Lucasfilm reveals a wealth of new Star Wars projects

Following the relative success of The Mandalorian, Lucasfilm is going all out to win back the fanbase.

by Justin Choo

The years following The Rise of Skywalker have been rather tentative, but Lucasfilm probably thinks it’s ready now. Oh wait, it’s only a year? Feels like forever. Anyway, they’ve announced a slew of projects that might get even the most jaded fan excited given the success of The Mandolorian. Here’s our top five:

5. Untitled Taika Waititi Feature Film

That’s it. That’s all the details we have. But fans of Waititi’s humorous and off-the-beaten-path sensibilities will no doubt be on the lookout for this one. He’s such a draw it seems like there really is no need to say any more. They’re probably right though.

4. Lando

Star Wars has its share of lovable scoundrels but Lando Calrissian is probably one of the favourites. He gets his own series as well, which will be developed by Justin Simien, whom you might know as the creator of Dear White People.

3. Ahsoka

Another fan favourite, Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) got her own live-action debut and now, gets her own limited series with Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau as executive producers. This should be good, as both worked on The Mandalorian and Filoni has plenty of experience working on the animated Star Wars series.

2. Rogue Squadron

Possibly one of the most requested spinoffs, for fans have always wanted to see the adventures of Wedge Antilles as the leader of the rebel alliance’s finest squadron. However, fans may not exactly get what they want. The feature film is set to introduce a new generation of pilots and not much else has been shared. What we do know is that Lucasfilm have chosen Patty Jenkins of Wonder Woman fame to direct. Jenkins’ father was a fighter pilot himself, so she is certainly no stranger to the subject matter. Rogue Squadron is scheduled to land in theatres in 2023.

1. Obi-Wan Kenobi

This one is a doozy. Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen will return to reprise their roles as Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker respectively. The new series takes place ten years after their fateful meeting and will resume their rivalry; or as Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy puts it, “This will be the rematch of the century.” If you enjoyed chapters three (The Sin) and seven (The Reckoning) in season one of The Mandalorian, then you’re in luck – director Deborah Chow will be helming this one.

Wait, there’s more…

A Droid Story will be a Disney+ animated feature developed by Lucasfilm Animation and Industrial Light & Magic to introduce a new droid that we weren’t looking for (or knew about, apparently), who will be guided by R2-D2 and C-3PO. Maybe watch for some technical innovation? Star Wars: Visions is a collection of 10 anime short films created by leading Japanese anime studios.

The Bad Batch, who were first introduced in The Clone Wars, will get their own moment in the sun as well. Star Wars: The Bad Batch follows a unique squad of clones with genetic variations that give them each an exceptional skill and make them a formidable unit. Also on Disney+.

Rangers of the New Republic will be another Mandalorian-era live-action series from the same producers that fills the gap of stories that link to future events. The Acolyte will be a mystery-thriller that offers something a little different, thanks to the creative mind of Leslye Headland (Russian Doll) who will delve into a shadowy world the dark secrets of the last days of the High Republic. Last but not least, Andor brings back Diego Luna as Cassian Andor from Rogue One in a spy thriller.