Seven new Star Wars series headed to Disney+
A variety of animated and live-action projects are in the works.
LucasFilm President Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed that seven new Star Wars series are in the works at Disney+.
The announcements came during the company’s annual Investor Day on December 10th in a special online presentation.
The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau and one of its several writers/directors Dave Filoni will again reunite to develop Rangers of the New Republic and a show focusing on fan favourite jedi Ashoka Tano (Rosario Dawson).
Both of these will serve as a spinoff to The Mandalorian occurring during the same timeline and also cross over with each other.
Dear White People director Justin Simien is to create a series following the smooth-talking smuggler Lando Calrissian, simply titled Lando. It’s not yet known whether Billy Dee Williams or Donald Glover, who took on the role for 2018 prequel Solo, will star.
Creator of Netflix’s excellent Russian Doll Leslye Headland is working on a mystery-thriller series The Acolyte which will be set in a new period known as The High Republic.
On the animated side, there’s The Clone Wars spinoff The Bad Batch, an anthology of short films called Visions and A Droid Story which will introduce a new robot alongside R2-D2 and C3PO.
Kennedy later announced that Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins will helm the next Star Wars film called Rogue Squadron about a group of starfighter pilots “as they earn their wings and risk their lives in a boundary-pushing, high-speed thrill-ride.”
Academy-Award winner Taika Waititi has also been recruited to direct another as of yet untitled feature-length Star Wars film.
You can stream a new episode of The Mandalorian every Friday on Disney+.