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Meet the ‘Star Wars Resistance’ Cast and Crew in a New Featurette

Mechanics, wannabe racers, and one guy who’s practically seen it all. Meet Team Fireball!

The new featurette video from Lucasfilm is a feast for the eyes and the ears as fans get to meet the creative minds behind the new animated series as well as some of the voices that bring these characters to life.

“I want it to have a sense of childlike fun and adventure,” said Star Wars Resistance creator Dave Filoni. “What unifies this team is that they need each other. They need to try and win races to survive and make money.”

After all, things don’t come easy in a galaxy far, far away. Even your everyday mechanic has to earn a wage to make a decent living, but why fix ships for money when you can fly them instead? To win a race at Colossus, the massive refueling station and home of Team Fireball, you have to be an exceptional pilot. Kazuda Xiono might be that guy, but he also has a different task to handle.

(Photo: Lucasfilm)

“Kaz’s job, given to him by Poe [Dameron], is to spy on the First Order. He’s good at flying, but he’s not really good at spying,” said Christopher Sean, the voice behind Kazuda. He’s slightly out of his element, but he’s the kind of guy who’ll show up and do the job anyway.

Executive Producer and Supervising Director Justin Ridge also added, “He’s a bit clumsy. He gets into trouble here and there, but Kaz is definitely a guy who has a lot of heart and wants to make a difference.”

Sounds a lot like Ezra Bridger from Star Wars Rebels and that alone makes Kaz the character I want to keep my eye on because these traits make him a relatable character, especially to a younger audience. At one time or another, we’ve tripped, fallen, and/or said something stupid. No one is infallible. Even our heroes make mistakes. It’s what you do after the mistakes that counts.

(Photo: Lucasfilm)

Speaking of heroes, what happens to the ones who’ve fought in one war and live to see a peaceful time? They become a mechanic on Colossus, like Jarek Yeager. An old school pilot for the Rebellion, Yeager spends his time managing his repair shop and someone like Kaz is bound to shake things up.

“He, unfortunately, keeps getting pulled back into the action,” said Scott Lawrence, the voice of the veteran pilot.

In some ways, he sounds like Kanan Jarrus. Not only is Yeager the father figure of Team Fireball, like Kanan was in the Ghost crew, but he’s also being put in a situation where his past as a rebel pilot will inevitably start influencing his actions.

(Photo: Lucasfilm)

Then, there’s ex-racer and current mechanic Tam Ryvora, voiced by Suzie McGrath. Tough, no nonsense, and recognizes when to bring on the attitude, Tam is not someone to be messed with.

“She also has a lot of heart and passion. She wants to have a purpose in life,” said Executive Producer Athena Yvette Portillo.

Brandon Auman, executive producer and head writer, also added that even though she cares about people, she prefers to keep her emotions to herself. Again, one can’t help but compare her to Sabine Wren, a hardened character who shared some of those qualities. Sabine also had an amazing arc of episodes in the latter half of Star Wars Rebels, so it’ll be interesting to learn more about Tam and what keeps her motivated.

(Photo: Lucasfilm)

Last but certainly not least is Neeku Vozo, a genius albeit totally naive non-human voiced by Josh Brener.

“He’s this unbelievably positive, happy Nikto character. No matter what kind of day you’re having, Neeku is having a great day,” said Brener, and it’s no surprise that he became an instant fan-favorite character following the featurette’s debut. It also sounds like Neeku and Kaz will get along quite well and will make a great pair of characters once they start off on their adventures.

Whether you want to believe it or not, we live in a golden age of Star Wars storytelling. With so many upcoming projects on the way, like the newly announced season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the live-action series spearheaded by Jon Favreau, there is something different for everybody. Star Wars Resistance is just one piece of a giant puzzle, and most importantly, it’ll be the entry point for a new generation of fans.

“We made the show for a younger audience,” said Portillo. “I think they’ll love the relationships between the characters and all the lightheartedness. It’s unique in tone, unique in look. It’s a completely different package.”

A package we can’t wait to unwrap on Sunday, October 7 (Columbus holiday weekend), when the series debuts at 10pm ET/PT on the Disney Channel and Disney NOW.

Up next on TWG, we’ll break down the nuggets of information and glimpses of concept art seen throughout the featurette. Until next time, which member of Team Fireball are you looking forward to learning more about?

8 comments on “Meet the ‘Star Wars Resistance’ Cast and Crew in a New Featurette

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  5. Hmmm, a kid’s show debuting at 10 pm?
    Uh, ok.
    I’m really not sure that generating an income is something kids really need to be cognizant about. I thought Star Wars was science fantasy, and I wish they would keep it that way. If we wanted a reminder about the daily grind, there are better venues than SW to pull this off.
    I’m really thinking that Disney is just about totally clueless concerning what they are after here. Kids aren’t stupid, they know when they’re being talked down to, and when they are being challenged. At it’s best, SW challenges kids to appreciate the heroism, sacrifice, and loyalty of it’s characters. I hope this new animation team recognizes the importance of this going forward.
    Animation has been the bright spot for SW since the Disney takeover, and it has raised the bar for what can be achieved. Inevitably, this leads to fan expectations that are demanding. If Disney wants a new, younger audience to be brought into the fold, they need stories and content that inspire, because those younger viewers are brought into the fold by older fans who appreciate what SW animation has become.
    I hope this is not simply a slick looking blow off series trying too hard to be politically and socially correct. The kids will know if it’s speaking to them pretty quickly, and the rest of us will find out if this is a worthy addition to the impressive work that is SW animation.

    • Johnamarie Macias

      It’s funny to me how people think 10pm is an issue for a kids’ show, but the content the shows tend to portray is okay? Ahsoka beheading four Mandalorians, two suicides, countless clones dying horrific deaths, innocent people being subjected to slavery. I think a 10pm slot is okay compared to all of that, especially since that’s a holiday weekend. Additionally, we don’t know if that’s the slot it’ll continue to stay in. It could be that they premiere the show that night and then continue the show weeks later in a different day/time slot. Even if that doesn’t happen, they will be replaying the episode on Disney Channel and XD during other days/times. And since Disney has the resources to do its research, maybe they have information regarding how children prefer to stream more than tuning in live. I know my cousins prefer it that way. Also, while Disney is distributing this show and providing the funds for it, this show is ultimately made by Lucasfilm—by the same people who did Clone Wars and Rebels. If they want to package it up differently, they have the right to do so and they should not be beholden to anybody. This is not an effort to dumb things down because they think children are stupid. I think the adults who are making this content understand children a lot better than most adults who consume it.

      Anyway, thanks for sharing your opinion. Personally, I’m looking forward to the new adventure and drinking in all of the colors/art style.

  6. I’m so much more excited for this than I thought I would be! All of these characters look so gosh-darn endearing! I would say that I already feel very attached to Neeku, if I were not like 80% sure that he’s going to be the spy for the First Order. Always beware the nice ones!… but man he’s so cute. And he’s a legacy alien who’s not beige! That makes me so happy! And I have a feeling I’m going to like Yeager as well because parent-figures are my favorite characters lately, for whatever reason.

    Also, I don’t care what anyone says, I *love* the animation. It’s just so bright and colorful! Seriously, what’s not to like???

    • Johnamarie Macias

      I am right there with you, Cora! The style and coloring are so captivating. Everything looks so shiny and new, haha! But yeah, I’m super excited for this series. Way more excited than I thought I would be, especially given how I originally felt about a new animated series coming so soon after Rebels had ended. Only 13 more days! Woo!

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