Star Wars makers Disney and Lucasfilm have announced details of Star Wars Resistance, a new animated series that will premiere later this year on the Disney XD channel.

The animé-inspired show takes place before the events in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The series follows a young rebel pilot, Kazuda Xiono, who is tasked with spying on the First Order. 

The voice cast includes Star Wars film favourites Oscar Isaac, who plays hero Poe Dameron; and Gwendoline Christie, who plays villain Captain Phasma. Much-loved droid BB-8 will also be getting in on the action.

The series has been created by Lucasfilm animation director Dave Filoni, who explained that the idea "came out of my interest in World War Two aircraft and fighter pilots". 

"My grandfather was a pilot and my uncle flew and restored planes, so that's been a big influence on me," Filoni continued.

"There's a long history of high-speed racing in Star Wars, and I think we've captured that sense of excitement in an animé-inspired style, which is something the entire team has been wanting to do for a long time."

The new Star Wars spin-off film, Solo: A Star Wars Story, opens in cinemas on Thursday, May 24.