Confirmed in a Vanity Fair deep-dive released May 17, 2022, Disney has upped its demands on the Star Wars franchise, expecting three separate Star Wars shows to debut on Disney Plus within a year. And that’s not all; there are several more streaming Star Wars series in the works, including The Acolyte, set a century before the Skywalker era, and an unknown project from Spider-Man: No Way Home director Jon Watts, codenamed “Grammar Rodeo.”
First up is Ewan McGregor‘s return as Jedi Master in Obi-Wan Kenobi, debuting May 27, 2022, followed by Diego Luna‘s spy saga Andor, arriving late this summer. Next is The Mandalorian‘s Season 3, coming in late 2022 or early 2023 to round out this year’s Star Wars saga. Confirmed for 2023 is the Rosario Dawson-helmed series Ahsoka, in which the Luke Cage actress will reprise the role of Ahsoka “Snips” Tano, the former Jedi apprentice to Anakin Skywalker.
The Vanity Fair article also dropped some other tantalizing hints about what to expect for the upcoming series. Read on!
Mary Elizabeth Winstead Is in Ahsoka
Although there have been rumors that Mary Elizabeth Winstead would appear in Ahoska, Lucasfilm had yet to confirm the actress’s casting in the series. In the Vanity Fair interview, Winstead’s hubby, McGregor, beat Lucasfilm to the galactic punch.
He told the outlet, “My partner, Mary, is doing that Star Wars series with Rosario, and she’s about to start.”
Andor Explores Cassian’s Self-Sacrifice
Luna describes Andor as a refugee story, with the series beginning after Andor’s birth world is destroyed and following him into adulthood. “It’s the journey of a migrant,” Luna says. “That feeling of having to move is behind this story, very profoundly and very strong. That shapes you as a person. It defines you in many ways and what you are willing to do.”
The series will also focus on the Rebel leader Mon Mothma, played by Genevieve O’Reilly, who also portrayed the character as a young senator in Revenge of the Sith, then reprised the role in Rogue One. In Andor, Mothma’s story will run parallel to the title character, who eventually becomes one of her agents. “It is a huge, orchestral, Dickensian ensemble cast.”
The Acolyte Is Casting
The new series from Russian Doll co-creator Leslye Headland, The Acolyte, is reportedly starring Amandla Stenberg. It aims to introduce a whole new cast of characters to Star Wars. The mystery thriller is set about 100 years before Episode I: The Phantom Menace and will ask such questions as, “How did we get to a point where a Sith lord can infiltrate the Senate and none of the Jedi pick up on it? Like, what went wrong?”
Spider-Man: No Way Home director Jon Watts and Spider-Man: Homecoming writer Chris Ford are helming another Star Wars project under the production’s codename “Grammar Rodeo,” a tongue-in-cheek nod to The Simpsons. Although little is known about the plot, like The Mandalorian, it will take place during the post-Return of the Jedi reconstruction era. Casting is already underway for the series being described inside Lucasfilm as “a galactic version of classic Amblin coming-of-age adventure films of the ’80s.”
The BIG Star Wars news drop comes ahead of Obi-Wan Kenobi‘s Disney Plus premiere on Friday, May 27, 2022 (to be followed by weekly Wednesday releases).
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