From the humble roots of Obi-Wan Kenobi being Princess Leia’s only hope, it’s hard to believe what Star Wars has become today, encompassing a whole galaxy of live-action and animated outings across movies and television.
As franchise overlord Kathleen Kennedy gains “ultimate power”, the sci-fi franchise has grown far beyond the mainline nine movies of the Skywalker Saga.
While a post-The Rise of Skywalker future for the likes of Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac remains unclear, that hasn’t stopped a plethora of projects being fast-tracked into productions quicker than Han Solo can do the Kessel Run.
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Similar to what the Marvel Cinematic Universe is doing, there are multiple releases set for the next few years. With stories multiplying faster than a clone army, here’s every upcoming Star Wars show and movie that’s on the way.
The Bad Batch Season 2 (underway on Disney+)
After The Bad Batch’s explosive season one finale, the rebellious animated clones returned for a second season in January 2023. The official synopsis explains: "Months have passed since the events on Kamino and the Bad Batch continue their journey navigating the Empire after the fall of the Republic. They will cross paths with friends and foes, both new and familiar, as they take on a variety of thrilling mercenary missions that will take them to unexpected and dangerous new places."
Star Wars Celebration gave a long-awaited season 2 trailer and it was confirmed at D23 2022 that the second series will stream on Disney+ with a two-episode premiere on 4 January, 2023. We’re dying to learn where Crosshair goes after parting ways with the Bad Batch, and more about Omega’s ties to Palpatine’s cloning experiments, so it's good news that there isn’t long to wait.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch features the voices of Dee Bradley Baker and Michelle Ang, with Dave Filoni, Carrie Beck, Athena Portillo, Brad Rau and Jennifer Corbett serving as executive producers. Rau is also serving as supervising director with Corbett as head writer.
Season two of The Bad Batch will conclude on 29 March, 2023.
The Mandalorian Season 3 (1 March, 2023)
Everyone’s favourite pairing are back in their Beskar armour, with The Mandalorian season 3 following Din Djarin and Grogu.
Following the dynamic duo’s clash with Moff Gideon in the first two seasons, our titular Mandalorian and his pint-sized partner in crime popped up in The Book of Boba Fett.
Pedro Pascal once again takes the lead, and new series will see Din Djarin ostracised by his creed, and working as a 'clan of two' will his young Jedi companion.
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Remembering the Armorer said Djarin wouldn’t be considered a true Mandalorian unless he bathed in the living waters of the mines of Mandalore, it’s a pretty good indication about where we’re heading. We're also hoping for some more big names akin to Ahsoka Tano and Luke Skywalker will stop by in season 3.
Even though the cast hasn’t been confirmed, Carl Weathers is expected to reprise his role as Greef Carga, we’d be surprised if Katee Sackhoff didn't appear as Bo-Katan Kryze, and the fact Giancarlo Esposito said production was slated to begin in late 2021 suggests Moff Gideon will return in some capacity.
Star Wars: Visions Season 2 (Spring 2023)
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Creators from around the world are due to animate episodes for what’s being dubbed Volume 2, which will include shorts from studios based in Japan, India, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Chile, France, South Africa, South Korea and the United States. The second volume has been described as "a celebration of the incredible animation happening all around the globe".
Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures (Spring 2023)
Announced alongside Tales of the Jedi, Young Jedi Adventures was also revealed at Star Wars Celebration 2022. Landing on Disney Jr. in 2023, the animated series focuses on a group of younglings in the High Republic era.
The aim of Young Jedi Adventures is to teach viewers the ways of the Force and how to "become Jedi: Compassion, self-discipline, teamwork, patience, and friendship." It's effectively combining Star Wars with Sesame Street.
Ahsoka (TBC 2023)
The idea of Rosario Dawson playing the fan-favourite Togruta started as a joke among fans, but now, she’s poised to be at the centre of the ever-expanding Star Wars universe. After Ahsoka Tano made her franchise debut as the protégé of Anakin Skywalker in the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars, she later returned for Rebels (set 14 years later).
Dawson first appeared in The Mandalorian season 2, and has since had a brief cameo in The Book of Boba Fett. Although details of Ahsoka are thin on the ground, we know Hayden Christensen returns as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, while Natasha Liu Bordizzo joins the series as famed Mandalorian warrior, Sabine Wren. Eman Esfandi will play the live-action Ezra Bridger, the Jedi hopeful who first appeared in Star Wars: Rebels.
The synopsis reveals: "Set after the fall of the Empire, Ahsoka follows the former Jedi knight Ahsoka Tano as she investigates an emerging threat to a vulnerable galaxy."
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There’s a currently unknown role for Mary Elizabeth Winstead, meaning the real-life wife of Ewan McGregor gets to join her husband in the Star Wars family. Filming on Ahsoka has only just started, with a 2023 release date set for Disney+.
The executive producers are Dave Filoni, Jon Favreau, Kathleen Kennedy, Colin Wilson, Carrie Beck with Karen Gilchrist as co-executive producer. Peter Ramsey will direct one episode, with Dave Filoni confirmed to write the series and direct several episodes, including the first.
Filming began in May 2022.
Star Wars: Skeleton Crew (TBC 2023)
A surprise announcement from 2022’s Star Wars Celebration was the mysterious Skeleton Crew. Jude Law is new to Star Wars stepping up as a currently unnamed character. Previously going under the codename Grammar Rodeo, Skeleton Crew charts the fall of the Empire through the eyes of four children "who find themselves lost in in the vastness of the galaxy trying to find their way home."
Spider-Man: No Way Home’s Jon Watts is also making his first foray into the galaxy, in a project that’s described a “galactic version of classic Amblin coming-of-age adventure films of the ’80s.”
Filming wrapped on Skeleton Crew in January 2023.
Andor S2 (2024)
Given the fates of the characters in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor might not have seemed the most likely character to lead his own spin-off, but the first season of Andor followed the rugged rebel as the Rebel Alliance forms during an era of unease.
Familiar faces including Rogue One’s Genevieve O’Reilly and Forest Whitaker reprised their respective roles as Mon Mothma, Saw Gerrera. The old crowd were joined by Killing Eve’s Fiona Shaw, Morbius’ Adria Arjona Torres, and MCU favourite Stellan Skarsgård.
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Being set five years before Rogue One — and in that lucrative gap between the prequel and original trilogies — means that Andor’s first season of 12 episodes will be followed by a second season of 12 to complete the story.
The second season went into production in November, 2022 and is expected to hit Disney+ in 2024.
The Acolyte (TBC)
Russian Doll creator Leslye Headland steers the ship of The Acolyte, which is set in a relatively untapped High Replublic era of canon that’s currently being explored in the novels. This female-led series takes place around 100 years before The Phantom Menace.
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Being described as an "action thriller with martial arts elements,” The Acolyte will consist of eight episodes and is reportedly touting The Hunger Games’ Amandla Stenberg for a starring role. If you want an idea of what The Acolyte could be like, check out the trailer for Quantic Dream's Star Wars Eclipse video game that’s set in the same period of history.
The show will also star Jodie Turner-Smith, Lee Jung-jae, Manny Jacinto, Charlie Bennett, Dafne Keen, Rebecca Henderson, Dean-Charles Chapman and Carrie-Anne Moss.
Production on the eight-episode series began in the UK in October, 2022.
Taika Waititi’s untitled Star Wars movie (TBC)
After seeing what Taikia Waiti can do with Thor in the MCU, there are high hopes he can inject his usual brand of humour into Star Wars for a live-action movie.
There’s no news on where or when Waititi’s project will be set, but in August 2021, the What We Do in the Shadows director told Wired he’s cracked the story that “feels very me.”
Despite not having a release date, the movie should mark the franchise’s return to the silver screen.
Rogue Squadron (TBC)
Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins is due to sit in the director’s chair for Rogue Squadron — which she wants to be about the "greatest fighter pilot movie of all time."
Set in a “future era” of the galaxy, Rogue Squadron follows a new generation of starfighter pilots as they shoot through the stars.
Even though Rogue Squadron was originally slated for a Christmas 2023 release, but it was indefinitely delayed with Jenkins putting her efforts into Wonder Woman 3, while her Star Wars project is now "further off" than Waiti’s movie.
With Wonder Woman 3 no longer happening at DC, Rogue Squadron may not be dead in the water just yet.
Untitled Lando project (TBC)
Another name that needs no introduction is Lando Calrissian. The smooth-talking smuggler first appeared in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back, with Billy Dee Williams becoming synonymous with the role — even returning for The Rise of Skywalker.
More recently, Donald Glover portrayed a much younger Lando for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Only recently, Kathleen Kennedy admitted that Glover 'holds all the cards here', seemingly confirming he’ll be leading Lando instead of Williams.
This gives hope to the idea that Alden Ehrenreich and the tatters of Solo’s plot points could continue on the small screen. Either way, Lando sounds like one project that’s still a while off.
Shawn Levy's Star Wars movie (TBC)
In November 2022, it was reported that Shawn Levy — director of Free Guy and The Adam Project, as well as producer of Stranger Things — is in talks to direct a Star Wars film. It would likely follow Deadpool 3 (releasing 2024) and the final season of Stranger Things (shooting in 2023).
Damon Lindelof's Star Wars movie (TBC)
In October 2022, it was reported that Damon Lindelof — co-writer on Cowboys & Aliens, Prometheus, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Tomorrowland, as well as co-showrunner on Lost, co-creator of The Leftovers, and the brains behind HBO's Watchmen — is working on his own Star Wars movie.
Ms. Marvel director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is linked with directing, and Justin Britt-Gibson co-writing.
Kevin Feige’s untitled Star Wars movie (TBC)
Before Kathleen Kennedy was lording it over Star Wars, Kevin Feige was showing us how to craft cinematic universes. The idea that the MCU’s very own Emperor Palpatine will steer a Star Wars movie is huge news.
Again there’s no release date, however, Feige’s movie is described as a standalone. He’s joined by another big name from Marvel, as Loki and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness scribe Michael Waldron is attached to write the screenplay.
Knights of the Old Republic (TBC)
Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy confirmed an adaptation of the classic video game was in development, and it was later revealed that Terminator: Genisys and Alita: Battle Angel co-writer Laeta Kalogridis was working on the script. There's been no update since though.
A Droid Story (TBC)
Years ago, there were whispers that R2-D2 and C-3PO would get their own spin-off akin to Solo, but it never came to pass. Instead, Star Wars: A Droid Story will see the iconic pair helping “a new hero” on a special mission.
There’s no word on where in the timeline A Droid Story fits, but with them first meeting in The Phantom Menace, it must take place after Episode I. Disney+ is partnering with Industrial Light & Magic for a mix of animation and visual effects.
J.D. Dillard and Matt Owens project (Status unknown)
Sleight’s J.D. Dillard and Luke Cage’s Matt Owens were in the early stages of developing a Star Wars film in February 2020 which is rumoured to have been set on the Sith planet of Exegol.
However, in November 2022 Dillard announced he was no longer involved.
Untitled Rian Johnson Trilogy (on hold)
Despite Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi being held as possibly the most divisive entry of the Skywalker Saga, he’s still poised to lead a whole new trilogy of movies. The all-new trilogy is planning to explore a different corner of the galaxy and introduce brand-new characters.
Johnson’s trilogy was announced in 2017 (before The Last Jedi even game out), and in a long-awaited update, Kennedy told Vanity Fair admitted it’s been back-burnered.
Rangers of the New Republic (cancelled)
One series unlikely to see the light of day is Rangers of the New Republic. The Mandalorian's tease of a spin-off for Gina Carano’s Cara Dune led into Rangers of the New Republic, but the star’s outspoken comments on social media led to Disney cutting ties with her.
Speaking to Empire in 2021, Kennedy confirmed no scripts for Rangers of the New Republic had been written, adding that ideas could be absorbed into future seasons of The Mandalorian.
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ Trilogy (cancelled)
Game of Thrones legends David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were set to swap dragons for Rancors for a whole trilogy of movies. The daring duo was announced for the much-hyped trilogy back in 2018 — at a time Game of Thrones was still massive — for a 2022 start.
Although Benioff and Weiss cited their ongoing deal with Netflix as the reason, others think the critical slamming Game of Thrones season 8 received was another contributing factor.
Either way, don’t expect to see the Star Wars Seven Kingdoms anytime soon.
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