Star Wars Resistance is the latest animated series set in the Star Wars universe, from the same team that previously created The Clone Wars and Rebels, including lead producer Dave Filoni.

Resistance has a new setting, new characters, and a new animation style, telling the story of a group of ace pilots in the period just a few months before the events of The Force Awakens. Here's everything you need to know about the show.

If you're more interested in live action Star Wars, remember that there's a new premium Star Wars TV show on the way too. Here's all the latest news on Star Wars: The Mandalorian.

When does Star Wars Resistance start?

Star Wars Resistance has already aired its first two episodes in the US in a double bill on Sunday 7 October. In the US, these episodes aired on the Disney Channel, though after the first week the show will begin airing on Disney XD instead, at 10pm every Sunday.

If you're in the UK, there's a slight delay before episodes air. The show will air on Disney XD in the UK too, with the first episode set to air at 9:30am on Saturday 13 October - six days after the US debut.

How to watch outside the US

As we've said, the show will air on Disney XD in the UK, but not every country will get it, and even in the UK the show will be airing with a delay from the US - not ideal if you want to keep up as it airs and avoid spoilers from American fans.

Luckily it is possible to watch along with the US, though you'll need a VPN. Disney makes the Disney Channel and US version of Disney XD available to watch online through Disney Now, but to access US content, like new episodes of Resistance, you'll need it to think you're in the US.

Simply install a VPN and set your server to somewhere in the USA and Disney Now will serve up US episodes of the show, letting you stay ahead of the UK air dates. Our top recommendation is NordVPN, but we have a whole chart of the best VPNs for streaming video if you want to see a few more options.

What's it about?

Resistance follows a young pilot named Kaz who's recruited by Resistance fighter Poe Dameron for an espionage mission. That takes him to a base called the Colossus on the planet Castillon, where ace pilots compete in races and defend themselves from pirates, bandits, and the First Order.

How many episodes are there?

Disney hasn't yet confirmed how many episodes the first season of the show will include, but going by the previous animated series it's probably a safe bet that Disney will order 20 or so episodes, assuming the show is a success.

Watch the trailers

There have been a couple of trailers for the show so far. First is the fast-paced first-look, which rattles through the basic plot but mostly serves to show off the show's new CGI animation style:

For a better look at the show, try the more recent extended sneak peek, which delves deeper into the show's setting and cast, including a look at some of the new ships and First Order baddies.

Who's in the cast?

As you'd expect from a Star Wars cartoon, the voice cast is a nice mix of voice actors you probably haven't heard of with a few bigger TV stars, along with cameo appearances from bigger names including the stars of the films themselves.

The core cast includes Christopher Sean as lead character Kaz, joined by the likes of Suzie McGrath (Eastenders), Donald Faison (Scrubs), Scott Lawrence (Legion) and Josh Brener (Silicon Valley).

There will also be a few famous faces (well, voices) appearing along the way too. Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie are already confirmed to make cameo appearances as Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma respectively, while Adam Driver is also expected to pop up as Kylo Ren. 

Leia is also making an appearance in the show, but obviously (and sadly) Carrie Fisher won't be voicing her. Instead voice actress Rachel Butera will voice the general in at least the first episode of the show.