At the 2020 Disney Investor Day Event, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy confirmed all sorts of things about the Star Wars franchise moving forward.
Hayden Christensen is returning as Darth Vader in Deborah Chow’s Obi-Wan Kenobi. C-3PO and R2-D2 are starring in a movie. Lando Calrissian is getting his own series. The Mandalorian Season 3 has (obviously) been greenlighted, and it is — was, more on that in a moment — getting two spinoffs, Ahsoka and Rangers of the New Republic.
The latter announcement was among the most exciting for Star Wars fans, as The Mandalorian has quickly become one of the most well-known IPs in America. And, the best part of Kennedy’s announcement was that the three shows — a new Star Wars trilogy, if you will — would debut before the end of 2021.
Since then, however, a lot has happened. If you’re not up to speed, here’s a crash course.
First, Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker (CGI Mark Hamill) returned in Peyton Reed’s The Mandalorian Season 2 finale episode (“Chapter 16: The Rescue”).
Skywalker swooped in with his X-wing — and a green lightsaber — just in time to save Grogu, bounty hunter Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), Cara Dune (Gina Carano), Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), and Nite Owl warrior Koska Reeves (Sasha Banks) from Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) and his Dark Trooper squad.
The iconic Jedi and R2-D2 then departed with Grogu to complete the tiny foundling’s Jedi Order training.
Then, just as Mandalorian fans were processing all of this, there was a surprise post credits scene featuring Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) and Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) at Jabba the Hutt’s palace on Tatooine followed by the words “The Book of Boba Fett – Coming December 2021″.
So, at one time, we had three Mandalorian spinoffs in the works.
Finally, Cara Dune actress Gina Carano was fired from the Star Wars universe for her ongoing controversial Tweets. This ultimately caused her spinoff series, Rangers of the New Republic to be canceled — or, at the very least, put on indefinite hold.
This brings us to the present. We’re back to two spinoffs — Ahsoka and showrunner Robert Rodriguez’s The Book of Boba Fett — and The Mandalorian Season 3. Phew.
Now, however, that doesn’t seem to be the case according to new reported production information originally via the typically reliable Production Weekly:
The Mandalorian will be filming Season 3 from September 20-March 23. #TheMandalorian #disneyfilming #starwarsfilming #mandalorianfilming #mandofilming #starwars #disney #disneyplus
The Mandalorian will be filming Season 3 from September 20-March 23. #TheMandalorian #disneyfilming #starwarsfilming #mandalorianfilming #mandofilming #starwars #disney #disneyplus pic.twitter.com/DMtsjQQV9n
— Phillip Sugarman (@dodgerfan4life9) September 9, 2021
If this information is correct, it is likely that the third season of the hit Star Wars series won’t debut until late 2022, perhaps indicating it will begin in November as both Season 1 and Season 2 did.
When do you think The Mandalorian Season 3 will premiere on Disney+?