Star Wars: Everything We Know About Every Upcoming Movie And Show
A lot has changed with the Star Wars franchise since it relaunched in 2015 with the movie The Force Awakens. Back then, Lucasfilm's focus was very much on films--not only would we get the continuation of the Skywalker saga, but these movies would alternate with a series of spin-offs focusing on key characters and events from the Star Wars universe.
However, the commercial disappointment of 2018's Solo: A Star Wars Story made it clear that not every Star Wars movie was a guaranteed success. Disney's then-CEO Bob Iger admitted the studio had released too much, too quickly, and that it would take time to consider its next steps.
The solution, in fact, lay on the small screen. Disney+ launched in November 2019 with The Mandalorian, the first ever live-action Star Wars series. It was an immediate hit with fans and critics, and has ensured that the service will be a natural home for Star Wars in the years to come. While a couple of titles--Obi-Wan Kenobi and Andor--had been announced in advance, it was the Disney Investor Day in December last year that fully revealed just how many Star Wars TV projects Lucasfilm had planned for the next few years.
Of course, the big screen hasn't been forgotten. While the focus is clearly on streaming shows in the immediate future, Lucasfilm has lined up an impressive range of writers and directors to take on the next generation of Star Wars movies, which will start rolling out in late 2023.
We've listed every upcoming series and film we know about so far. Some of these will arrive in the next 12 months, and some are in early stages of development. But either way, there's a lot of Star Wars on the way.
The Bad Batch
Release date: May 4
The latest animated Star Wars show follows the elite and experimental clones of the title, who were first introduced in The Clone Wars. Each member of the crew possesses a specific skill, making them formidable warriors as they deal with life after the epic intergalactic conflict. Creator Dave Filoni has stated that the series will follow the legacy that he and George Lucas created with The Clone Wars, "telling very, very exciting adventure stories." The show premieres on Disney+ on May 4--check out the latest Bad Batch trailer.
The Book of Boba Fett
The Mandalorian is taking a year off in 2021, but in its place this fall we'll get this spin-off. As the title suggests, it centers on the iconic bounty hunter, and the teaser released at the end of Mando Season 2 saw Fett returning to Jabba's palace on Tatooine, where he guns down Bib Fortuna to potentially take over the criminal empire. Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau will be joined in showrunning duties by director Robert Rodriguez, suggesting that the show will deliver plenty of action alongside underworld intrigue. Temuera Morrison will star as Fett once more, with Ming-Na Wen also reprising her role as Fennec Shand.
The Obi-Wan spin-off was first announced in 2019, but it's had a few delays along the way--including the departure of the main writer and a reported major rewrite. The series finally started production in late March 2021. Ewan McGregor is reprising his role as Obi-Wan from the Star Wars prequels, and he'll reunite with Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker. The cast also include Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse as Owen and Beru Lars, plus Moses Ingram, Kumail Nanjiani, O’Shea Jackson Jr, Indira Varma, and Rupert Friend. The show will be set 10 years after Revenge of the Sith, as Obi-Wan keeps a watchful eye over young Luke Skywalker on Tatooine, with Deborah Chow handling directing duties throughout. It doesn't have a premiere date yet, but 2022 seems likely.
A live-action show based on the Rogue One character Cassian Andor was first announced way back in 2018. According to Lucasfilm, the series will focus on "Andor's adventures as a rebel spy during the formative years of the Rebellion, before the events of A New Hope." Diego Luna will return as Andor, with Genevieve O'Reilly also reprising her role as Rebellion leader Mon Mothma. Andor's sardonic droid friend K-2SO is set to appear in later seasons, but actor Alan Tudyk has confirmed that he won't be part of Season 1. The rest of the cast includes Stellan Skarsgård, Adria Arjona, Fiona Shaw, Denise Gough, and Kyle Soller, and the showrunner is Tony Gilroy, who took over writing and directing duties on Rogue One when it needed extensive reshoots. The series is currently shooting in the UK, so expect to see it in 2022.
The Mandalorian Season 3
After two great seasons in consecutive years, the first Disney+ Star Wars show will sit out 2021. But it's set to return next year. The only thing we know for sure is that Gina Carano won't be returning as Cara Dune, while Pedro Pascal's stunt double Brendan Wayne recently confirmed that Pascal will be back in the title role. But fans will have to wait for the most important question to be answered--will Baby Yoda be back for Season 3?
While there are several Star Wars movies in development, the only one we have a confirmed title and release date for is Rogue Squadron. It was announced during the Disney Investor Day, with Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins set to become the first female filmmaker to helm a Star Wars movie. While Rogue Squadron is best known as the X-Wing squadron that helped destroy the Death Star in A New Hope, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy has stated that it will focus on "a new generation of starfighters" that "will move us into a future era of the galaxy," suggesting that it might be set after the events of The Rise of Skywalker. It's set to arrive on 22 December, 2023.
Rangers of the Old Republic
Rangers of the Old Republic was one of several new shows announced during Investor Day. The showrunners will be Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau, and it's set to be one of several spin-offs from the Mandalorian. While it's not yet known who the "rangers" of the title are, it has been rumored that it was set to focus on the character of Cara Dune. But with Gina Carano having left the franchise entirely, this is likely to change.
It's not surprising that Disney plans to make a new show based on everyone's favorite suave smuggler Lando Calrissian. The studio has described Lando as an "event series", and it's being developed by Dear White People creator Justin Simien. Nothing else is known about the show beyond that. Will Donald Glover return as the young Lando he played in Solo: A Star Wars Story? Or will Billy Dee Williams make another appearance as the older Calrissian, having reprised the role in Rise of Skywalker?
One of the highlights of The Mandalorian Season 2 was the live-action debut of Jedi warrior Ahsoka Tano, who had previously appeared in the animated shows The Clone Wars and Rebels. Rosario Dawson will return to the role for this Disney+ show. It's unknown if the series will be set after the events of her Mandalorian episode, or in the years between her last animated appearance in Rebels and The Mandalorian. Either way, Dawson proved to be perfect casting for the role, making this one of the most-anticipated upcoming Star Wars shows.
In April 2020 Disney announced that Lesley Headland, co-creator of the acclaimed Netflix show Russian Doll, had been hired at Lucasfilm to develop a "female-centric" Star Wars show. The title of this series was revealed to be The Acolyte during Investor Day. Kathleen Kennedy stated that it will be a "mystery thriller that takes us into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging Dark Side powers in the final days of the High Republic era."
A Droid Story
Back in the 1980s, C-3PO and R2-D2 starred in their own animated show, titled Droids. The series is one of several vintage Star Wars releases that recently hit Disney+, but for fans looking for a more modern animated droid adventure, A Droid Story is on the way. Lucasfilm has stated it will be an "epic journey that will introduce us to a new hero guided by our most iconic duo on a secret mission known only to them." The show is being produced by both Industrial Light & Magic and Lucasfilm Animation.
Star Wars: Visions
This animated anthology show will comprise 10 standalone short films, developed by various Japanese animation studios, that Lucasfilm states will "offer a fresh and diverse cultural perspective" to the franchise. The company is obviously very protective of Star Wars, but with any luck it will allow the writers and animators to develop these short films in interesting ways. Star Wars: Visions is set to arrive later in 2021, and we know that upcoming novel Ronin will tie into the series.
Taika Waititi's Movie
Waititi has already dabbled in the Star Wars universe by directing an episode of The Mandalorian Season 1 and providing the voice of droid IG-11. In May 2020 it was announced that he will direct a new movie, to be co-written with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (1917, Edgar Wright's upcoming Last Night in Soho). At Investor Day, Kathleen Kennedy provided a few more details, stating that it will be "pushing forward into a new future era," and that "Taika's approach to Star Wars will be fresh, unexpected, and unique." The unusual logo and brief visuals that accompanied this announcement have led to fan speculation about what exactly this film will be, but as yet, nothing more is confirmed.
Rian Johnson's Trilogy
The Last Jedi might have divided fans, but there's no denying it was phenomenally successful at the box office. In 2017, writer and director Rian Johnson was handed the keys to a new Star Wars trilogy, which he would develop and potentially direct. Johnson stated in January 2020 that he was "still talking to Lucasfilm," and in February this year he told writer Sariah Wilson that it was still happening. But with the recent news that he'll be making two sequels to the hit thriller Knives Out for Netflix, don't expect to see anything Star Wars-related from the filmmaker any time soon.
Kevin Feige's Movie
Marvel super-producer Kevin Feige is another big name who has been attached to a potential Star Wars movie. Feige's involvement was reported in September 2019, and in November that year he confirmed that he was interested in making one. "I love that world and I love the notion of exploring new people and new places in that universe, but that's all that can be said for now," he said. More recently, it was reported that Michael Waldron (Rick and Morty, the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) had been hired to work on the screenplay. However, Feige has also clarified that his involvement in Star Wars won't extend beyond a single movie.
J.D. Dillard and Matt Owens' Project
Dillard and Owens were attached to an upcoming Star Wars project in February 2020. Dillard previously directed the sci-fi thriller Sleight, while Owens is best known for writing Marvel shows such as Luke Cage and Agents of SHIELD. It's unknown if the pair are developing a new show or movie, and there has been no news since that initial announcement.