‘Star Wars’ mission: Launch ‘Resistance’
LOS ANGELES — “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” picks up more than 30 years after events in “Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi.” A lot can happen in three decades. That’s where the new animated series “Star Wars: Resistance” will fill in some of the gaps. The production, which debuted last week on Disney Channel, takes place just before the events of “The Force Awakens.” Kazuda “Kaz” Xiono (voiced by Christopher Sean) is a young pilot recruited by Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) to work for the Resistance on a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order. Poe and BB-8 take Kaz to the Colossus, a massive aircraft refueling platform on an outer rim water planet. Sean is new to voice acting, having worked on liveaction projects such as “Hawaii Five-0.” But, Sean has been a fan of animation all his life. “To find the way to play Kaz, I took in Han Solo’s charisma, Poe Dameron’s instincts and my father being military, I take in from him respect,” Sean said. “Of course I take in my silliness and my clumsiness.” As for where “Resistance” fits in the “Star Wars” universe, Sean doesn’t see it as the bridge between “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens.” His take is the universe is massively big. The events of “Resistance” are just a piece of a lot of stories to be told. The team behind “Star Wars: Resistance” are veterans of previous “Star Wars” projects. The series was created by Lucasfilm Animation veteran Dave Filoni, the man behind “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars Rebels.”
FIGHTING GALACTIC THREAT: ‘Star Wars: Resistance’ airs on the Disney Channel.