Enlarge /. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy unveiled a number of upcoming Star Wars projects on Disney Investor Day.
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy shared information on a number of upcoming Star Wars film and television projects on Disney Investor Day – including a behind-the-scenes teaser for the Rogue One spin-off series Andor, set five years before the events of the Blockbuster-Films 2016 plays.
"With The Mandalorian on Disney +, we ushered in a whole new era for Star Wars," said Kennedy. "These interconnected shows, along with future stories, will delight new audiences, hug our most passionate fans, and culminate in a climatic story event."
(Some spoilers below.)
Andor is described as a "suspenseful spy thriller," with Diego Luna repeating his title role as Cassian Andor from Rogue One. Tony Gilroy, who co-wrote this film, will serve as the showrunner, and Alan Tudyk will return as the re-programmed Imperial droid K-2SO. The cast also includes Genevieve O & # 39; Reilly as Mon Mothma, a Republic Senator who helped found the Rebel Alliance, as well as Stellan Skarsgård, Kyle Soller, Denise Gough, Adria Arjona and Fiona Shaw. The 12-episode series will set five years before the events of Rogue One.
Andor S1 will debut on Disney + in 2022. Production only started three weeks ago in London. You can check out the behind-the-scenes teaser below.
Diego Luna repeats his Star Wars: Rogue One role as Cassian in Andor, joining Disney in 2021. It was just one of the many Star Wars projects announced on Disney Investor Day.
Obi Wan Kenobi
We learned at Disney's D23 Expo last year that Ewan McGregor was going to repeat his role as icon Obi-Wan Kenobi in a live-action spin-off series. Kennedy announced that the series will take place 10 years after Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith – you know, the one in which Obi-Wan went up against Anakin Skywalker, who turned to the dark side and eventually became Sith Lord Darth Vader. The big news here is that Hayden Christiansen is repeating his role as Anakin Skywalker. Kennedy called it "the rematch of the century".
Ahsoka, Rangers of the Republic, Lando, The Acolyte
If you've been disappointed not seeing Rosario Dawson's Ahsoka on The Mandalorian this season (at least she told us The Child's name is Grogu), you'll be delighted to hear that the character is her own spin-off series on Disney + gets. In fact, we get two spin-offs from The Mandalorian; The second is called Rangers of the New Republic and is produced by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni.
But wait! There's even more Star Wars live-action goodness in the works. This lovable villain Lando Calrissian will get his own limited edition series called Lando. And Russian puppet maker Leslye Headland is committed to creating the female-centric The Acolyte, described as a "mystery thriller" that plunged audiences into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark sides in the final days of the High Republic era will kidnap. "" It's supposedly in another timeline or "pocket" of the Star Wars universe.
You'd think director Patty Jenkins had his hands full with the Wonder Woman franchise, but Kennedy announced that Jenkins will also direct a new Star Wars feature film, Rogue Squadron. The film is currently planned for Christmas 2023.
Jenkins tweeted a special video announcement for the project: "It was a lifelong dream as a filmmaker to one day make a great fighter pilot film," Jenkins said in her statement. "As the daughter of a great fighter pilot, some of the best memories of my life are seeing my father's squadron take off in their F4s every morning and hearing and feeling the awe-inspiring power and grace. When he died serving this country sparked a burning desire to turn all those emotions one day into a great movie. When the perfect story combined with another true love of mine, the incomparable world of Star Wars, arrived, I knew I had finally found my next movie I am very honored and excited to accept it and I am grateful to Lucasfilm, Disney and the fans for showing me this thrill. "
– Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) December 10, 2020
And we already knew that none other than Taika Waititi had been hired to direct an as-yet-unnamed Star Wars feature film. "Taika's approach to Star Wars will be fresh, unexpected, and … unique," said Kennedy. "His tremendous talent and sense of humor will ensure that the audience will have an unforgettable ride."
Disney does not forget about cartoons either. Kennedy released a teaser (embedded below) for The Bad Batch about a group of experimental elite clones first featured in The Clone Wars. It will be discontinued immediately after the events of this series. Each Bad Batch member has a unique ability and together they will "take on daring mercenary missions as they struggle to stay afloat and find a new purpose".
In addition to this series, we get the animated A Droid Story on Disney +, which is described as an "epic journey" with "a new hero led by the legendary duo R2-D2 and C-3PO". Finally, there is Star Wars: Visions, a series of animated short films set in the Star Wars universe made by leading Japanese anime studios.
New animated series The Bad Batch.