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The Future Of Star Wars on Television

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away… “CUT!”

One month ago, in a special event hosted by Disney, a large number of projects and promos were unveiled, among these project announcements were new Star wars content.

It was an exciting day for Star Wars fans as Disney announced its latest projects in the investors meeting, touching on its plans for the future of Star Wars.

The most recent Star Wars trilogy which ended the Skywalker saga elicited varied reactions from the franchises millions of fans. Suffice to say, it was a mixed bag for many leading to a sense of pessimism about the future of all things Star Wars. 

But with the success of the critically acclaimed live-action series The Mandalorian, fans now hold out renewed hope for the Star wars universe. Disney Investor Day 2020 provided fans some much needed assurance that the Star Wars universe is in capable hands. 

Many of the projects are new variety shows that deviate from the traditional Jedi-focused story. It’s a new direction that aims to explore the depth and breadth of the Star Wars universe through a host of different visionary takes.

Here’s a list of all the announced Star Wars content as well as details on these projects:


RANGERS OF THE NEW REPUBLIC

Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni—the minds behind The Mandalorian— will develop this new series called Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic.  This original series will be set in the timeline of The Mandalorian and according to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, the show will crossover with The Mandalorian and result in a “climactic story event”.

The release date and story details of Rangers of the New Republic are not currently known as Lucasfilm is keeping the exact details tightly under wraps. But based on Lucasfilm’s slate, it is likely Disney+ subscribers won’t see the series until at least 2022. 


AHSOKA

Ahsoka is a live action series about the much beloved character Ahsoka Tano that will also be developed by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni. Just like Rangers of the New Republic, it is going to be set in the timeline of The Mandalorian.

 Ahsoka Tano was originally created for the Clone Wars animated series in which she was Anakin Skywalker’s padawan. Ahsoka made her live-action debut in Season 2, Episode 7 of The Mandalorian. The fan-favorite character is portrayed by Rosario Dawson.

Ahsoka is set to debut on Disney plus around Christmas 2021.


ANDOR

This series will center on Cassian Andor, a fan favorite character from the standalone movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Andor is a brave officer of the Rebel Alliance and the leader of Rogue One, a team of Rebel soldiers who try to steal the plans of the Death Star. 

In the 2016 movie Andor was portrayed by Diego Luna who will reprise his role and serve as a producer on the show. 

Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) will serve as the showrunner, while Toby Haynes (Black Mirror) will serve as writer.

Andor will launch on Disney Plus in 2022.

Watch the trailer below:


OBI-WAN KENOBI

This is likely the most anticipated among these projects. Ewan McGregor is reprising his role as the titular character with Hayden Christensen set to return as Darth Vader.

Obi-Wan Kenobi is set 10 years after the events of Episode III- Revenge of the Sith.

The show was first announced in August, 2019, but more details as well as the announcement of Hayden Christensen’s reprisal of the iconic villain, was announced on investor day.

Obi-Wan Kenobi is set to begin production in March 2021.


LANDO

This is a new event series set around Lando Calrissian who debuted in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Episode V). The famous scoundrel was originally portrayed by Billy Dee Williams in the original trilogy and was played by Donald Glover in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Disney is yet to confirm details of the show or an official release date, but it is predicted to arrive around early 2023.

Justin Simien (Dear White People) will be developing the series.


STAR WARS: A DROID STORY

A Droid Story will be a new, animated series coming to Disney+. It will be produced by Lucasfilm Animation and Industrial Light and Magic.

The show will star the most iconic droids in Star Wars history – C-3PO and R2-D2. There will also be a new hero who will be guided by the iconic droid duo.

Details and release date are unknown at this time.


STAR WARS: THE ACOLYTE

This live-action show will be set in the High Republic era. It is officially described 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.”

It will be helmed by Leslye Headland (Russian Doll).

The Acolyte doesn’t have a release date yet, nor has it gone into production. It has been projected to release on Disney+ by 2022 at the earliest.


STAR WARS: ROGUE SQUADRON

While most of the new content that was announced are going to be TV series, this project will be a feature film.

This movie will follow a group of Rebel Alliance starfighter squadron pilots and their adventures. 

It is going to be directed by Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman), and is set with an anticipated release date of Christmas 2023.


STAR WARS: VISIONS

This will be an original anthology series of animated short films telling different stories set in the Star Wars universe. 

According to Disney, the series will be a celebration of Star Wars, and it will be brought to life by, “the world’s best Japanese anime creators.”

Visions will premiere in 2021 on Disney+ and will run for ten episodes.


THE BAD BATCH

This is a new animated series exploring the adventures of Clone Force 99; a group of elite clone troopers with genetic mutations that were first introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars

The series will take place during the imperial era after the Clone Wars have ended.

Jennifer Corbett (NCIS, Star Wars Resistance) will serve as head writer and Brau Rau (Star wars Rebels) will be the supervising director.

The show will debut on Disney+ and release is currently set for 2021. 

Watch the trailer below:


UNNAMED TAIKA WAITITI FILM

Taika Waititi was reported to be helming a Star Wars movie and that was officially confirmed via tweet.

The announcement tweet read, “A brand new Star Wars feature with acclaimed filmmaker @TaikaWaititi is in development. Get ready for an unforgettable ride!”

Taika Waititi is no stranger to the Star Wars universe as he has directed an episode of The Mandalorian and even starred as the voice of a droid in some of the episodes in season 1 of the show. Suffice to say, this unnamed star wars film— whatever it may be— is in safe hands.


THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT

As teased in a surprise end-credit sequence following the season finale of The Mandalorian, the legendary bounty hunter’s journey will continue in The Book of Boba Fett. Jon Favreau, executive producer of The Mandalorian, confirmed on Good Morning America that the new series is currently in production and will arrive December 2021,  on Disney+.

The Book of Boba Fett will be set within the timeline of The Mandalorian and star Temuera Morrison as the titular bounty hunter, along with Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand. Robert Rodriguez — who directed Chapter 14 of The Mandalorian, a thrilling installment that reintroduced Boba Fett to the Star Wars galaxy — joins Favreau and Dave Filoni as executive producer.

Well, there you have it folks, our Disney Investor day Star Wars announcement breakdown. The future’s looking bright for Star Wars fans, so prep your X-wings and brandish your lightsabers as we move into a new era of quality Star Wars content. 

May the force be with you. 

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