m. ET on Disney Channel.

The series follows Kazuda “Kaz” Xiono, a Resistance pilot recruited to spy on the First Order. In the one-hour premiere episode, titled “The Recruit,” we’ll catch a glimpse of some familiar faces as Poe Dameron (voiced by Oscar Isaac) and BB-8 assign Kaz to the Colossus, a re-fueling platform that’s home to a variety of beings from across the galaxy.

While working undercover, Kaz is forced to keep his mission a secret from a new family while also avoiding the danger of the First Order (there’s at least a few sky races thrown in the mix as well). Somewhere down the line in the series, we’ll run into other familiar sequel-trilogy characters as well: Gwendoline Christie is set to reprise her role as Captain Phasma, and Rachel Butera (Tammy’s Tiny Tea Time) will voice General Leia Organa.

Christopher Sean (Days of Our Lives) plays Kaz. The series was created by Star Wars cartoon veteran Dave Fiolni, who worked on both Star Wars: The Clone Wars (which was recently revived on for a final season) and Star Wars Rebels. Other cast members include Josh Brener (Silicon Valley), Donald Faison (Scrubs) and Jim Rash (Community).

Star Wars Resistance will premiere not only on Disney Channel, but also DisneyNOW and Disney Channel VOD.