The future of Star Wars is on the small screen. At least for the immediate future.
While Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker wrapped up the nine-film Skywalker Saga in divisive fashion, Lucasfilm is “taking a breath” between Star Wars movies at the moment as they work to sort out what the future of Star Wars films looks like. Development is ongoing on a feature to be directed by Taika Waititi and Patty Jenkins is directing a movie set for release in 2023, but in truth, there’s more action happening on the small screen right now in the Star Wars universe.
The Mandalorian, the first-ever live-action Star Wars TV series, premiered on Disney+ in Fall 2019 to rave reviews from fans and critics alike, and indeed that lit a fire under Lucasfilm’s tail to move forward on more serialized Star Wars stories on the Disney+ streaming service. With high-profile shows in the works and more yet to be announced, we figured we’d round everything up in one handy article so you can take a gander at what’s to come in Star Wars land. So below, check out our rundown of all the upcoming Star Wars shows currently in the works for Disney+.
The Mandalorian Season 3
Showrunner: Jon Favreau
Cast: Pedro Pascal, Giancarlo Esposito, Gina Carano, Michael Biehn, Rosario Dawson
Release Date: Christmas 2021
Season 2 of The Mandalorian debuted in Fall 2020, but it was already being written when the first season of the Disney+ series began airing, and started production shortly thereafter. And in December 2020, Lucasfilm announced that The Mandalorian Season 3 will follow the same trajectory and will be released at Christmas 2021. As with all things The Mandalorian, details are being kept under lock and key.
Showrunner: Tony Gilroy
Cast: Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Stellan Skarsgard, Kyle Soller, Genevieve O’Reilly, Fiona Shaw, and Denise Gough
Release Date: TBD 2022
In November 2018, it was announced that Lucasfilm was developing a Rogue One prequel series that would revolve around Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor, which would be a “rousing spy thriller.” Stephen Schiff (The Americans) was set as head writer and showrunner, but in April 2020 it was revealed that Tony Gilroy—who famously took over Rogue One in reshoots and basically wrote and directed an entire new third act—was not only joining the series as a director and writer, but would also serve as the new showrunner. Schiff remains on the writing staff alongside Gilroy’s brother Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) and former House of Cards showrunner Beau Willimon. The story is a prequel to the events of Rogue One and the show is officially called Andor.
Showrunner: Joby Harold
Cast: Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen
Release Date: TBD 2022?
In 2019, Lucasfilm finally confirmed that it was developing an Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series, with Ewan McGregor reprising his role from the prequels. The show is set to take place 10 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith and prior to the events of A New Hope, with Hayden Christensen returning to play Darth Vader. But while Hossein Amini (Drive) was originally serving as showrunner and Deborah Chow (The Mandalorian) was set to direct all the episodes, news broke in January 2020 that Amini would be exiting the show over creative differences and pre-production was being shut down. Joby Harold (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) subsequently took over writing duties, and the scripts are in the process of being reworked while production was pushed from 2020 to January 2021.
One of two spinoffs of The Mandalorian, the live-action series Ahsoka will star Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano and will take place within the timeline of The Mandalorian as it follows this beloved character in the live-action Star Wars realm. No premiere date or showrunner has been announced yet.
Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic
The second live-action Mandalorian spinoff to be announced is Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic. This series is also set within the timeline of The Mandalorian, and while no concrete details have been revealed, we’re guessing the story will revolve around the Sector Rangers, a sort of intergalactic police force that was established by the Galactic Republic.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch
Executive Producer: Dave Filoni
In December 2020, Lucasfilm announced a new animated series called Star Wars: The Bad Batch, which is a continuation of the beloved animated series The Clone Wars. Writer/producer Dave Filoni returns to shepherd this new show, which follows the elite and experimental clones of The Bad Batch that were first introduced in The Clone Wars. The story takes place after the Clone War and finds these characters struggling to adjust to a changing world.
Showrunner: Leslye Headland
In April 2020, Lucasfilm confirmed that Russian Doll creator/showrunner and Sleeping with Other People filmmaker Leslye Headland had been hired to write, direct, and showrun a new series that takes place in a different part of the Star Wars timeline than other projects. The series, described as a mystery-thriller is called The Acolyte, and will be led by a female character. Set in the final days of the High Republic era, the story takes viewers into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark-side powers.
Showrunner: Justin Simien
In December 2020, Lucasfilm announced that Dear White People creator Justin Simien was in the early stages of developing a limited series about Lando Calrissian aptly named Lando. No mention was made of Donald Glover, who played Lando in the film Solo: A Star Wars Story, so it’s unclear if the role will be recast.
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