During a tidal wave of new and mostly-amazing announcements made today during Disney’s annual Investor’s Day presentation, the future of the Star Wars franchise was made known. No less than 10 Star Wars properties were detailed with most of them being revealed for the first time. President of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, hosted the LFL and Star Wars reveals. We’ll breakdown what was mentioned and revealed about each project below.
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron – Patty Jenkins will be directing a new film in an unspecified time about “a new generation of starfighter pilots as they earn their wings and risk their lives in a boundary-pushing, high-speed thrill-ride, and move the saga into the future era of the galaxy.”
Untitled Taika Waititi Film – This film “will be fresh, unexpected, and…unique” Kennedy said which parallels director Waititi in style and personality. Outside of the unusual-looking Star Wars logo that was shown, little is known, and based on the logo, the odds of it being animated is likely.
Missing from the film reveals was mention of the previously announced Rian Johnson Trilogy.
The Mandalorian – Disney+’s anchor program included a new sizzle reel showcasing Season 2 of the series was shown. Season 3 will debut at Christmas 2021!
Andor – While we wanted this series to be called Fulcrum, Andor will be a spy thriller, and how fantastic is to see Mon Mothma back on the screens. It was made known the series will consist of 12 episodes. This will obviously be a prequel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This has been the first we have seen of this series since Celebration Chicago last year.
Lando – “Everyone’s favorite scoundrel Lando Calrissian will return in a brand-new event series for Disney+.” With a description like this and no other information, so many questions arise. Will this star Billy Dee or Donald or perhaps both? Will this be a prequel or sequel to Solo? Will Jaina appear if set during the Sequel Trilogy. We are very excited to learn more about this series in the year ahead.
The Acolyte – ‘“The Acolyte” is a mystery-thriller that will take viewers into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark-side powers in the final days of the High Republic era.” Now this series appears to be the first multi-media tie-in to the upcoming High Republic publishing event from Lucasfilm. This new era of Star Wars takes place between 300-100 years before the Battle of Yavin and so if The Acolyte takes place at the end of this era then we are dealing with a timeline that is about 80 years prior to A New Hope.
Obi-Wan Kenobi – In a surprising reveal, Hayden will return to the black suit he donned for just a few minutes in Revenge of the Sith. This series, which is now set right in the middle of Kenobi’s self-exile, could very well see numerous OT characters appear similar to Rogue One and Andor.
Hayden Christensen returns as Darth Vader, joining Ewan McGregor in OBI-WAN KENOBI. The Original Series begins 10 years after the dramatic events of Revenge of the Sith, and is coming to #DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/9WR2npRUkk
Rangers of the New Republic – Not one but two spinoffs from The Mandalorian series were announced. The first centers around what we assume are going to be X-Wing pilots who police the galaxy. We can only hope Filoni has traded in his fedora for a Rebel pilot helmet as a regular in this series.
Ahsoka – The second series was the much-expected to be announced series based on fan-favorite Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano. All fingers are crossed that this continues her storylines that were begun in The Mandalorian. Both of these spinoffs take place during the events and timeframe of The Mandalorian.
The Bad Batch – The Clone Wars spinoff series which features the elite Clone Trooper team was revealed to be a sequel series as it takes place during the Empire reign. Loads of appearances in the sizzle reel include Palpatine, Fennec Shand, Grand Moff Tarkin, and Commander Cody.
Star Wars: Visions – “An Original Series of animated short films, celebrates the Star Wars galaxy through the lens of the world’s best Japanese anime creators.” This series will include 10 short films and beyond that very little in know about the era or characters it will include.
A Droid Story – When it comes to animation, Lucasfilm is releasing a series with The Bad Batch, a series of shorts with Vision, and now an animated film starring the most famous droids in the Galaxy far, far away. For this film, LFL is teaming with ILM but what that means is still unclear. Once again the timeframe surrounding this series is unknown.
While the details were brief on most of the new reveals today, the message is clear. Star Wars is set to chart a new course into the future beyond the Skywalker Saga. Not only are they taking fans to new corners of the galaxy, the Prequel and Sequel Trilogies appears to be off-limits to exploration at this point. We are overcome with both excitement and amazement that so many projects are currently underway and all coming in the next 5 years. While we do like the idea of a new film trilogy, this content is exciting nonetheless.
The question now remains on how much toy and action figure tie-in will be possible with this much media headed down the pipe. We believe this would be a good time for Hasbro to begin a new line of 3 3/4″ that is a balance between The Vintage Collection and 5POA that can cater to all Star Wars properties. The reason behind this is simple. Action figures need to be affordable for kids and families and the current TVC price point of $13-$18 is too expensive. Also, TVC requires its figures to be super-articulated which drives up the cost and lots of lesser characters do not require that level of possibility. Having a catch-all line will also help to ensure that figures from all new media receive attention. Plus there are so many figures that have been produced in the modern line that could see rerelease should those characters appear in these series it only makes sense to have a line that could accommodate them.
The years ahead in Star Wars will see more must-see TV than motion picture events but right now we are not complaining. Now how do we find our way into one of these productions…