Star Wars: in a Galaxy Not So Far Away
Well, Disney decided to dish out some early holiday cheer for the end of 2020. It was their annual “Investor Day” for 2020 yesterday. Something to be like “hey, this is what we are doing with your money”. This Investor Day focused heavily on their streaming service, Disney+, which is only a year old at this point in time. Now, Disney+ had a strong launch, but lack of original content has been a big complaint. Really just The Mandalorian is its only major hit right now.
With no new Marvel content (COVID scratched the original plans of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier premiering in August) you could see why some may have worries about Disney+. Disney said “hold my beer” and gave investors and fans a jolt of excitement. They announced a plethora of new shows and movies! Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and more. Almost too much to keep track of. Just to keep it simple, we are going to focus on a galaxy far, far away, with what is in store for the Star Wars universe!
To no one’s surprise, The Mandalorian is coming back for season 3. Mando and Grogu (aka Baby Yoda) will be back in all their glory. The breakout hit has brought the Star Wars universe back to a high point that seems to be pleasing just about everybody. But according to Deadline, we are going to have to wait a little bit; it seems Christmas 2021 is the target date for season 3.
That is not all the news, either, with The Mandalorian. Spinoff series are coming. Another “no surprise here” is Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson), who just had her live-action premiere in The Mandalorian season 2, is getting her own spinoff. We are also getting a Rangers of the New Republic show coming to the streaming service, as well. Dawson is obviously reprising her role as Ahsoka, but what adventures will it lead the Jedi on? Could Rangers of the New Republic also be featuring Gina Carano’s Cara Dune as a major player? There are tons of questions that arise for both of these new shows.
Disney+ shows will not solely focus on characters from The Mandalorian or that timeline. Oh, no; we are exploring a lot of different avenues of Star Wars. In 2022, Disney will treat viewers to the prequel series Andor, which will be a prequel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It will bring Diego Luna back, with Tony Gilroy running the show. You can check out a sweet sizzle reel here.
We are also getting the fabled Obi-Wan Kenobi series, as well! Ewan McGregor is back as the Jedi Master in the series that is set to take place 10 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith according to Variety. What may be more interesting news is that Hayden Christensen will be reprising his role as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in the series. It is a shocking twist that will hopefully see the actor redeem himself in the eyes of Star Wars fans.
Lando Calrissian is always in the mix, and it seems he is coming to Disney+ as well. Now, we do not know much about the Lando series yet. We do not know if Billie Dee Williams or Donald Glover will be involved at all. But we know the series is in the works right now.
But There’s More!
You didn’t think we were done yet, did you? The Acolyte is coming to Disney+: a female-led show that is set in the last days of the High Republic. Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series fans will be excited that a new animated follow-up, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, is also in production.
We are also getting another animated series in Star Wars: A Droid Story that will follow C-3P0 and R2-D2 on a brand-new adventure. Be on the lookout for Star Wars: Visions as well. This will be an anthology animated series of short films by 10 Japanese creators. It looks to premier in 2021.
That is not even all the Star Wars news. Patty Jenkins will be the first female director to handle a Star Wars movie, as she is set to direct Rogue Squadron, a new feature film! Set to debut Christmas 2023, we will be seeing some Star Wars pilots in action on the big screen!
A Good Time to Be a Fan
Man, that is a lot of news, and tons of things to be excited about in the next three years. Now, with COVID-19 and everything, we obviously do not have a very specific timeline on any of this right now. But, God willing, everything settles back down, and all of this stuff gets rolling full steam ahead; so we get all of this content soon. Anybody worried about Disney+ content should take a seat because it is about to be a wild, fun ride!
Star Wars, Marvel, and just fans in general should be delighted with all this news (except for you haters—just be happy for once!). I am not even a huge Star Wars fan, but even I am excited about some of these shows. With what The Mandalorian has done I am very excited to see what else is in store for the galaxy far, far, away.