Fans of a galaxy far, far away just got an early Christmas present this year! Recently, Disney announced ten brand new Star Wars based TV series and films. All of them making their way onto Disney+ services.
Coming off the success of 2019’s “The Mandalorian”, Disney seems eager to replicate the success of their latest series. In spite of the fact that the “Skywalker Saga” has drawn to a close, there are still more stories to tell in this universe.
Stories of war, rebellion and hope. Stories following the adventures of droids, clones, Jedi, Sith and many more. Join us as we break down all of Disney’s upcoming Star Wars films and TV shows!
1. Star Wars: The Bad Batch (TV Series)
Those who followed the final season of “Star Wars: Clone Wars” will definitely recognise these boys. A group of genetically mutated clones, each of them specialist in their own rights. Together they form the black-ops team Clone Force 99, also known as the Bad Batch. They answer to one except the Republic. When the Republic was reorganised as the new Galactic Empire, these clones refused to fall in line. “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” animated series will see our beloved rogues back in action. As the galaxy enters a new age, these outlaw clones must face off against the Empire. At the cost of fighting their own brothers. “The Bad Batch” is set to be released in 2021.
2. Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi (TV Series)
Set 10 years after the events “Revenge of the Sith”, this new series will follow the adventure of the former Jedi Master living on the planet of Tatooine. Obi-Wan has been tasked with keeping the young Luke Skywalker safe. The Jedi fully intends on keeping his vow in “Obi-Wan Kenobi”.
Actor Ewan McGregor will be reprising his role as the titular Obi-Wan. Reports have also confirmed that Hayden Christensen, the actor who played Anakin Skywalker in the prequel trilogy, will return as Darth Vader. We’re pretty sure Christensen’s Vader won’t be clashing with McGregor’s Obi-Wan anytime soon. Still, we’re interested to see how a younger Vader copes with his new life as Sith Lord. We’ll see both of them in action come early 2022.
3. Star Wars: Ahsoka Tano (TV Series)
To be honest, it was only a matter of time before Disney created a series based on everyone’s favourite Grey Jedi, Ahsoka Tano. Once the former apprentice of Anakin Skywalker, Tano left the Jedi Order to forge her own path in the universe. She’s been heavily featured in nearly all of Disney’s major Star Wars’ series. From her inception in “Star Wars: Clone Wars” to her supporting role in “Star Wars: Rebels” before finally making a live-action appearance in “The Mandalorian”.
Actress Rosario Dawson, who played Tano in “The Mandalorian” has been confirmed to reprise her role for the limited series. No official release date has been given thus far.
4. Star Wars: Andor (TV Series)
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” was truly one of the best films in the entire franchise. It was an engaging exploration of the cost of war between the Rebels and the Empire. Sacrifices were made, casualties incurred and moral lines crossed. No one is more aware of the horror of war than Cassian Jeron Andor, a radical who gave his life for the cause.
In the film, we hear Andor speak of the atrocities he committed in the name of galactic freedom. Soon, we’ll get to see how this Rebel assassin/spy became one of the Rebellion’s greatest agents in Disney’s “Star Wars: Andor” TV show. The role of Andor will be played by Diego Luna from “Narcos: Mexico”. You can catch “Andor” on Disney+ in 2022.
5. Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic (TV Series)
Ever wondered what happened to the galaxy after the fall of the Empire and before the rise of the First Order? Well wonder no more in “Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic”. As the title implies, the series will be centered around the adventures, or misadventures, of the rangers of the New Republic. Not much is known about the series but some have speculated the series will feature preexisting New Republic characters from “The Mandalorian”. Spin-off or not, the series will serve to fill in the gaps between the events of “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens”. No official release date has been announced.
6. Lando (TV Series)
As far back as 2018, Disney has hinted at the possibility of a film based around the character of the con artist and gambler, Lando Calrissian. A sliver-tongued huckster and the original owner of the Millennium Falcon. The character was played by Billy Dee Williams in the original trilogy. “Community” actor Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, played a younger version of the man in “Solo: A Star Wars Story”.
Now it seems that the spin-off film has evolved into an event series on Disney’s premiere streaming service. Neither Williams or Glover have confirmed their involvement in the series but we’re pretty sure they’ll be roped in eventually. No official release date has been announced.
7. Star Wars: Visions (Anime Series)
Amidst the franchise’s films, novels, live-action and animated shows, you can now add anime to that list. “Star Wars: Visions” is an anime anthology series that will feature various short films from some of Japan’s most talented animators. Beyond that, not much is known about the series. Fingers crossed we’ll get to see anime legends like Hayao Miyazaki and Makoto Shinkai make their mark in the franchise. That would be a dream come true! The series will be debuting sometime around 2021.
8. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (Film)
“Wonder Woman 1984” director Patty Jenkins will be taking the wheel for one of Disney’s upcoming films in the franchise, “Star Wars: Rogue Squadron”. According to Jenkins, the story of “Rogue Squadron” will be completely original. Furthermore, Lucasfilm announced that the film would follow “a new generation of starfighter pilots” and that it will “move the saga into the future era of the galaxy”. Based on those statements alone, the film will most likely be set after the events of “Rise of Skywalker” and could perhaps be a segue into the franchise’s new era of films. We’ll find out soon in Christmas 2023.
9. Star Wars: A Droid Story (Animated Special)
Lucasfilm Animation, alongside visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic, will be developing an animated show revolving the droids of Star Wars. For the longest time, the sentient robots of the universe have always played more of a supporting role in the franchise. They finally get a chance to shine in “Star Wars: A Droid Story”. This animated special will feature the iconic droid duo R2-D2 and C3PO. Together, the two of them will guide a new hero on their epic quest. No official release date has been announced.
10. Star Wars: The Acolyte (TV Series)
This right here, is the series we’re most excited about, “Star Wars: The Acolyte”. A series set during the final days of the High Republic, long before the time of Obi-Wan Kenobi or Anakin Skywalker. The series is a mystery thriller that will uncover the secrets behind the Dark Side of the Force and how it rose in the galaxy.
It’s about time we got to see a story from the perspective of a user of the Dark Side or Sith. There’s so much more to the Dark Side beyond the machinations of Darth Vader and the Emperor. So many more stories to tell and many more secrets to unlock. No official release date has been announced.
So which Star Wars series or film are you most excited about? Be sure to let us know in the comments down below.
Source: Star Wars