There was an ideal disturbance within the Power. Since 2019’s divisive The Rise of Skywalker, Disney Plus TV reveals have been our main supply of recent Star Wars content material, however at April 2023’s Star Wars Celebration in London, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy set out a plan for the franchise’s return to the large display screen.
Three new motion pictures will discover totally different eras unfold throughout millennia within the ever-expanding Star Wars timeline, from the daybreak of the Jedi to the aftermath of The Rise of Skywalker. The thrilling slate of recent Star Wars TV reveals and flicks additionally options continuations of the story began by The Mandalorian, the end result of Andor, and the returns of animated reveals The Dangerous Batch and Star Wars: Visions.
“We’re exploring lots of totally different storylines,” Kennedy stated at Celebration (through StarWars.com). “This actually spawns from what George Lucas stated years in the past, that he created Star Wars to maneuver ahead and backward alongside a mythological timeline. Now we’re seeking to broaden that timeline.”
Beneath we clarify all the brand new Star Wars TV reveals and flicks getting ready to leap out of hyperspace. And should you can’t wait, take a look at our information to watching Star Wars so as.
New Star Wars TV reveals
Star Wars: Visions Quantity 2
Launch date: Could 4, 2023
After 2021’s Quantity 1 gifted the keys to the Star Wars universe to a choose group of Japanese anime studios, the second outing for anthology sequence Visions is way more worldwide in scope. Amongst shorts from Chile, France, India, Eire, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, Spain and the UK, we’ll see tales instructed in CG, conventional 2D animation and stop-motion – together with an providing from Wallace & Gromit creators Aardman Animations titled “I’m Your Mom”. And with the tales unconstrained by the constraints of canon, we are able to anticipate to see filmmakers exploring facets of George Lucas’s galaxy far, distant we’ve by no means explored earlier than.
Younger Jedi Adventures
When you’re seeking to get your younglings into Star Wars, this TV present (out there on each Disney Plus and Disney Junior within the US) could possibly be an excellent place to start out. Focused squarely at youthful youngsters, it has a particular Muppet Infants vibe, and follows a bunch of pre-teen Jedi wannabes taking their first steps into the broader world of the Power. Set within the Excessive Republic period (round 200 years earlier than The Phantom Menace), it incorporates a youthful model of Grasp Yoda, and older followers will certainly admire the cameo from an exogorth (area slug) within the trailer.
Launch date: August 2023
Having made the transfer from CG animation to live-action in The Mandalorian and The Ebook of Boba Fett, Anakin Skywalker’s former apprentice lastly turns into the headline attraction. In addition to being a Mando spin-off, the Ahsoka TV present is popping into one thing of a Star Wars Rebels reunion, with Mandalorian warrior Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo), ace pilot Hera Syndulla (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), wannabe Jedi Ezra Bridger and surly droid Chopper (himself) all returning alongside the eponymous lapsed Jedi (Rosario Dawson). Searching down returned Imperial bigwig Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen will reprise his Rebels voice function) is ready to be on prime of their agenda, particularly as – like the opposite reveals from the Mandalorian period – the sequence is constructing as much as an epic conclusion on the large display screen (see under).
Launch date: 2023 (TBC)
Regardless of being one more present set within the more and more crowded Mandalorian sector of the Star Wars timeline, Skeleton Crew could have a really totally different mission briefing to its predecessors. Jon Watts, director of the three Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man motion pictures, reportedly pitched the present as The Goonies in area, and Disney (opens in new tab) say it’ll give attention to a bunch of youngsters looking for their means house after making a mysterious discovery. Fortunately for them, they gained’t be making their journey throughout a harmful galaxy alone – Jude Legislation is coming alongside for the experience as their (as-yet unnamed) Jedi protector.
The Dangerous Batch season 3
The Clone Wars was the TV present that saved Star Wars’ hearth alive between Revenge of the Sith and Disney’s 2012 Lucasfilm buyout. It is becoming, then, that Disney Plus is sticking with animation for this Clone Wars spin-off about an elite unit of genetically modified Clone Troopers within the early days of the Galactic Empire.
Greenlit again in August 2021, The Dangerous Batch season 2 will choose up the story of Hunter, Tech, Wrecker, Echo and fellow clone Omega as they attempt to keep one step forward of Imperial forces led by their renegade brother, Crosshair. And with (spoilers!) the cloning services on Kamino now destroyed and hints that the present will someway tie into the occasions of The Mandalorian, this follow-up season may have large ramifications for the Star Wars galaxy.
Andor season 2
Arguably essentially the most critically acclaimed of all Disney Plus’s Star Wars TV reveals, Andor’s bold, morally complicated first season confirmed us a darker, grittier facet to a galaxy far, distant. Creator/showrunner Tony Gilroy returns to proceed the story of Cassian Andor, Mon Mothma and the early days of the Insurgent Alliance, with a second and ultimate season whose 12 episodes will unfold over the 4 years main as much as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
“If you recognize your ending, it actually helps,” Gilroy stated at Star Wars Celebration (as reported by Variety). “We all know precisely the place we’re going. what it’s a must to ship emotionally and what the story has to do. It’s a call borne of survival, but it surely’s good for us creatively.”
Diego Luna and Genevieve O’Reilly are again as Andor and Mothma, respectively, alongside fellow returnees Stellan Skarsgård (Luthen Rael), Denise Gough (Dedra Meero), Kyle Soller (Syril Karn), Adria Arjona (Bix Caleen), Faye Marsay (Vel Sartha) and Varada Sethu (Cinta Kaz). Manufacturing on season 2 started in November 2022, with Gilroy hoping for an August 2024 debut.
Launch date: 2024 (TBC)
Each canonical Star Wars film and TV present so far has been set within the comparatively transient seven-decade interval between The Phantom Menace and The Rise of Skywalker. That every one modifications with The Acolyte, as showrunner Leslye Headland (Russian Doll) winds the clock again greater than a century to discover the Jedi Order’s glory days within the Excessive Republic period.
Intriguingly, the brand new present will give attention to characters who’d normally be thought-about the villains in of the franchise – the phrase “acolyte” is historically used to explain an apprentice of the Darkish Facet in Star Wars lore – and has additionally been touted as a thriller thriller. The solid consists of Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give, Expensive Evan Hansen), Lee Jung-Jae (Squid Recreation), Jodie Turner-Smith (Queen & Slim), Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix), Joonas Suotamo (Solo: A Star Wars Story) and Dafne Eager (His Darkish Supplies). Russian Doll star Rebecca Henderson brings Vernestra Rwoh, a fan favourite character from the Excessive Republic books, to the display screen.
Launch date: TBC
Card participant, gambler, scoundrel… you’d like him! Issues have been quite quiet on the Lando entrance since this ‘occasion sequence’ was first introduced at a Disney Investor Day means again in December 2020, however Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy instructed IGN (opens in new tab) at Star Wars Celebration 2023 that “it’s nonetheless taking place”. Star Donald Glover (Atlanta) additionally appears eager to return to a job he first performed in 2018’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, telling GQ: “I’d like to play Lando once more. It simply must be the suitable approach to do it.”
Expensive White Individuals author/director Justin Simien is lined as much as name the photographs, although, given the seemingly glacial tempo of its growth, we’re not anticipating to see this present on Disney Plus anytime quickly.
Different potential Star Wars TV reveals
Whereas a fourth season of The Mandalorian hasn’t been given an official greenlight by Disney Plus but, additional adventures of Din Djarin and Grogu appear inevitable – particularly as sequence creator Jon Favreau confirmed to French TV station BFM in February (through Entertainment Weekly (opens in new tab)) that “season 4, yeah, I’ve written it already.” That stated, with The Ebook of Boba Fett, Ahsoka and Skeleton Crew seemingly present as an ever-expanding, interweaving tapestry of Star Wars content material set within the post-Return of the Jedi, we don’t know what type season 4 would possibly take.
Though the way forward for The Ebook of Boba Fett stays up within the air (greater than a 12 months on, a season stays unconfirmed), we positively gained’t be seeing Rangers of the New Republic, one other proposed Mandalorian spin-off. After it was introduced in December 2020, there was a lot hypothesis that Rangers would possibly give attention to former Insurgent shock trooper Cara Dune (Gina Carano) and X-Wing pilots like Carson Teva (Paul Solar-Hyung Lee), who’s since developed right into a sort of Outer Rim area cop. By Could 2021, nonetheless, it was being reported that the present was “now not in lively growth”, a transfer seemingly linked to Lucasfilm’s choice to half firm with Carano that February, after a sequence of offensive social media tweets from the star.
Don’t maintain your breath for a second season of Obi-Wan Kenobi both. Whereas Ewan McGregor is outwardly eager to choose up his lightsaber once more, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy instructed Variety (opens in new tab) at April 2023’s Star Wars Celebration, “That [show] will not be in lively growth.”
Perhaps we shouldn’t surrender hope simply but, nonetheless. “However by no means say by no means,” she added, “as a result of there’s all the time the likelihood. That present was so well-received and [director] Deborah Chow did such a spectacular job. Ewan McGregor actually desires to do one other. Everyone’s all fingers on deck with what we’re doing proper now. We’ll flip our consideration to [Obi-Wan Kenobi] once more possibly down the street.”
Now, onto the films…
New Star Wars motion pictures
The Mandalorian spin-off film
Launch date: TBC
Child Yoda is coming to theaters! In what have to be a synergistic dream come true for Disney shareholders, Star Wars is following the MCU’s lead by taking a narrative originated on TV to the large display screen. The overlapping tales of The Mandalorian, The Ebook of Boba Fett, Ahsoka and (presumably) Skeleton Crew are all set to return collectively on this “cinematic occasion”, because the “escalating battle between the Imperial Remnant and the fledgling New Republic” reaches a climax. Dave Filoni, Ahsoka showrunner and long-time protector of Star Wars lore, is lined as much as direct.
“I hesitate to say it’s an enormous meet-up from simply [The Mandalorian, Ahsoka, The Book of Boba Fett and Skeleton Crew], as a result of Dave has been growing Star Wars storytelling inside Clone Wars and Rebels and a lot of the work he has achieved for 20 years,” Kathleen Kennedy instructed Entertainment Weekly (opens in new tab). “So will probably be little bits of all that. There are lots of sources he’s drawing from to see the place we’re going.”
The Jedi origins film
Launch date: TBC
The Acolyte could also be going again to a time a number of centuries earlier than the occasions of The Phantom Menace however that’s nothing in comparison with this Jedi origin story. Actually, prone to coming over a bit Star Trek, this pre-prequel is boldly going the place no Star Wars film has gone earlier than. James Mangold, who’s clearly impressed Lucasfilm together with his work on the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Dial of Future (one of the thrilling new motion pictures of 2023), is the director lined as much as take the franchise millennia into the historical past of that galaxy far, distant.
The official abstract says the movie “will take audiences deep into the previous, telling the story of the primary Jedi to wield the Power and harness it as a liberating energy in an period of chaos and oppression.”
“We’ve been speaking rather a lot about going properly into the previous,” Kennedy instructed EW, “and one of many issues that’s actually knitting this all collectively, clearly are the Jedi. What occurred with the Jedi over time? How did the Jedi evolve? They have been worn out with Order 66. Then they step by step have been coming again.”
Rey’s New Jedi Order film
Launch date: TBC
Rumors that Lucasfilm is completed with the Skywalker Saga might have been tremendously exaggerated. Sure, Anakin’s bloodline technically ended with the deaths of Luke and Kylo Ren/Ben Solo, however having taken her outdated grasp’s title, Rey is now most positively a Skywalker. This film – the primary launch to broaden the Star Wars universe past The Rise of Skywalker – continues her story.
Sequel trilogy star Daisy Ridley will return as Rey, as she rebuilds the New Jedi Order and faces as much as “the powers that rise to tear it down”. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Saving Face, Ms Marvel) is signed as much as direct. “This story is about 15 years outdoors of The Rise of Skywalker,” Kathleen Kennedy stated in her EW interview. “We left episode 9 with Rey making a dedication to Luke Skywalker that she would rebuild the Jedi Order. And so right here we’re, we’re prepared to do this.”
In addition to hinting that acquainted faces from the sequel trilogy would possibly seem alongside Rey – “it’s solely doable to see some folks come again,” Kennedy teased – the Lucasfilm president revealed that, as in Mangold’s film, the galaxy’s relationship with the Jedi can be a serious theme. “The query we’re going to ask with the New Jedi Order and Rey is, ‘Does the galaxy want them any extra?’” she stated. “‘Do they need them again?’ So there’s lots of meals for thought in what we’re doing, whether or not it’s prior to now, current or future.”
Different potential Star Wars motion pictures
Within the phrases of Yoda, “At all times in movement is the longer term” – and the diminutive Jedi Grasp simply have been speaking in regards to the Star Wars film slate for the reason that launch of The Rise of Skywalker. A number of tasks have come and gone for the reason that franchise made its final go to to theaters in 2019, and whereas some have subsequently been deserted, two of the very best profile tasks stay within the pipeline.
There’s been discuss of a brand new trilogy from author/director Rian Johnson since he made The Final Jedi, and it appears he’s nonetheless eager to move again to that galaxy far, distant. “Rian and I discuss on a regular basis,” Kathleen Kennedy instructed Variety at Celebration 2023. “He’s unbelievably busy. So we’re not actively concerned in something in the mean time as a result of he’s doing one other one of many Glass Onion [Knives Out] motion pictures after which God is aware of what else. However he actually desires to step again into the area. It’s an enormous dedication of time in order that’s actually on him.”
Thor: Ragnarok/Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi (who’s each directed and starred in episodes of The Mandalorian) additionally continues to orbit a Star Wars challenge of his personal. “Taika remains to be working away,” stated Kennedy. “He’s writing the script himself. He doesn’t actually wish to carry others into that course of and I don’t blame him. He has a really, very distinctive voice. So we wish to defend that and that’s what he’s doing. However we’re going to make that in the future.”
Sadly, Rogue Squadron, the pilot-focused film from Surprise Girl director Patty Jenkins, appears to be caught on the launchpad indefinitely, having been pulled from its authentic December 2023 slot (per Variety). It’s additionally been reported that the Star Wars film produced by Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige (and scripted by Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity author Michael Waldron) is now not in lively growth.