Here are all the upcoming Star Wars TV shows announced by Disney. Some countries would’ve gone to bed last night looking forward to the following day’s episode of The Mandalorian, only to wake up and find the Star Wars universe had multiplied tenfold, Owen Wilson had joined the MCU, and Captain America was now Buzz Lightyear. After getting over the initial wave of disorientation, those fans would’ve realized that Disney mapped out the futures of its biggest brands as part of the 2020 Investor’s Day event, with heavy emphasis on upcoming projects set to land on the Disney+ streaming service
While the event featured big news from the MCU and Pixar camps, the day undoubtedly belonged to Star Wars. After purchasing Lucasfilm in 2012, the Mouse House oversaw the divisive Star Wars sequel trilogy, and explored other areas of the timeline via spin-off movies Rogue One and Solo. More recently, Star Wars broke new ground with its debut live-action TV series The Mandalorian, which has effectively propped up Disney+ since launch. The adventures of Din Djarin and Baby Yoda (Grogu to his friends) have earned widespread acclaim and gifted Disney+ a bona fide original hit right off the bat.
Unsurprisingly, Disney has sought to capitalize on The Mandalorian’s success with even more TV content set within the Star Wars universe, but few could’ve predicted the sheer scale of Disney’s Investor’s Day shenanigans. Some of the forthcoming projects have been in the pipeline for years, others were merely rumored, and some come as a surprise early Christmas present to the Star Wars faithful. Here’s what Disney+ has in store for the galaxy far, far away.
After much rumor and speculation, Ewan McGregor’s return as Obi-Wan Kenobi was confirmed at the 2019 D23 event, with The Mandalorian’s Deborah Chow directing the Disney+ TV series. Alas, the project has been fairly quiet since, with conflicting reports as to Obi-Wan’s progress. Now officially titled Obi-Wan Kenobi (simple, but effective), Disney reveals that the Jedi’s story will pick up 10 years after Revenge of the Sith, as Obi-Wan watches over a young Luke Skywalker on Tatooine. In arguably the biggest surprise of the night, Hayden Christensen is now confirmed to be reprising his role as Darth Vader, Kenobi’s fallen apprentice and the Empire’s resident Sith Lord.
Anakin Skywalker isn’t the only returning face – his former apprentice is getting in on the fun too. Ahsoka Tano rose to prominence in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, first as a budding padawan under the future Darth Vader, and later as a worthy protagonist in her own right, fighting for justice after leaving the Jedi behind. Ahsoka made her live-action bow in The Mandalorian season 2, portrayed by Rosario Dawson, and the episode attracted rave reviews, but after Dawson’s casting was announced, many suspected a spin-off series was on the cards. Ahsoka will be written by Dave Filoni, who has masterminded the character since her conception, and he’ll produce alongside The Mandalorian’s Jon Favreau. Ahsoka is described as a “limited series,” so don’t expect this to be a long-running gig.
A second direct spin-off from The Mandalorian is Rangers of the New Republic. Following the downfall of the Empire in Return of the Jedi, the Rebel Alliance help establish the New Republic – the system of governance that will ultimately be wiped out by the First Order in The Force Awakens. As seen in The Mandalorian, New Republic pilots like Trapper Wolf and Carson Teva become responsible for maintaining order in a chaotic galaxy, sweeping up any lingering Imperial remnants along the way. Once again, the dream team of Favreau and Filoni will be behind Rangers of the New Republic, and Disney also teases a crossover event that will presumably incorporate both The Mandalorian and Ahsoka.
Diego Luna made his Star Wars debut in 2016’s Rogue One, portraying the charismatic Rebel spy Cassian Andor, and a spin-off TV series centered around his espionage exploits was first announced as early as 2018 – one of the first Star Wars projects confirmed for Disney+. Like Obi-Wan Kenobi’s solo venture, the Cassian Andor show went quiet, but earlier this month, Luna himself revealed production was underway. Now officially titled Andor, Disney has slapped a 2022 release date on the series, and unveiled an impressive supporting cast featuring Stellan Skarsgard, Adria Arjona, Fiona Shaw, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller. Additionally, Genevieve O’Reilly will be reprising her role as Mon Mothma, having portrayed the Rebel leader previously in Revenge of the Sith, Rogue One and Star Wars Rebels. As reported previously, Rogue One writer Tony Gilroy will be overseeing production on Andor. Disney also released a sizzle reel, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the cinematic scale of Andor’s solo series.
Back in February, Disney unveiled a new range of Star Wars stories based around the High Republic, and set 200 years prior to The Phantom Menace. Set to kick off in early 2021 (having fallen victim to COVID-19 delays), the High Republic storyline finds the Jedi Order in their heyday, and will be told through various mediums, with novels and comic books already announced. The Acolyte will pick up the High Republic narrative on Disney+. As one of the newer projects on the Lucasfilm slate, little is currently known about The Acolyte. Leslye Headland (Russian Doll) will act as showrunner, for what is described as a “mystery thriller” set within the latter days of the High Republic.
The Bad Batch is a spin-off from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, deriving its title from the episode of the same name, which introduced the titular quintet of defective clones. Collectively known as Clone Force 99, the so-called “bad batch” are genetically modified clone troopers that differ from their regular counterparts in various unique ways. An animated TV series starring Clone Force 99 was officially confirmed by Disney back in July, and scheduled for release in 2021. Following the conclusion of the Clone Wars, Clone Force 99 have turned their skills to mercenary work, and the Disney+ series finds them seeking out a fresh sense of direction.
Lando Calrissian was always a natural born survivor with a habit of landing on his feet, but his upcoming solo series marks a total of 3 separate comebacks in the Disney era. First, Lando was reborn through Donald Glover in Solo, then Billy Dee Williams made his long-awaited return in The Rise of Skywalker, and now the galaxy’s suavest man is back for more in Lando. Another surprise announcement, Disney shared precious few details about Calrissian’s next adventure, confirming only that Justin Simien (Dear White People) was developing the series. The Rise of Skywalker set up the potential for further adventures in the sequel trilogy era, but also hinted at an untold story helping Luke Skywalker to hunt down the Sith. Lando could potentially utilize both the Glover and Williams’ incarnations in dual timelines.
Something for the anime fans, Star Wars: Visions will offer a starkly different perspective on George Lucas’ ever-expanding world. Among Marvel’s roster of upcoming Disney+ projects, Kevin Feige unveiled What If…?, which would comprise alternate-world vignettes detached from the main MCU continuity. In a similar vein, Star Wars: Visions will consist of 10 episodes, each telling a different story within the Star Wars world. In a neat twist, the episodes will be in the Japanese anime style, produced by some of the country’s foremost studios (yet to be confirmed). Star Wars: Visions is unlikely to have a huge bearing on overall canon, but offers a refreshing diversion from the raft of other projects in the works.
R2-D2 and C-3PO always were a little like Buzz and Woody, and the iconic droid duo will return in Disney+’s A Droid Story, alongside an unspecified new hero. Currently in its infancy, A Droid Story is being touted as a feat of cutting edge visual effects, blending Star Wars animation with the renowned work of Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic division.
And, of course, it’s no surprise that as well as the 9 new additions to Disney+’s Star Wars section, The Mandalorian season 3 is in the works, set to air on Christmas 2021. Given the runaway success of The Mandalorian and the growth of popularity between the first two seasons, another outing for Din Djarin and Baby Yoda was a no-brainer. The Mandalorian viewers will know that season 2 isn’t even close to reaching the story’s endgame, and a third run was inevitable, even before Kathleen Kennedy confirmed the festive season 3 premiere (which will presumably be another high-quality holiday special…). The Mandalorian’s success is responsible for spearheading this new wave of Star Wars content on Disney+, and will likely stick around a while longer.