A brand new look at the upcoming animated series, Star Wars Resistance, was unveiled at Rendez-vous des Partenaires 2018, an annual meeting between Disney France and its business partners, where they discussed current and future retail trends.
The presentation featured artwork of Imperial and Resistance characters, some of who are familiar, like Captain Phasma and Poe Dameron, and some who are new to the Star Wars galaxy.
The Resistance character featured at the center is believed to be Kazuda Xiono (also believed to be voiced by Christopher Sean), a young pilot tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order. He is surrounded by six other characters, four of which are unknown.
As a reminder the cast list includes Christopher Sean (Days of Our Lives), Suzie McGrath (East Enders), Scott Lawrence (Legion), Myrna Velasco (Elena of Avalor) — (bottom row, from left to right) Josh Brener (Silicon Valley), Donald Faison (Scrubs), Bobby Moynihan (DuckTales), Jim Rash (Community), and Rachel Butera (Tammy’s Tiny Tea Time).
While Moynihan didn’t say much about his character during his appearance on The Star Wars Show, Jim Rash recently revealed in an interview with Entertainment Tonight that his voice will be attached to a creature (possibly the green non-human character in the far back) named Flex. Additionally, Rash mentioned that his character alongside Moynihan’s character (the droid character behind BB-8, maybe?) are “two guys who basically run the equipment.”
Not much else is known about the characters and the voice actors who voice them, but so far, it’s great to see a diverse set of characters on a mission to fight back against the First Order.
As for the First Order side of things, some fans believe the red-looking trooper is a character called Cardinal, who first appeared in the Phasma novel by Delilah S. Dawson.
In an interview with StarWars.com, Dawson said, “Cardinal is our lens into why a good person would dedicate their life to the First Order — and why they’d seek to excise someone like Phasma by any means necessary once they caught a glimpse of who is behind that mask.”
While it would be interesting to see this fan theory come to life, it’s difficult to say whether this is Cardinal or just an ordinary trooper with red armor.
In terms of the look of the show, some have wondered whether Resistance will be 2D animated, but it’s clearer now that it will be 3D animated with cel shading. For those not familiar, cel shading is a technique that makes 3D animation look flat and 2D. The process is used in video games, such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Sea of Thieves, but other examples include The Iron Giant, Tron: Uprising, Futurama, and the CG vehicles in the Star Wars: Clone Wars micro-series.
TWG contributor Elisa Ardell shared with us the official trailer of Ronja, The Robber’s Daughter, an upcoming Amazon Prime series with cel shading from Studio Ghibli, as an example of what Resistance could look like.
Personally, I don’t mind cel shading as long as it’s done well. Some people, on the other hand, are not fans of the technique at all, believing it’s a cheap imitation. Others believe it should be used mainly for props and vehicles. Opinions vary, and you can be certain that Star Wars fans will definitely have a variety of opinions when it comes to the look of the show.
Star Wars Resistance is currently set to premiere in the fall, and according to Pauline Dauvin (Director of Programs and Acquisitions, Disney France) via Hélène Wetzel (Communication Manager, Disney France), the series will be arriving in October. You can find the full quote at /Film.
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