May the 4th may be over for another year but the appeal of Star Wars is perennial and there is still so much to look forward to from a galaxy far, far away.
The Bad Batch is now available on Disney+, with new episodes available each Friday and, of course, The Mandalorian dropped on the platform in 2019 — acting as a foundation for several upcoming spinoffs on the platform.
Additionally, there are films in development from Patty Jenkins, Taika Waititi, Rian Johnson, Kevin Feige and J.D. Dillard, Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi limited series, plus standalone projects centred around Cassian Andor from Rogue One and Lando Calrissian from Solo.
All told, there are around 16 Lucasfilm projects in the pipeline for film and television for 2021 and beyond, so here’s a breakdown of what we can expect.
The Bad Batch
As we previously mentioned, The Bad Batch landed on Disney+ on May 4, with new episodes dropping weekly.
The animated series features five characters first introduced in The Clone Wars, namely Hunter, Echo, Tech, Wrecker, and Crosshair, as they navigate a post-Clone War galaxy. Over 16 episodes the group will take on daring mercenary missions as they struggle to stay afloat and find a new purpose.
The Book of Boba Fett
Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Robert Rodriguez, and Kathleen Kennedy executive produce this series for Disney+, which sees Boba Fett front and centre — presumably as he takes over and begins to operate Jabba’s criminal empire.
The series picks up directly where The Mandalorian ended and will be available on the streamer in December 2021.
Star Wars: Visions
Visions is a ten-part anime series from Lucasfilm, said to breathe fresh life — and a diverse cultural perspective — into the Star Wars universe.
No cast or crew have been announced for the project which is being created by some of Japan’s leading anime studios.
The series should be available by December 2021 on Disney+.
This upcoming prequel series features Diego Luna inhabit the role of rebel spy Cassian Andor once again, over 12 episodes.
While we don’t have too many details about the series just yet, it has been described as “a tense nail-biting thriller” that should be out sometime in 2022 on Disney+.
Ewan McGregor, who plays the titular character, and Hayden Christensen, who plays Darth Vader, return for the six-episode Disney+ limited series which will take place ten years after the end of Revenge of the Sith.
Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Moses Ingram, Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, Benny Safdie and Maya Erskine also star.
The series is currently in production and is expected to land on Disney+ in 2022.
The Mandalorian (Season 3)
The Jon Favreau-created series will return for a third season on Disney+, continuing the story of Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal).
The writers and directors for the upcoming season have not yet been announced and we don’t yet have an estimated date for its release.
Directed by Wonder Woman‘s Patty Jenkins, Rogue Squadron is based loosely on the X-wing novel series and is expected to land in cinemas on December 22, 2023.
Headlining her own live-action Disney+ series, Rosario Dawson reprises her role as Ahsoka Tano with Dave Filoni, who created the character, serving as executive producer alongside The Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau.
Plot details have not yet been revealed, but Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has said that it will be set in the New Republic and “will culminate in a climactic story event.”
Rangers of the New Republic
The third spin-off of The Mandalorian will follow a group of New Republic soldiers as they travel through the galaxy.
The Disney+ series is being executive produced by Filoni and Favreau, who are also bringing us Ahsoka, The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett.
No date has been set as yet for its release.
The Acolyte will take place about a hundred years before The Phantom Menace, and will revolve around a female character who will “uncover shadowy secrets in a time where Dark Side powers are brewing.”
No release date is known yet for the mystery/thriller series.
Details are scarce around this Disney+ project, but what we do know is that it focuses on Lando Calrissian and is being created by Justin Simien who brought us Dear White People.
As for who will play the titular role? We can’t say but Calrissian was been played by Donald Glover in 2018’s Solo: A Star Wars Story and Billy Dee Williams who first inhabited the role in 1980 — becoming the first African-American actor with a major role in the Star Wars series.
A Droid Story
R2-D2 and C-3PO take the stage in A Droid Story, as they guide a new hero on an exciting mission.
According to reports, the Disney+ film — which is still in early development — will blend traditional Star Wars animation with visual effects from Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic division.
Untitled Taika Waititi Movie
We can only guess what sort of comedic spin Taika Waititi might put on a Star Wars film, with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy promising that it will be “fresh, unexpected, and… unique.”
Untitled Rian Johnson Movie Trilogy
Very little is known about how this trilogy might play out or when it would be slated for release.
Johnson wrote and directed 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi which received very mixed reviews.
Untitled Kevin Feige Movie
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is developing a new Star Wars film with Kathleen Kennedy. No details about the film have been revealed, but it’s safe to say that the two studios joining forces are sure to yield something amazing.
Untitled J.D. Dillard Project
Having portrayed FN-1226 in 2019’s Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker, Dillard is teaming up with writer Matt Owens (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) to develop a new Star Wars project.
It’s unclear if this project will be a Disney+ series or feature film.