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
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
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
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
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.