7 New ‘Star Wars’ Shows in the Works on Disney+
Seven Star Wars shows are currently in the works at Lucasfilm, with many of the upcoming series getting announced at this year’s Star Wars Celebration. At the event, show creators held panel discussions about some of the upcoming live-action and animated projects and showed teaser trailers for series currently in development.
The next Star Wars show coming to Disney+ is Andor, a spinoff show of 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The 12-episode series premieres its first two episodes on Aug. 31 and will follow the story of the titular rebel spy, Cassian Andor.
Set five years before Rogue One, the Andor series has been described by StarWars.com as a “nail-biting” spy-thriller and, as seen in the teaser trailer, will follow the spy as he works alongside the Rebellion to fight back against the Empire.
Diego Luna reprises his role for the series, along with Genevieve O’Reilly returning as Mon Mothma. Forest Whitaker will also be reprising his role as resistance fighter Saw Gerrera.
‘Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi’
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi has been described as a collection of animated shorts and will feature several stories highlighting different Jedi from the prequel era. While an exact release date has yet to be confirmed, the series should arrive on Disney+ this fall.
One of the most promising aspects of the series is the inclusion of two iconic force-wielders from the prequel era: Count Dooku and Qui-Gon Jinn. The show will chronicle Dooku’s fall to the dark side and also give audiences a look into his relationship with his former Padawan, a young Qui-Gon, who will be voiced by Liam Neeson’s son.
Footage screened from Tales of the Jedi during its Star Wars Celebration panel also included an episode focusing on Ahsoka’s early life and confirmed that the show would see Ahsoka reunited with her master, Anakin Skywalker.
‘Young Jedi Adventures’
Young Jedi Adventures will arrive on Disney+ in 2023 and will follow a group of Jedi Younglings as they learn how to use the Force. Among the upcoming Star Wars shows, this one will cater to preschool-age children.
While not much else is known about Young Jedi Adventures, there’s potential for iconic legacy characters like Mace Windu, Plo Koon, Yoda, and other Jedi Masters to make cameos in the show.
Picking up after the events of Star Wars Rebels, the live-action Ahsoka series will follow fan-favorite former Jedi Ahsoka Tano, who first appeared in the widely-loved animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
While a lot remains unknown about the show, a teaser shown at this year’s Star Wars Celebration showed Ahsoka (Rosario Dawson) teaming up with the crew of the Ghost and gave fans a quick glimpse at live-action Hera Syndulla, Sabine Wren, and the rebels’ beloved droid, Chopper. This implies that Ahsoka will be searching for lost Jedi Ezra Bridger, who disappeared with the evil Grand Admiral Thrawn in the series’ finale.
Fans already saw Dawson’s Ahsoka in The Mandalorian Season 2. Ahsoka was initially announced in 2020 as part of a Disney Investors Day presentation and remains one of the most highly-anticipated Star Wars shows to date.
‘Star Wars: Skeleton Crew’
Described by series director Jon Watts as a “Goonies-style” story set in the Star Wars galaxy, the Skeleton Crew series reportedly centers around a group of children—all roughly around 10 years old—lost in the galaxy and need to find their way home. So far, the only confirmed cast member is Jude Law, though any specific details surrounding his character remain concealed.
With Watts (who’s directed memorable Marvel installations like Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Spider-Man: No Way Home) at the helm, Skeleton Crew is sure to be a fun romp through the galaxy far, far away.
The Acolyte will take fans to an era that hasn’t yet been explored in Star Wars movies or TV shows canon: 100 years before the events of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Amandla Stenberg will be leading the show as a mysterious new character named Aura, though any specific details about the character remain unknown.
According to The Acolyte creator Leslye Headland, the show will help set up the political landscape featured in the prequels, meaning audiences can likely expect to learn more about the Republic, the senate, and the beginnings of the Separatist movement. While a release date remains unknown, rumors suggest The Acolyte premieres on Disney+ sometime in 2024.
While Disney previously confirmed the Lando show, several details surrounding the show remain TBD, including the big question of whether or not Donald Glover will reprise his role as a young Lando Calrissian.
According to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, the lack of developments with Lando stems from Glover’s busy schedule.
The series would focus on the younger version of the character as seen in Solo: A Star Wars Story, as opposed to the one played by Billy Dee Williams in the original trilogy. But with Glover’s jam-packed schedule, it seems like the project is facing some pretty significant delays. For now, Lando remains in development, but it’s hard to say when the show will actually begin production.