The epic sagas in space continue
We hope you like Star Wars, because there’s a lot of it on the way. Over the last few years, spin-offs and trilogies have been announced and scrapped, and new films announced again. Now, Disney and Lucasfilm have announced a plethora of new projects coming to the Disney+ streaming service.
Key among them perhaps is the Mandalorian universe, which is spawning two spin-off shows.
The first is Ahsoka, based on Rosario Dawson’s version of Ahsoka Tano from The Mandalorian. In this latest season, Tano is searching for Grand Admiral Thrawn. The series will likely focus on that endeavor. Rangers of the New Republic is another Mando-based show on the way, which —- while hasn’t been explicitly revealed —- likely touches on the efforts of the New Republic squads seen in the Baby Yoda series.
A little more info was teased about Obi-Wan Kenobi, the series starring Ewan McGregor as the character. Hayden Christensen will be returning as Darth Vader, placing it on the Star Wars timeline 10 years after Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
Lando Calrissian will have his own “event” series (mini-series) come to Disney+, though it’s unknown if it will be set during the SOLO-era or later.
Cassian Andor, one of the stars of Rogue One, will return in his own series, Aa prequel to the events of the film. In it, Andor will be taken on a journey as he joins the Rebellion. Andor hits Disney+ in 2022.
Disney wants you to know that if you’re not a subscriber yet, you coulda had a Bad Batch. That’s the name of a new animated series taking place after The Clone Wars. It’s “coming soon.”
Star Wars: Visions has been announced as an anthology series of animated shorts put together by several notable Japanese anime creators and studios. The series hits D+ in 2021.
The Acolyte is being created by Leslye Headland, and is being billed as “a mystery-thriller that will take viewers into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark-side powers in the final days of the High Republic era.” The era takes place about 200 years before the Skywalker saga, and had been announced in the past as a larger project. Perhaps it’s been scaled down to a series first?
Finally, the animated feature A Droid Story will unite C-3P0 and R2-D2 with a new hero, and is being produced in conjunction with Industrial Light and Magic.