Star Wars Celebration 2023 kicked off on Friday, April, at the ExCeL London with a handful of exciting announcements and reveals. Kathleen Kennedy spearheaded the Lucasfilm Studio Showcase, which mapped out a cinematic universe for the Star Wars franchise.
Additionally, the cast and creators from various Star Wars TV series took to the stage to tease what’s to come for their respective properties. This includes Andor (with Season 2 tidbits), Ahsoka, The Acolyte and Star Wars: Skeleton Crew.
Here’s what we know so far about these series and when they’ll premiere.
Andor Season 2
The series starring Diego Luna as the titular Cassian Andor premiered on Disney+ in September 2022 to rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. The second season is set one year after the events of Season 1, with each block of three episodes taking place over one year. So, if I’m math-ing correctly, we’ll see four years play out over 12 episodes. Cassian is officially part of the Rebellion now, and seeing as this is the final season, we’ll undoubtedly glimpse his journey up to the tragic events in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Star Wars Celebration attendees were exclusively treated to the first trailer for Season 2, so here’s hoping Lucasfilm will release it for the masses soon. Season 2 of Andor is halfway through filming, with a goal for an August wrap.
Andor stars Diego Luna, Adria Arjona, Kyle Soller, Genevieve O’Reilly, Stellan Skarsgård and Denise Gough. We can expect a premiere in August 2024.
Firstly, we all were blessed with the teaser trailer for Ahsoka and a character poster of Rosario Dawson as our fearless lead. The series will follow Ahsoka Tano after the fall of the Empire and as she explores an emerging threat to the galaxy. Based on the trailer, that threat appears to be Grand Admiral Thrawn, who we know she embarks on a search for along with Ezra Bridger.
In addition to the former Jedi knight herself, the teaser showcased Sabine Wren, Hera Syndulla, Shin Hati, Morgan Elsbeth (from The Mandalorian), Mon Mothma (from Andor) and Baylan Skoll, Ahsoka’s lightsaber-wielding adversary.
Ahsoka stars Rosario Dawson, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Eman Esfandi, Ivanna Sakhno and Ray Stevenson. Expect this miniseries to take Disney+ by storm in August 2023.
The Acolyte also treated fans at Celebration to the first teaser. Casting additions were announced, including Lee Jung-jae as a Jedi master and the return of Joonas Suotamo as a Wookiee Jedi. Showrunner Leslye Headland revealed the higher-ups described the series as a mix of “Frozen meets Kill Bill.” Interesting combo. Here’s a synopsis per Collider:
“The Acolyte is a mystery-thriller that will take viewers into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark-side powers in the final days of the High Republic era. A former Padawan reunites with her Jedi Master to investigate a series of crimes, but the forces they confront are more sinister than they ever anticipated.”
The Acolyte stars Amandla Stenberg, Jodie Turner-Smith, Dafne Keen, Manny Jacinto, Charlie Barnett, Rebecca Henderson, Dean-Charles Chapman, Margarita Levieva, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joonas Suotamo and Lee Jung-jae. The series will release sometime in 2024 on Disney+.
Star Wars: Skeleton Crew is currently in post-production, which is exciting. It’ll hone in on four kids lost in space and trying to find their way home. Here’s an official synopsis per Nerdist:
“Skeleton Crew follows the journey of four kids who make a mysterious discovery on their seemingly safe home planet, then get lost in a strange and dangerous galaxy. Finding their way home—and meeting unlikely allies and enemies—will be a greater adventure than they ever imagined.”
Creator Jon Watts notes that it’s not a kids’ show despite the presence of children. This series has accrued top-tier directors like Thanos collecting Infinity Stones. The lineup is as follows: Jon Watts, The Daniels, David Lowery, Jake Schreier, Bryce Dallas Howard and Lee Isaac Chung. We learned Kerry Condon joins the cast in an undisclosed role, while star Jude Law (who plays a Jedi) introduced his young castmates at Celebration.
Star Wars: Skeleton Crew stars Jude Law, Ravi Cabot-Conyers, Kyriana Kratter, Robert Timothy Smith and Kerry Condon. Watch the epic adventure unfold when the series hits Disney+ sometime in 2023.
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