Lucasfilm Announce Rogue Squadron Film, Ten Star Wars Shows, Plus A Willow Series
Lucusfilm were at the recent Disney Investor Day and announced news on everything Star Wars, including the news that Patty Jenkins will direct a Rogue Squadron movie. There will be ten new Disney+ shows, as well as info on the next Indiana Jones movie and a new Willow series. Get all the details below.
The next Star Wars feature film will be Rogue Squadron — directed by Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman franchise). The story will introduce 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.
Lock S-foils in attack position, as Star Wars: Rogue Squadron arrives in theaters December 22nd 2023.
The brand-new Star Wars feature with acclaimed filmmaker and Academy Award-winner Taika Waititi is in development. Lucasfilm President, Kathleen Kennedy stated:
Taika’s approach to Star Wars will be fresh, unexpected, and…unique . . . His enormous talent and sense of humor will ensure that audiences are in for an unforgettable ride.
Officially titled Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Disney+ series begins 10 years after the dramatic events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. It will star Ewan McGregor as the titular Obi-Wan Kenobi, as it was announced that Hayden Christensen will also return as Darth Vader. The series will be directed by Deborah Chow, who helmed memorable episodes of The Mandalorian Season 1. No official release date is announced at this time.
After making her long awaited live-action debut in The Mandalorian, Ahsoka Tano’s story, written by Dave Filoni, will continue in a limited series starring Rosario Dawson and executive produced by Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau.
Rangers of the New Republic
Set within the timeline of The Mandalorian, this new live-action series from executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni will intersect with future stories and culminate into a climactic story event.
Everyone’s favorite scoundrel Lando Calrissian will return in a brand-new event series for Disney+. Justin Simien, creator of the critically-acclaimed Dear White People and a huge Star Wars fan, is developing the story.
Andor, a tense nail-biting spy thriller created by Tony Gilroy, is set to arrive on Disney+ in 2022. Diego Luna, reprising the role of rebel spy Cassian Andor from Rogue One, will be joined by a fantastic new cast that includes Stellan Skarsgard, Adria Arjona, Fiona Shaw, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller and Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma. Production kicked off three weeks ago in London.
Leslye Headland, Emmy Award-nominated creator of the mind-bending series Russian Doll, brings a new Star Wars series to Disney+ with The Acolyte. The Acolyte is a mystery-thriller that will take the audience into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark side powers in the final days of the High Republic era.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch
The series follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in The Clone Wars) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. These highly skilled warriors, will take on mercenary missions, as they try to find their place in a post-Clone War era.
The animated series will arrive exclusively on Disney+.
Star Wars: Visions
Star Wars: Visions will be a series of animated short films celebrating Star Wars through the lens of the world’s best anime creators. The anthology collection will bring 10 fantastic visions from several of the leading Japanese anime studios, offering a fresh and diverse cultural perspective to Star Wars.
A Droid Story
Lucasfilm Animation will be teaming up with Lucasfilm’s visual effects team, Industrial Light & Magic, to develop a special Star Wars adventure for Disney+, A Droid Story. This epic journey will introduce us to a new hero, guided by legendary duo R2-D2 and C-3PO.
Other Lucasfilm Stories
The Fifth Indiana Jones
Lucasfilm is currently in pre-production on the next installment of the Indiana Jones franchise. At the helm is James Mangold, director of the Academy Award-winning Le Mans ’66 (Ford v Ferrari), and Indy himself, Harrison Ford, will be back to continue his iconic character’s journey. Indy will begin shooting late spring of 2021 and will arrive July 2022.
Set decades after Ron Howard’s 1988 movie, Willow will continue the spirit of adventure, heroics, and humor of the original film. Warwick Davis will return in the role of the great sorcerer, Willow Ufgood, with Jon Chu (director of the groundbreaking Crazy Rich Asians) directing the pilot. Willow begins shooting next March in Wales and will debut on Disney+ in 2022.
Children of Blood & Bone
Finally, Lucasfilm are adapting Tomi Adeyemi’s New York Times bestselling novel Children of Blood & Bone. This new project will centre around a young African girl’s heart-racing quest to restore magic to her forsaken people, the Maji. Lucasfilm will partner with 20th Century Studios on this coming-of-age adventure.
Phew, that was a huge slate of content. Star Wars fans will have plenty of extended lore in the coming years, while classics like Indiana Jones and Willow return to screens. It’s great to hear of a new project Children of Blood & Bone. What are you looking forward to seeing most?