It’s the start of an exciting new phase for Star Wars fans. The recent Disney Investor Day 2020 saw the announcement of not one, not two, but ten new TV shows and movies coming to Disney+.
For the past year or so, Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian (and to a lesser extent, the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars) has been holding the fort in terms of brand-new Star Wars content on the streamer. Now, over the next few years, fans of the franchise can look forward to a good mix of live-action and animated content that is sure to make one dizzy with excitement.
Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the new entries that will expand the Star Wars universe as we know it!
Kicking things off is – naturally – Ahsoka, a live-action spinoff series of The Mandalorian starring Rosario Dawson as the titular ex-Jedi. If you were as splendidly shocked as we were, let’s just say that, even before her stint in The Mandalorian Season 2, this was a long time coming, given Ahsoka Tano’s massive popularity ever since her Clone Wars days.
Obi-Wan Kenobi (TBA)
We already know that Ewan McGregor will be returning as the fan-favourite Jedi Master Obi-Wan. But at the Investor Day, it was revealed that his prequel trilogy co-star, Hayden Christensen, will also be returning to don the mantle of Darth Vader once more! At least now we know that, timeline-wise, this series takes place after the events of Revenge of the Sith. Could we also possibly see a cameo of Cal Kestis from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, then? One can hope.
Andor (TBA 2022)
The long-gestating Andor starring Diego Luna as the titular Confederacy pilot has gotten a shiny new sizzle reel. Though we’re still pretty much in the dark about the gist of the Rogue One spinoff storyline in this new series, we do know that it’ll be out sometime in 2022.
The Bad Batch (TBA)
Another spinoff series many have been clamouring for, The Bad Batch features the exploits of the titular group of Clone troopers that established a name for themselves in the events of The Clone Wars. If you like guns and no-nonsense badassery with none of that Force-sensitive hullabaloo, this is certainly for you.
Rangers of the New Republic (TBA)
Well well, The Mandalorian was so good that it spawned not one, but two spinoff series in the aforementioned Ahsoka, as well as Rangers of the New Republic. No details about this series have been divulged yet, but we do know that Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni will be executive producers here.
You have asked, and now you shall finally receive. Lando Calrissian will finally be getting his own standalone series for Disney+ in the upcoming show simply titled Lando. This will be an “event series” featuring the iconic scoundrel, and while no other details have yet been announced, we’re all hoping that Donald Glover would return to reprise his role as seen in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Star Wars: Visions (TBA 2021)
While the Star Wars animated series have typically been made by Western studios, Star Wars: Visions instead will offer a new perspective of the expansive universe through the creative forces of “the world’s best Japanese anime creators”.
For those that are craving for something a little more dark, The Acolyte may just whet such an appetite. Set in the “final days of the High Republic era”, this upcoming mystery-thriller series explores the Dark Side of the Force through a never-before seen lens.
A Droid Story
Diehard fans of the iconic droids R2-D2 and C-3PO can look forward to A Droid Story, an animated film by Lucasfilm Animation in partnership with its visual effects team, Industrial Light & Magic, who also did the VFX for The Mandalorian. This story follows the adventures of the franchise’s two most iconic droids as they partner up with a brand-new character. An all-new droid, perhaps?
Untitled Star Wars feature film by Taika Waititi
The man, the myth, the legend Taika Waititi has constantly been flirting with the prospect of working on the Star Wars franchise, especially after his exploits on The Mandalorian. What exactly his new project entails remains to be seen, but expect something good whenever this man is on the director’s chair.
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Capping off an epic announcement slate, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy had one more ace up her sleeve: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, an upcoming feature film directed by Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins. If you’ve played the original 1998 game, or even the more recent Star Wars: Squadrons, or just want a Top Gun-style story set in the Star Wars universe (or at least that’s what we think this movie is about), then this might be up your alley.
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