The new Star Wars: Visions trailer proves that the Lucasfilm Sci-fi franchise has ventured into unchartered territory. Not that there is anything wrong with that as it provides a fresh new take on the beloved series.

For those of you who don’t know, Disney+ is reimagining the Star Wars franchise in Japanese anime. The anthology series from Lucasfilm will see stories told through the singular style and tradition of Japanese anime.

Helping them bring this ‘vision’ to life is several renowned Japanese studios.  The studios creating the nine shorts include Kamikaze Douga – “The Duel”; Geno Studio (Twin Engine) – “Lop and Ochō”; Studio Colorido (Twin Engine) – “Tatooine Rhapsody”; TRIGGER – “The Twins” and “The Elder”; Kinema Citrus – “The Village Bride”; Science Saru – “Akakiri” and “T0-B1”; and Production I.G. – “The Ninth Jedi.”

First Look Trailer

Judging by the first Star Wars: Visions trailer above, the series looks to be as advertised as its undoubtedly impressive.  The new trailer provides a glimpse of the captivating tone and stunning visuals from each of the animated shorts. Fans can view the series with both the original Japanese voice cast or the English dub cast when the series launches on Disney+ on September 22.

The English dub cast includes voice talents of returning Star Wars actors and talent new to the Star Wars universe. Some of the big names lending their voices to the characters include Henry Golding, Jamie Chung, George Takei, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Karen Fukuhara. Temuera Morrison will also be back to voice the Bounty Hunter, Boba Fett.

According to James Waugh, executive producer and Lucasfilm Vice President, Franchise Content & Strategy, the upcoming series will showcase the full spectrum of bold storytelling found across Japanese animation.

“Each will be told with a freshness and voice that expands our understanding of what a Star Wars story can be and celebrates a galaxy that has been such an inspiration to so many visionary storytellers.”

(Images: Disney+, Lucasfilm)

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Richard Augustin
Former chef turned writer; Richard has tip-toed around the publishing industry for two decades. When not busy chasing deadlines, you can still find him experimenting with recipes in the kitchen.

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