Disney Investor's Day Reveals New Star Wars Projects, Including Ahsoka!
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Disney Investor’s Day Reveals New Star Wars Projects: Patty Jenkins, Ahsoka Series, and Lando

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BY December 21, 2020

The year 2020 is strange and awful in a lot of ways, but perhaps one of the strangest thing is that thousands of fans sat in front of their computers watching a Disney investor meeting. However, with no Comic-Con or Star Wars Celebration, it is where we learned about what’s next for the galaxy far, far away and Lucasfilm. A number of things have been confirmed and some delightful surprises for Star Wars fans were announced during the Lucasfilm segment of Disney Investor’s Day. In short, Star Wars fans are going to be eating well through 2023.

Kathleen Kennedy delivered the news, starting with a heartfelt message about the COVID-19 pandemic and this tumultuous year. She went on to say that great stories from these franchises we love can help people through these tough times. At the very least, we’ve got a lot to look forward to. She went on to talk about The Mandalorian and what a cultural juggernaut it’s become. “We could not be more humbled by the reception to this show,” Kennedy said. “With The Mandalorian on Disney+ we’ve ushered in a new era of Star Wars” and filmmaking.

She spent some time talking about the innovative technology that is Stagecraft. Giant screens use the Unreal video game engine to create realistic outdoor views on indoor sets. This technology has allowed Lucasfilm to continue production on their projects even through the COVID-19 pandemic, since they can control almost all the possible vectors for infection. Kennedy announced that they will be building three more of these sets, including in London, to help Lucasfilm and other projects achieve epic level quality on TV(-ish) budgets.

Disney Investor’s Day Promises Many More New Star Wars Series For Disney+

Disney Investor's Day Ahsoka Series Image Image via Disney+

The biggest news comes as Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni are currently developing two new series. The one we all hoped was coming is Ahsoka starring Rosario Dawson as the fan-favorite Jedi who appeared in Chapter 13 of The Mandalorian. Also, they are working on a series called The Rangers of the New Republic which we know very little about. Even more exciting, these stories will “culminate in a climactic story event,” much like the Marvel and Netflix series led to The Defenders. The first of these will debut in 2021.

The Cassian Andor series, titled simply Andor, will debut in 2022 and is currently filming. With Tony Gilroy, they are hoping to tell a thrilling tale of Star Wars spies. After this will come Obi-Wan Kenobi which is set to start filming in March. The big news here is that Hayden Christiansen will be back to portray Darth Vader and, almost certainly, Anakin Skywalker via flashbacks. Kennedy suggested a Vader and Kenobi showdown, calling it “the rematch of the century.”

We’ve learned that Leslye Headland of Russian Doll fame will develop a mystery thriller set during the end of the High Republic era. Called Acolyte this will be a women-led series that focuses on the Dark Side and the shadowy, spooky side of Star Wars. Justin Simien, creator of Dear White People, will bring us a series focused on the smoothest cat in the entire galaxy, Lando Calrissian. Dubbed an event series Lando has no cast information, but I’d bet we’ll see both Billy Dee Williams and Donald Glover in the roles.

Star Wars Animation Is Coming In Hot

Disney INvestor's Day Star Wars visions title card Image via Disney+

During the Disney Investor’s Day presentation about Star Wars, we got a few sizzle reels, including one showing The Bad Batch in action. Reports that the show would be set post-Revenge of the Sith proved to be accurate. We see Tarkin and Clone Force 99 fighting, well, everyone. There was even a glimpse of Fennec Shand, the character Ming-Na Wen plays in The Mandalorian. It will be arriving to the streamer some time next year.

Also coming is a series called Star Wars Visions which will be an anthology series of 10 Star Wars short films from prestigious anime production studios in Japan. Disney CEO Bob Chapek promised 10 Star Wars series for Disney+, which means there are a few series we’ve not yet heard about.

Other Lucasfilm Projects Coming to Disney+ Including Star Wars Feature Films

During the Disney Investor’s Day presentation, Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that Taika Waititi is currently writing his Star Wars film. However, she announced the title and director for the very next Star Wars story we’re going to see on the big screen. Rogue Squadron will “move us into a future era of the galaxy” according to Kennedy. The biggest news, however, is that Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins will be the first woman to direct a Star Wars feature film. After the announcement was made, she posted a video to her Twitter feed detailing her excitement to enter this universe.

Along with Star Wars, Kennedy announced James Mangold will direct “the final installment” of the Indiana Jones franchise, starring none other than Harrison Ford. We knew this was coming, but this is the first real official confirmation of it. This film will start principal photography at the end of 2021 to be in theaters in 2022. Along with this, there will be Willow a series set ten years after the film of the same name, led by none other than Jon M. Chu. (Hopefully this means a Rose Tico series is still a possibility.) They also confirmed that a film based on Children of Blood and Bone is forthcoming.

The Disney Investor’s Day call was chock full of news for Star Wars fans. What project are you most excited about? Tell us in the comments below.

Featured image via Lucasfilm.

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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.

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