Star Wars Resistance Is Adding A Lord Of The Rings Star

Kazuda "Kaz" Xiono Star Wars Resistance Disney Channel

Star Wars Resistance has an impressive list of actors from the films ready to lend their voices to the animated series, but, apparently, the show is also pulling in Hollywood talent from outside the franchise as well. Fandoms will collide on the Disney Channel series as The Lord of the Rings actor Elijah Wood will guest star in the opening season. Wood is set to play a mischievous character named Jace Rucklin who, judging from this episode synopsis, appears to be a bad influence on Kazuda "Kaz" Xiono:

Kaz befriends a sky racer named Rucklin who pressures him to take some rare and dangerous hyperfuel hidden in Yeager's office. Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) guest stars as Jace Rucklin.

It sounds like Jace Rucklin may have some ulterior motives in persuading Kaz to steal from Jarek Yeager, but it could also be that he's just a reckless pilot hoping to use the hyperfuel in an upcoming race. Elijah Wood's character is unique to Star Wars Resistance, and, unfortunately, looks as though it could be a one-and-done guest-starring role. Wood's character will appear in episode 4, but is not mentioned in the following episode which features another guest star, Donald Faison.

Star Wars Resistance locking down Elijah Wood is somewhat surprising, although the Lord of the Rings actor has been known to dabble in voice acting over the years. He had a pretty long stint doing so for Disney in their animated series Tron: Uprising, and would later lend his voice to the critically acclaimed Cartoon Network miniseries Over The Garden Wall. Wood's voice work in Star Wars Resistance will be the second time he's voice acted this year, as the actor also guest-starred on the Cartoon Network series Summer Camp Island. No photos have been released showing what Wood's Jace Rucklin will look like, although it's possible the character is somewhere in this new extended look at the season:

Star Wars faithfuls may or may not see Elijah Wood's new character, but we do get a solid look at some of the sky-racing. The sport will serve as Kaz's cover as he engages on a top-secret mission for the Resistance at the Colossus refueling station. Kaz's mission is to report on whether the population of the station is more First Order or Resistance friendly, which may be hard for him to do considering all these side shenanigans he's engaging in. Of course, being a good spy means keeping a good cover and not arousing suspicion, so perhaps Kaz accepted Rucklin's challenge to prove he's a morally gray person?

Star Wars Resistance is set to premiere on Disney Channel on Sunday, October 7 at 10:00 p.m. ET. Lots of other shows will be returning to television around that time as well, so be sure to see what else is on the way by visiting our fall premiere guide.

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