Disney’s investor day revealed news of a lot of new films and television series from Marvel, Star Wars and beyond. Here’s everything announced for the Star Wars slate.
I can’t imagine many fans of Disney’s respective franchises could have foreseen just how many new films and television series we’d have to look forward to in coming years. Somewhere in the region of ten new Marvel projects, and a similar number for Star Wars. And more beyond.
Let’s break down the biggest news in relation to Star Wars.
Considering 2020 has felt like it’s lasted for five years on its own, the next feature film set in the Star Wars universe will focus on a squadron of rebel pilots. ‘Rogue Squadron’ is scheduled for a Christmas 2023 release, which feels like a long way away.
Directing ‘Rogue Squadron’ will be Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman). The story will follow the exploits “of a new generation of starfighter pilots as they earn their wings and risk their lives in a boundary-pushing, high-speed thrill-ride, and move the saga into the future era of the galaxy”.
As the daughter of a fighter pilot herself, Jenkins reveals in this video posted to her social media just how thrilled she is to be bringing ‘Rogue Squadron’ to the big screen.
‘Rogue Squadron’ isn’t the only feature film set in a galaxy far, far away to be in development. Another, as yet untitled, film is to be directed by Academy Award winning director Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok). LucasFilm president, Kathleen Kennedy, described the project as “fresh, unexpected, and…unique“. Which is exactly what you’d expect from the man who brought us ‘Jo Jo Rabbit’ and ‘What We Do In The Shadows’. We’re big fans of Waititi here at The Unheard Nerd.
Disney continues it’s commitment to supporting the Disney+ streaming platform with a slurry of new content for television.
Perhaps one of the most highly anticipated is ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’. Billed as a ‘special event series’, we already knew that Ewan McGregor would be reprising his role as Obi-Wan from the Star Wars prequel trilogy. It has now been revealed that McGregor will also be joined by Haiden Christensen who famously played Anakin Skywalker. Christensen will now have the opportunity to present Anakin’s transition to Sith Lord, Darth Vader.
The series will take place ten years after the events of ‘Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith’.
Ahsoka / Rangers of the New Republic
Two new series are set to spin out of Disney+’s jewel in the crown, ‘The Mandalorian’. Having only just debuted on ‘The Mandalorian’, Rosario Dawson will be returning to our screens as Ahsoka Tano in a limited episode, live-action series titled ‘Ahsoka’. The character has already proven supremely popular with fans and her adventures will continue within the same universe.
‘The Mandalorian’ universe is due to expand further in a second series set in the same timeline, ‘Rangers of the New Republic’.
‘Rangers of the New Republic’, ‘Ahsoka’ and ‘The Mandalorian’ are all executive produced by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni. It is expected that each show will intersect with the others culminating in a climactic crossover event.
‘Lando’ is another project for which very few details have been released at this time. The Star Wars twitter feed issued the following announcement: “The galaxy’s favorite scoundrel, Lando Calrissian, will return in Lando, a brand-new event series for @DisneyPlus. Justin Simien (@JSim07) is in the early stages of developing the project.“.
It is unclear at this time whether Billy Dee Williams, who originally portrayed Lando Calrissian in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Return of the Jedi’, or Donald Glover, who starred in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ as a younger depiction of the character, are attached to the production.
Diego Luna reprises his role as Cassian Andor in a spy thriller series set ahead of the events of ‘Rogue One’. ‘Andor’ will follow the plight of the rebel spy whose sacrifices are many in his plight to further the fight against the Empire.
Production began almost a month ago in London with ‘Andor’ set to debut on Disney+ in 2022. Diego Luna is joined by an impressive cast that includes Stellan Skarsgard, Adria Arjona, Fiona Shaw, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller, and Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma.
Set in the final days of the High Republic era comes ‘The Acolyte’, a mystery-thriller series from Emmy Award nominated director/screenwriter, Leslye Headland (Russian Doll). The series will focus on “emerging dark side powers“. Again, details are scarce in relation to this project, but it seems as if Lucasfilm are seeking to expand their shows into areas beyond all-out action.
The Bad Batch / A Droid Story / Visions
Fans of Star Wars animated output have three new shows to look forward to. Spinning out of ‘The Clone Wars’ comes ‘The Bad Batch’. A story that follows the adventures of “a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army“. Each has a skill specific to them which makes them an exceptional crew of soldiers. The show is set in the post-Clone War era.
Meanwhile, A Droid Story will find Lucasfilm Animation teaming up with Industrial Light & Magic to present an epic adventure in which a new hero will be introduced. The familiar duo of C-3PO and R2-D2 will be on hand to offer guidance.
Lastly, ‘Visions’ is an ambitious anthology series that will present a series of anime short films designed to offer “a fresh and diverse cultural perspective to Star Wars“. Several of Japan’s leading anime studios will contribute to, what should be, a vibrant addition to the Star Wars universe.
Phew! That’s it for the moment. As always we’ll keep you up to date with news on each project as they progress, and keep an eye out for our review of everything new coming out of Marvel. Check in on starwars.com for more.
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