If you’ve heard the sound of millions of Star Wars fans crying out this past Thursday, that’s because Disney and Lucasfilm announced an exciting lineup of projects and gave fans a new look at Lucasfilm’s upcoming shows and movies.
So, hold on to Baby Yoda (or Grogu) as we jump into lightspeed to see just where in the galaxy we’re exploring next!
Rangers of the New Republic
The Mandalorian executive producers, John Faveru and Dave Filoni, are set to explore more of the galaxy during the timeline of The Mandalorian with this live-action series. Very little info was given about this companion series, but we know it will have ties to The Mandalorian (and the show next on this list) and culminate in a climactic story event. A possible space crime-fighting show? Sign me up!
Fan-favorite character, Ahsoka, recently made her Star Wars live-action debut in the second season of The Mandalorian. Now, fans can be excited that she’s getting her own limited series coming to Disney Plus. Starring Rosario Dawson and written by Dave Filoni himself, Ahsoka will continue the character’s story during the timeline of The Mandalorian. As a huge fan of Ahsoka myself, I can’t wait to see more of her story unfold!
Star Wars: Visions
Star Wars: Visions will be a look at the Star Wars galaxy like we’ve never seen before. An anthology of ten short films, Star Wars: Visions will present a new, animated take on Star Wars from some of the world’s best anime creators and studios. Bringing more perspectives to a galaxy far, far away, this series should be an exciting fresh take on Star Wars no matter how many times you’ve seen the movies.
One of the shows that fans already knew to be in production, the live-action series following Captain Cassian Andor from Rogue One, finally has an official title. With Diego Luna returning to the role of Cassian Andor, Lucasfilm also announced a slew of new cast members to an ensemble cast, including Genevieve O’Reilly returning as Mon Mothma. Billed as a spy thriller, the series will show the “building of a revolution.” Andor has started production and filming and is expected to release in 2022.
You can watch the sizzle reel here.
Another show previously announced by Lucasfilm, Obi-Wan Kenobi is set ten years after the fall of the Republic and promises a potential rematch between Obi-wan and Darth Vader, as Lucasfilm has confirmed Hayden Christensen is returning to the role of Darth Vader. With the Duel on Mustafar being one of the prequels’ highlights, this news has us ecstatic! Production on this highly anticipated limited series is expected to start in March 2021.
The Bad Batch
In February of 2020 (so long ago, I know), The Clone Wars returned with its seventh and final season to Disney Plus, finally answering questions fans of the show have had for years. The first story arc of season seven introduces audiences to “The Bad Batch,” a group of clones different from the rest, who each possess a special skill, making them formidable on the battlefield. Announced earlier this year, The Bad Batch is a spin-off following this team of clones after the infamous Order 66. Releasing in 2021, you can watch the first teaser for the series now.
Yes, that’s right, after appearances in Solo: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, the smooth-talking scoundrel, Lando Calrissian, is finally getting his own show. Lucasfilm didn’t release information about the cast or timeline, but we know that Justin Simien, creator of Dear White People, is developing the story. Will we see the return of Billy Dee Williams or Donald Glover to the role? Needless to say, I can’t wait to find out more about this!
A Droid Story
Lucasfilm is no stranger to innovative storytelling. For this series coming to Disney Plus, Lucasfilm Animation and the visual effect gurus at Industrial Light & Magic are teaming up to explore a new story in the Star Wars galaxy. Little detail is known, but this combination should have stunning results to give us a Star Wars adventure like we’ve never seen before. According to Lucasfilm, “This epic journey will introduce us to a new hero, guided by legendary duo R2-D2 and C-3PO.”
Earlier this year, Lucasfilm announced The High Republic, launching a new era in Star Wars storytelling. The High Republic era takes place 200 years before prequel movies following the height of the Jedi Order and the Grand Republic. All we’ve known so far was about the publishing initiative that would tell stories from this era, for adult, young adult, and children’s readers alike with the first book, Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule. It is now being released on January 5, 2021.
Now, The High Republic is getting its own live-action series. The Acolyte will be a mystery thriller series, exploring the rise of dark side forces at the end of the High Republic.
Untitled Taika Waititi Film
On the film front, Lucasfilm also announced two upcoming movies set in the Star Wars universe. After directing several episodes of the first season of The Mandalorian and starring in the show as IG-11, Taika Waititi is confirmed to be directing his own Star Wars film. Very little detail is known other than Taika is currently writing the script, but it promises to be weird and incredibly fun with a promo image like that. It’s sure to be a Star Wars film like we’ve never seen before and I can’t wait!
Lucasfilm has announced their next film will follow a new generation of fighter pilots in a high-stakes, high speed, thrill ride. Wonder Woman director, Patty Jenkins, will be directing this story that will reportedly “move the saga into the future era of the galaxy.” Jenkins, whose father was a fighter pilot, told Star Wars, “It’s been a lifelong dream as a filmmaker to one day make a great fighter pilot film.” With the incredible work she’s done with Wonder Woman, I’m so excited to see what she brings to a galaxy far, far away. Rogue Squadron is expected to premiere in theaters on Christmas, 2023.
The Skywalker Saga may be complete, but there is so much more to look forward to for Star Wars and Lucasfilm!
What upcoming Lucasfilm project are you most looking forward to? Let us know!
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