Disney is hitting the brakes on making new Star Wars titles, with studio chief Bob Iger recently declaring “less is more” when it comes to the franchise. But it seems that’s only true if you look at the studio’s movie plans. If you consider all the upcoming Star Wars movies and TV shows, the galaxy is beginning to look rather populous again thanks to the upcoming launch of streaming service Disney+ — a massively important company initiative that demands attention-getting new content.
Here are all the new Star Wars movies and TV shows on the way:
The Mandalorian (Nov. 12, 2019)
The first-ever live-action Star Wars drama series arrives with the launch of Disney+. The show, from Jon Favreau (The Lion King), stars Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) as a lone gunfighter in the Outer Rim and takes place three years after the events of Return of the Jedi (so after the fall of the Galactic Empire, but before the rise of the First Order). Also starring the series are Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Gina Carano (Deadpool), Nick Nolte (Cape Fear), Carl Weathers (Rocky), and Emily Swallow (The Mentalist).
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Dec. 20, 2019)
The ninth film in the episodic saga promises an epic conclusion to the story of the Skywalker family that began a long, long time ago with 1977’s A New Hope. The film also marks J.J. Abrams (The Force Awakens) returning as director. The film stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Lupita Nyong’o, along with returning original trilogy favorites Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher (via previously unreleased footage), and Billy Dee Williams, plus newcomers Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant and Keri Russell.
The Clone Wars (February 2020)
Disney+ has commissioned a 12-episode seventh-and-final season of the lavishly produced animated series from supervising director Dave Filoni, which launched on Cartoon Network in 2009 (and then moved to Netflix for season 6). At D23 Expo, EW learned Filoni will write and direct the final four episodes.
Rogue One prequel series
Announced in 2018, the series for Disney+ is centered around Diego Luna’s doomed Rebel spy Cassian Andor, introduced in 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Alan Tudyk’s lumbering, scene-stealing droid K-2SO is also in the show. The series is described as a “rousing spy thriller [that] will explore tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire” and follows Andor during the formative years of the Rebellion. Stephen Schiff (The Americans) is showrunner. At D23 Expo, Lucasfilm announced that the project starts filming in 2020.
Obi-Wan Kenobi series
The series is a go for Disney+, with Ewan McGregor getting back into those Obi-Wan Kenobi robes for a tale presumably set between the events in Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. All the scripts are written, and the series is expected to start production in 2020.
New Star Wars trilogies (Unknown)
Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss dropped out of their planned Star Wars trilogy, the first installment of which was slated for release in 2022 (the films were reportedly going to explore the origins of the Jedi and the Sith). Now the studio’s plans are seemingly up in the air.
In 2017, Disney announced that a new trilogy was being developed by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, and while that front has been rather quiet ever since, there’s nothing official to suggest that anything has changed. Meanwhile, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige was also announced earlier this year as developing a Star Wars movie.
Here’s a handy graphic of all the Star Wars projects and when they take place:
This article was originally published Aug. 23, 2019, and most recently updated Nov. 7.
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