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10 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT STAR WARS RESISTANCE

Want the inside scoop on Disney’s stellar new animated series, Star Wars Resistance? Look no further! Here are our top 10 intergalactic facts on the high-flying space adventure… 

STAR WARS SECRET NUMBER ONE… 

THE CREATOR’S HIGH-FLYING FAMILY HISTORY INSPIRED THE SHOW!

“The idea for Star Wars Resistance came out of my interest in World War II aircraft and fighter pilots,” reveals the show’s creator, Dave Filoni. “My grandfather was a pilot and my uncle flew and restored planes, so that’s been a big influence on me. There’s a long history of high-speed racing in Star Wars, and I think we’ve captured that sense of excitement in an anime-inspired style, which is something the entire team has been wanting to do for a long time.”

STAR WARS SECRET NUMBER TWO… 

THE STORY OF THE NEW SERIES TAKES PLACE BEFORE THE FORCE AWAKENS! 

Iconic characters from the Star Wars universe appear in the ace new animation, including fan-favourites such as Captain Phasma, General Leia Organa, Poe Dameron and BB-8. Executive producer Athena Portillo explains: “Because this story takes place six months prior to The Force Awakens, it makes sense to see some of the characters people know and love. That’s why we’ve included Leia, Poe, Phasma and BB-8. In Star Wars Resistance, we’re talking about the rise of the Resistance and the rise of the First Order, so it’s important to bring these characters into the story.”

STAR WARS SECRET NUMBER THREE… 

THERE ARE PLANS TO INCLUDE MORE ICONIC STAR WARS CHARACTERS! 

The executive producers remain tight-lipped about the names of any other legacy characters scheduled to appear in the animated series – but it’s definitely a possibility that fans will see more. “There’s always potential for more, but we don’t want to spoil any surprises,” admits executive producer and head writer, Brandon Auman. “We want people to come back and watch Star Wars Resistance, so there will be lots of surprises – but we won’t spoil the fun. You’ll definitely see lots of cool elements in the show.”

STAR WARS SECRET NUMBER FOUR… 

THERE WILL BE LOTS OF NEW ALIENS AND WORLDS IN STAR WARS RESISTANCE!

“It’s really cool to bring characters into the story that already exist, but it’s lots more fun to create new worlds, new aliens and new heroes,” reveals Brandon Auman. “That’s the most fun aspect of creating a new show like this. We get to create all these new pieces of the galaxy, and they can all spin off into other media. Hopefully, we’ll see them again in other novels and other movies!” 

STAR WARS SECRET NUMBER FIVE… 

IT’S A TEAM EFFORT TO COME UP WITH THE CHARACTER NAMES!

“It’s a mammoth effort to come up with the names of the new characters,” explains Athena Portillo. “I think Dave Filoni already had a couple of names in his head when we started work on the project, but it was a group effort to come up with the rest. I remember creating a list of everybody’s thoughts on what these characters should be called. It was huge! People from Disney and Lucasfilm would send over their top five selections, or their top three, and we’d eventually decide on one.” 

STAR WARS SECRET NUMBER SIX… 

SOME OF THE NAMES HAVE CHANGED ALONG THE WAY!

Tons of animated action of Star Wars Resistance takes place on a refueling station called Colossus, but the iconic new location didn’t always have the same name. “It took us a really long time to come up with the name of Colossus,” recalls Brandon Auman. “Originally, it was just called The Platform – but we knew we wanted to come up with something better than that. Every once in a while, someone will still refer to it as The Platform or The Station – but it wasn’t until deep into season one that we finally landed on Colossus.”  

STAR WARS SECRET NUMBER SEVEN… 

THE BACK-STORIES OF THE CHARACTERS WILL SOON BE REVEALED IN THE SHOW! 

Keep your eyes peeled for secret hints to the characters’ back-stories in Star Wars Resistance. “As the series moves forward, you get more insight into the main characters,” reveals executive producer and supervising director, Justin Ridge. “More and more information is uncovered as we go along, so you’ll soon start to see the core of who they are and their motivations. You’ll also see how these factors impact their decisions and their relationships with other characters. We reveal who they are, why they’re there and what they’re doing, which ultimately affects the larger storyline, too.” 

STAR WARS SECRET NUMBER EIGHT… 

THE SHOW EXPLORES NEW AREAS OF THE GALAXY!

Most of the story of Star Wars Resistance takes place on a water planet called Castilon, which is a brand new addition to the Star Wars universe. “It’s a whole new world, which is really cool,” explains Brandon Auman. “However, we’re not always on the water planet. We do go off and see other places to get a glimpse of what else is out there, especially in the Outer Rim. It’s exciting to see more and more of the galaxy uncovered.” 

STAR WARS SECRET NUMBER NINE… 

TAM RYVORA WAS THE FIRST NEW CHARACTER CREATED FOR THE SHOW!

The first new character designed in the eye-catching cartoon style of Star Wars Resistance was Tam Ryvora; a hotshot mechanic at the heart of the story. “There was a lot of exploration when we were coming up with the design of the new characters in the show,” reveals Justin Ridge. “It takes a lot of time to create something from scratch, but Tam was the first.” 

STAR WARS SECRET NUMBER TEN… 

IT TAKES UP TO A YEAR TO CREATE EACH EPISODE OF THE ANIMATED ADVENTURE!

The creation of a new Star Wars series is no easy feat. “From start to finish, it takes about a year to create an episode,” admits Brandon Auman. “That’s how long it takes from the very first writers’ conference – where we discuss stories ideas – through to post production. We can’t wait for everyone to see what we’ve created!” 

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