Disney Shows the Star Wars Universe is Alive and Well!

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In case you missed it yesterday was Walt Disney’s Investor Day meaning a ton of great Star Wars news dropped. And I do mean A TON. I know some people were left with a sour taste in their mouth after “Rise of Skywalker” (not me, I still think it’s a good film). But most agree that both the final season of “The Clone Wars” and “The Mandalorian” have been terrific entries into the massive Star Wars canon. Well get ready because that canon is about to get even bigger. Last night Disney shared huge plans for the franchise announcing new movies and Disney+ streaming series. It’s still a great time to be a Star Wars fan. In case you missed it here are the evening’s biggest announcements.

#1 – Hayden Christensen and the Obi-Wan Kenobi Series

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Yesterday we learned that not only is the Ewan McGregor led Obi-Wan series chugging right along, but it will feature none other than Hayden Christensen making his return to the Star Wars universe as Darth Vader. It’s exciting news and makes perfect sense considering the series is set 10 years after “Revenge of the Sith”. Needless to say there is plenty of unfinished business between the two that’s just begging to be explored. Look for this coming soon to Disney+.

#2 – Patty Jenkins is Making a Star Wars Movie

It looks like we know what’s next for Patty Jenkins after her highly anticipated Wonder Woman sequel. Disney dropped a very personal (and extremely cool) video featuring Jenkins announcing “Rouge Squadron”. It will be a feature film focused on something near and dear to Jenkins’ heart – fighter pilots. Plus she will be the first woman to direct a Star Wars film. This is obviously in its early stages but I can’t wait to see we she brings to the beloved galaxy far, far away.

#3 – The Bad Patch Animated Series

There were rumors of this circulating but now it’s confirmed. Disney dropped an official trailer announcing “The Bad Patch” animated series. This is particularly exciting for anyone who saw the highly praised final season of “The Clone Wars”. There is a ton of potential as the mercenary group find themselves at odds with pretty much everyone in the wake of Order 66. The series is “coming soon” to Disney+.

#4 – Taika Waititi’s Star Wars Movie is Confirmed

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It’s been swirling around the internet for a while, but Disney finally confirmed that Taika Waititi will be directing an upcoming feature film. No real details whatsoever but several questions. Will it be a stand-alone or the start of a new trilogy? Will he stay in sync with the SWU or do something jarringly different (see “Thor: Ragnarok”). One thing we do know, he’s already dipped his toe into Star Wars with “The Mandalorian” and I’m anxious to see what he has up his sleeve.

#5 – Ahsoka Tano Gets Her Own Series

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Many of us are rejoicing following the news that the much-loved Ahsoka is getting her own live-action series. It will be set during the Mandalorian timeline and is almost certain to connect with certain characters and locations from Mando’s current show. Rosario Dawson will reprise her role which is fine by me. Can’t wait for this one coming soon to Disney+.

#6 – Lando Calrissian Series in the Works

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That smooth-talking scoundrel Lando Calrissian is finally getting more than a supporting role. In fact he’s getting his very own series (you guessed it) coming soon to Disney+. Practically nothing else was shared including the most obvious question – will this feature Billy Dee Williams or Donald Glover? How about both? That’s my vote.

#7 – Diego Luna Returns as Cassian Andor

Great news for “Rogue One” fans. Diego Luna will reprise his role as Cassian Andor in an upcoming streaming series “Andor”. The project actually began production in late 2018 but now is moving full-steam ahead. It will feature some returning faces from “Rogue One” including Cassian’s snarky sidekick K-2SO once again voiced by Alan Tudyk. The series lands on Disney+ in 2022.

Other announcements for Disney+ include another Mandalorian spin-off “Rangers of the New Republic”, a collection of anime short films titled “Star Wars: Visions”, a new mystery-thriller series called “The Acolyte”, a new animated feature film “A Droid Story”, and “The Mandalorian: Season 3” slated for December 2021.

So what do you think of the big announcements? Which one excites you the most? Let me know in the comments section below.

19 thoughts on “Disney Shows the Star Wars Universe is Alive and Well!

  1. I would disagree that the news that Hayden Hayden Christensen appearing in a Star Wars movie or any other movie is exciting. I’ve never like him as an actor, I actually thought he might be done in the movie business. Maybe if he’s hidden away as Darth Vader he won’t kill whatever scene he is in. Otherwise, sounds like they have big plans. I think Waititi is a major talent, so that is good news.

  2. OK, seriously… what Star Wars fan would not enjoy these projects. I’m with Patrick on Hayden Christensen as he’s just not a good actor at all. Unless he’s just playing Darth Vader in physical form with James Earl Jones providing the voice, I’m cool with that.

    Rogue Squadron, now that I’m excited to see. Patty Jenkins doing a Star Wars film just seems awesome and it’s a X-Wing/TIE fighter film. Fuck yeah. Taika Waititi doing a Star Wars film. Diego Luna doing a Star Wars TV show… this is too much. I’m enjoying this.

    • I doubt we will get the James Earl voice just yet. Since it’s only 10 years after Sith it’ll probably be Hayden. Rogue Squadron should be really cool. Can’t wait to start seeing casting.

  3. That Investor’s meeting was such a joy for Star Wars and Marvel fans. I loved all the news. I can’t believe we’re in a place where the majority are actually excited for Hayden Christensen to return. I feel like a decade ago that would’ve never happened.

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