Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy gave updates on a slew of forthcoming Star Wars movie and TV tasks at Disney’s Investor Day—together with a behind-the-scenes teaser for Rogue One spinoff sequence, Andor, set 5 years earlier than the occasions of the 2016 blockbuster movie.
“With The Mandalorian on Disney+, we have ushered in a completely new period for Star Wars,” Kennedy mentioned. “These interconnected reveals, together with future tales, will excite new audiences, embrace our most passionate followers, and can culminate in a climatic story occasion.”
(Some spoilers under.)
Andor is being described as a “tense nail-biting spy thriller,” with Diego Luna reprising his titular function as Cassian Andor from Rogue One. Tony Gilroy, who co-wrote that movie, will function showrunner, and Alan Tudyk will probably be returning because the reprogrammed Imperial droid Ok-2SO. The forged additionally contains Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma, a senator of the Republic who helped discovered the Insurgent Alliance, in addition to Stellan Skarsgård, Kyle Soller, Denise Gough Adria Arjona and Fiona Shaw. The 12-episode sequence will probably be set 5 years earlier than the occasions of Rogue One.
Andor S1 is ready to debut on Disney+ in 2022. Manufacturing simply began three weeks in the past in London. You’ll be able to watch the behind-the-scenes teaser under.
We discovered final 12 months at Disney’s D23 Expo that Ewan McGregor could be reprising his function as the enduring character Obi-Wan Kenobi in a live-action spinoff sequence. Kennedy disclosed that the sequence will probably be set ten years after Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith—you already know, the one the place Obi-Wan confronted off in opposition to Anakin Skywalker, who turned to the darkish facet and finally grew to become Sith Lord Darth Vader. The massive information right here is that Hayden Christiansen is reprising his function as Anakin Skywalker. Kennedy referred to as it “the rematch of the century.”
Ahsoka, Rangers of the Republic, Lando, The Acolyte
For those who had been dissatisfied to not see extra of Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka on The Mandalorian this season (no less than she instructed us the Kid’s identify is Grogu), you will be delighted to listen to that the character is getting her personal spinoff sequence on Disney+. In actual fact, we’re getting two spinoffs from The Mandalorian; the second is named Rangers of the New Republic, government produced by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni.
However wait! There’s much more Star Wars reside motion goodness within the works. That cute scoundrel Lando Calrissian will probably be getting his personal restricted sequence, merely titled Lando. And Russian Doll creator Leslye Headland has signed on to create the female-centric The Acolyte, described as “a thriller thriller that may take the viewers right into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and techniques and rising darkish facet powers within the last days of the Excessive Republic period.” It is supposedly set in a special timeline or “pocket” of the Star Wars universe.
You’d assume Director Patty Jenkins would have her palms full with the Marvel Lady franchise, however Kennedy introduced that Jenkins may also function director for a brand new Star Wars characteristic movie, Rogue Squadron. It is at present slate for a Christmas 2023 launch.
Jenkins tweeted out a particular video announcement for the mission: “It’s been a lifelong dream as a filmmaker to sooner or later make an incredible fighter pilot movie,” Jenkins mentioned in her assertion. “As the daughter of an incredible fighter pilot myself, a number of the greatest reminiscences of my life are of seeing my father’s squadron take off of their F4s each morning, and listening to and feeling the awe-inspiring energy and style. When he handed away in service to this nation it ignited a burning want to at least one day channel all of these feelings into one nice movie. When the proper story arrived together with one other real love of mine, the incomparable world of Star Wars, I knew I’d lastly discovered my subsequent movie. I’m extraordinarily honored and excited to take it on, and grateful to Lucasfilm, Disney, and the followers for extending that thrill to me.”
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) December 10, 2020
And we already knew that none aside from Taika Waititi has been tapped to helm an as-yet-untitled Star Wars characteristic movie. “Taika’s method to Star Wars will probably be contemporary, sudden, and…distinctive,” mentioned Kennedy. “His huge expertise and humorousness will be sure that audiences are in for an unforgettable journey.”
Disney is not forgetting about animated sequence, both. Kennedy launched a teaser (embedded under) for The Unhealthy Batch, a few group of experimental elite clones first launched in The Clone Wars. It is set instantly after the occasions of that sequence. Every Unhealthy Batch member has a singular talent, and collectively they may “tackle daring mercenary missions as they wrestle to remain afloat and discover new function.”
Along with that sequence, we’ll be getting the animated A Droid Story on Disney+, described as “an epic journey” that includes “a brand new hero, guided by legendary duo R2-D2 and C-3PO.” Lastly, there’s Star Wars: Visions, a sequence of animated quick movies set within the Star Wars universe, created by main Japanese anime studios.