Each Star Wars present and film Disney simply introduced
Disney and Lucasfilm have announced the future of the war of stars Franchise on the big and small screen. The announcements were made during the Disney Investors Day presentation earlier this week, and there’s enough to keep fans busy for the next handful of the year. The show’s main star lately has been The Mandalorian. Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau introduced the world to a brand new line of characters set in the Star Wars universe that were considered a gamble before the show aired.
Fortunately, the gambling has paid off. The Mandalorian has quickly become the Star Wars fans have been waiting for decades thanks to the creative minds of Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau. The small-screen success has now added a ton of new Disney + shows while impacting the future of big-screen projects after the Skywalker saga concluded late last year.
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and her staff initially wanted to release all Star Wars spin-offs to the big screen and then break new ground once the sequel to the trilogy was over. However, hardcore fans didn’t take the latest trilogy the way Lucasfilm and Disney expected. The Force Awakens made over $ 2 billion globally, but the next two installments failed to sustain that box office hit for the next four years.
Solo was released less than six months after The Last Jedi and it looked like Star Wars fatigue had officially set in, causing Disney and Lucasfilm to rethink their release strategy. Solo was not the box office hit that many expected, although many fans have come to the film in recent months and praised the performances of Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover as the young Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, respectively. From there, Disney and Lucasfilm pumped the breaks and many wondered what was coming next.
The conversation about The Mandalorian started shortly after, though Star Wars fans weren’t sure what to expect. Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau were working in secret while Lucasfilm began planning the next large-screen work, which included a new trilogy by Rian Johnson that unfortunately was not mentioned in the latest announcements. Kathleen Kennedy, however, touched on a few other projects that were very excited about, that stretch back into the familiar and then far back into the unknown. You can check out everything that was announced below.
Mandalorian Season 2 is set to end next week, so fans have been wondering when and if there will be an announcement for Season 3. Disney has announced that the third season of the hit Disney + series will premiere on Christmas Day 2021, which means that we are a little over a year away from new adventures with Din Djarin and Grogu. What will happen is currently completely unclear.
Ahsoka Disney + series
Rumors of Ahsoka Tano and The Mandalorian Season 2 began in early 2020. It was rumored that Rosario Dawson would play the live-action version of the show’s fan favorite, which later turned out to be true. Now Dawson will star in their own Disney + Ahsoka series, which will hopefully feature live-action versions of Grand Admiral Thrawn and Ezra Bridger. The show will premiere in winter 2021 and will take place within the Mandalorian timeline.
Like the Ahsoka series, Rangers of the New Republic is a spin-off from The Mandalorian that will also take place within the same timeline. Details are rare, but we’ve been introduced to New Republic pilots like Paul Sun-Hyung Lee’s Captain Carson Teva. It’s unclear whether he’ll be on the show, which is slated to cross with The Mandalorian and Ahsoka at some point. It is also expected in late 2021.
The Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney + series was first introduced at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California last year. Star Wars fans were thrilled to learn that Ewan McGregor was returning 10 years after Revenge of the Sith to play the Jedi Master on a new show. Kathleen Kennedy just announced that Hayden Christensen will return to the franchise as Darth Vader, something fans have been waiting for for decades. Production is scheduled to start in March 2021, with a release date expected to be 2022.
Lando Disney + series
Every favorite space villain now has their own Disney + series. The new show is simply titled Lando at the moment and there really isn’t a lot of additional information available right now. Dear White People director Justin Simien is developing the mysterious new series that currently has no star. Lucasfilm and Disney have not announced whether Donald Glover will repeat his young Lando role of Solo or whether Billy Dee Williams will return to a new set of capes.
Leslye Headland will direct the Acolyte Disney + series, described as a “mystery thriller” that takes viewers into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark forces in the final days of the High Republic era. While the show will have a female protagonist, Headland has stated that she will not be “female”. It will take place 200 years before the events of The Phantom Menace and will focus on new characters.
Andor Disney + series
The Rogue One prequel series is now officially called Andor and is already in production. Diego Luna appeared in a sizzling role to promote the series, which was first announced in 2018. The upcoming Disney + series is described as an “exciting spy thriller” that will reunite Luna with Alan Tudyk. Stellan Skarsgard, Adria Arjona, Fiona Shaw, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller and Genevieve O’Reilly also star in Andor as Mon Mothma. The show is slated to premiere sometime in 2022.
Patty Jenkins, 1984 director of Wonder Woman, joins the Star Wars universe with Rogue Squadron. Details on the upcoming film are currently not available, but fans are already excited to see what Jenkins can bring to the table. The film is about X-wing fighter pilots, but it’s unclear where in the timeline this story will fit. Fortunately, Jenkins, who said the film was inspired by her father as a fighter pilot, doesn’t have to finish it until December 25, 2023.
Kathleen Kennedy also spoke about the unnamed Taika Waititi Star Wars movie he is currently developing. The film is written by director Thor: Ragnarok with Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Not much is known about the Mystery Project right now, but it will likely last until December 25th, 2025. Waititi proved very valuable when The Mandalorian and fans responded very well to his episodes, along with his take on IG-11.
Kathleen Kennedy took some time during the Investor Day presentation to discuss the interface between animation and visual effects at Lucasfilm and the new doors they are opening. This epic journey will introduce us to a new hero led by our most famous duo on a secret mission known only to them. What could possibly go wrong? R2-D2 and C-3PO will have their work cut for them in the new Disney + animated film that has no premiere date.
The Bad Batch animation series takes place after the finale of The Clone Wars and will premiere in 2021. The series follows Bad Batch’s elite and experimental clones (first introduced in The Clone Wars), which find their way into a rapidly changing galaxy immediately after the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch – a unique group of clones who are genetically different from their brothers in the Clone Army – each possess an extraordinary ability that makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and an impressive crew. In the post-Clone War era, they will take on daring mercenary missions as they struggle to stay afloat and find a new purpose. A trailer showed Emperor Palpatine and it looks like a fascinating adventure.
Star Wars: Visions is an original series of animated short films celebrating the Star Wars galaxy through the lens of the world’s top Japanese anime creators. It is expected to appear on Disney + in 2021. The visions are created in various Japanese animation studios as an anthology of ten short films.
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