Lucasfilm Confirms 11 New ‘Star Wars’ Series on Disney+!

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Today, December 10, marks The Walt Disney Company’s 2020 Investor Day event, which is always exciting for fans.

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This year, in particular, held some thrilling announcements for those who love visiting a galaxy far, far away. Lucasfilm and Disney executives confirmed details about multiple Star Wars projects that will be coming down the pipeline in the near future, as this week’s Investor Day was focused on Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming platform Disney+.

New direct-to-consumer head Kareem Daniel shared that roughly 10 new Star Wars series will debut over the course of the next few years. Disney confirmed the news on Twitter, writing:

Over the next few years, roughly 10 @Marvel series, 10@StarWars series, 15 Disney live action,@DisneyAnimation, and @Pixar series, plus 15 all-new Disney live action, Disney Animation, and Pixar features will be released directly on @DisneyPlus

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Speaking about the immense success of Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni’s The Mandalorian at today’s event, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said, “We ushered in an entirely new era of Star Wars and there’s more to come.”

Here, we take a look at some of the highlights.

The Mandalorian Spinoffs

The Mandalorian has become the cornerstone of Disney+, with Grogu and Din Djarin’s (Pedro Pascal) adventures through the galaxy anchoring the streaming platform’s original content lineup.

Now, fans of the hit Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni series have more to look forward to.

Favreau and Filoni are concurrently developing two new shows, The Rangers of the New Republic and Ahsoka.

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Both shows will be set within the timeframe of The Mandalorian and will be interconnected. Kennedy confirmed that the “next chapter will begin Christmas 2021.”

She also stated, “Now with Disney+ we can explore limitless story possibilities like never before and fulfill the promise that there is truly a Star Wars story for everyone.”

Andor

The highly anticipated Star Wars: Rogue One Cassian Andor prequel series will debut in 2022. It began shooting in London two weeks ago. The following official synopsis was previously released:

“…[it will follow the adventures of Rebel spy Cassian Andor during the formative years of the Rebellion and prior to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story…The rousing spy thriller will explore tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire.”

OBI-WAN KENOBI: The Original Series

It has recently been confirmed that the series — which will star Ewan McGregor reprising his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi — will begin filming in January, two months ahead of its updated pandemic production schedule, in both Boston, United Kingdom and London’s Pinewood Studios.

Kennedy also confirmed that Hayden Christensen will make his long-awaited return as Darth Vader in the series. Christensen previously played Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in the Star Wars prequel trilogy from 1999 to 2005.

The Bad Batch

Fans got a sneak peek of the previously announced Star Wars: The Bad Batch animated series, which is set to debut on Disney+ in 2021.

When the series was announced, the official Star Wars website shared these details:

“Giving new and existing fans the final chapter of Star Wars: The Clone Wars has been our honor at Disney+, and we are overjoyed by the global response to this landmark series,” said Agnes Chu, senior vice president, Content, Disney+.  “While The Clone Wars may have come to its conclusion, our partnership with the groundbreaking storytellers and artists at Lucasfilm Animation is only beginning.  We are thrilled to bring Dave Filoni’s vision to life through the next adventures of the Bad Batch.”

Visions

Kennedy announced that a brand new Star Wars short film project will be coming to Disney+ next year. Little is known about the series so far, but the official Tweet reads:

Star Wars: Visions, an Original Series of animated short films, celebrates the @StarWars galaxy through the lens of the world’s best Japanese anime creators. Coming in 2021 to @DisneyPlus.

A Brand-New Event Series Featuring Lando Calrissian

Cloud City’s Lando Calrissian — made famous by Billy Dee Williams and played by Donald Glover in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) — will be getting his own special event series exclusively for Disney+.

As per Star Wars’ official Tweet:

The galaxy’s favorite scoundrel, Lando Calrissian, will return in Lando, a brand-new event series for @DisneyPlus. Justin Simien (@JSim07) is in the early stages of developing the project.

Casting details for the project have not been announced, but it is possible that both Billy Dee Williams and Donald Glover could reprise as the Star Wars fan-favorite. Rumors have also abounded that Alden Ehrenreich — Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) — will return to the Star Wars universe at some point. This would be the perfect opportunity.

A Droid Story 

If you love C-3PO and R2-D2 — and, really, who doesn’t? — you’re in for a special treat. As per the official Star Wars Twitter account:

Lucasfilm Animation is teaming up with Lucasfilm’s visual effects team, Industrial Light & Magic, to develop a special @StarWars adventure film for @DisneyPlus, A Droid Story. This epic journey will introduce us to a new hero guided by R2-D2 and C-3PO.

There’s no confirmation as to whether the new character is a droid or not (if it is, we hope it’s as cute as BB-8!) or if Anthony Daniels will return to voice C-3PO — he recently appeared in animated LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special (2020) on Disney+!

The Acolyte, Set in The High Republic Era

We already knew that Leslye Headland’s (Russian Doll) highly-anticipated female-centric Star Wars series would focus on a largely “unexplored” era in the Star Wars timeline. Now, we have confirmation that it will take place at the end of The High Republic era.

The High Republic multimedia initiative is set to include this live-action Disney+ series, a publishing project, and, perhaps, the rumored animated series as well.

The official Tweet about The Acolyte Star Wars show reads:

Leslye Headland brings a new @StarWars series to @DisneyPlus with The Acolyte. “The Acolyte” is 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.

The Book of Boba Fett

As if the season finale of The Mandalorian Season 2 wasn’t exciting enough, the post credits scene confirmed yet another new Star Wars series coming in December 2021.

The Book of Boba Fett is set to be the fourth show in The Mandalorian universe and will feature Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) and Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), who just took Jabba the Hutt’s former throne — from none other than Bib Fortuna — on Tatooine.

Star Wars confirmed details about the show on their official Twitter account today:

The Book of Boba Fett, a new Original Series, starring Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen and executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni and Robert Rodriguez, set within the timeline of The Mandalorian, is coming to @DisneyPlus Dec. 2021.

Are you looking forward to all of these new Star Wars projects? Do you think The Mandalorian has helped to usher in a new era in a galaxy far, far away?

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