Lucasfilm Slate- Rogue Squadron, Ahsoka, Indiana Jones, and Many More

The Bad Batch

The Bad Batch, an elite and experimental group of Clone Troopers navigating their way through the ever-changing galaxy following the Clone Wars, was introduced during season 7 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Now we get our first glimpse of their series, the animation of which looks to be on par with the final four episodes of The Clone Wars that had a very cinematic scope to them.

The trailer reveals that Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) from The Mandalorian will have a role in the series, given the distinct mask on her outfit. No word on if Ming-Na Wen will reprise her role in voice-over, but it is safe to assume given her good working relationship with Disney.

Because these clones are so different from other troopers, many fans are speculating they break away from and go up against the Empire. Perhaps taking on missions as mercenaries in the galaxy’s underbelly while the Empire truly takes power. This also might be our first glimpse of how Clone Troopers become phased out in favor of Stormtroopers. What happened to all those Clone Troopers? This show could provide the answers.

Visions

One of the most interesting announcements is Star Wars Visions, described as an anime anthology series with some of the most talented Japanese artists. Each episode will be its own little short film set within the Star Wars universe. The series will hit Disney+ sometime in 2021 and will help expand the reach of Star Wars. It can get fans of anime who aren’t into Star Wars a point of entry, and Star Wars fans who may not know much about anime a medium in which to explore that art style.

Lando

Dear White People’s Justin Simien is at the helm of a Lando series, which is being described as an event series. No word on if it will be Billy Dee Williams or Donald Glover in the role, or maybe it could be both: Billy Dee Williams in the present timeline narrating stories of his youth with Donald Glover acting them out, similar to The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.

The Acolyte

Leslye Hedland’s project is now confirmed and described as a mystery-thriller that will show fans the shadowy secrets and emerging dark side powers during the final days of the High Republic era. Fans will first get to see the High Republic next year in a series of books and comics, the first one being Star Wars: Light of the Jedi set to hit shelves on January 5, 2021.

This is the first time a television show or film has moved outside of the Skywalker Saga timeline, so it could open up a whole bunch of new possibilities. Describing it as a mystery-thriller also opens up a whole new type of Star Wars story to tell, one fans have never quite seen done with Star Wars.

A Droid Story

Industrial Light and Magic and Lucasfilm Animation are teaming up on a new series, described as a comedic tale where we will be introduced to a new hero led by two of Star Wars’ most famous characters, C3PO and R2D2. No word yet on if this is fully animated, or a mixture of practical and CGI animation, but this does sound like a cute smaller side story that allows fans to have more adventures with two fan-favorite characters.

Willow

Willow is Lucasfilm’s first non-Star Wars related television show under Disney’s banner, but it is still within the Lucasfilm legacy. A sequel to the Ron Howard’s 1988 film of the same name, Willow sees Howard returning as an executive producer. Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) will direct the pilot episode and the showrunners for the series will be John Kasdan (Solo: A Star Wars Story) and Wendy Mericle (Arrow). Warwick Davis will return in the title role. It will arrive on Dinsey+ in 2022.

Children of Blood and Bone

The first Lucasfilm project that isn’t from the company’s past catalog, Children of Blood and Bone is an adaptation of the critically acclaimed 2018 book of the same name by author Tomi Adeyemi. This film is being made in collaboration with Disney’s other subsidiary 20th Century Pictures and will be directed by Rick Famiuywa, who is no stranger working with Lucasfilm having directed three episodes of The Mandalorian.

The story follows Zélie Adebola attempting to free her magic-using people, the maji, from suppression by the ruling class. This type of story has a major appeal and in a world where the Harry Potter franchise has lost a lot of appeal, if done right this could be the next big franchise. It is also nice to see Lucasfilm branching out to be more than just Star Wars, and more than just reviving old IP from the ’80s and ’90s. That they can be a studio to provide a voice and resources to other fresh new products.

Indiana Jones

In what is being called ‘the final Indiana Jones‘ movie, Harrison Ford will return as everyone’s favorite archaeologist. The film is set for release on July 29, 2022, and Harrison Ford will be 80 by the time the film comes out. James Mangold, director of Logan and Ford VS Ferrari, is officially at the helm. It’s the first time an Indiana Jones movie hasn’t been directed by Steven Spielberg.

No title has been confirmed, and one can imagine with it being two years away we won’t know for a while, but the film is to begin shooting next year.

Rogue Squadron

The final announcement might have been the biggest. While The Rise of Skywalker was marketed as the end of the Skywalker Saga, we all knew there would be more Star Wars films. We just weren’t sure in what form. Disney had already slated release dates for Star Wars films in 2023, 2025, and 2027 but what were they? No word on Rian Johnson’s trilogy, but Takia Waititi (who directed an episode of the Mandalorian) is confirmed to be directing a film. Yet no release date or plot was given.

What was confirmed, however, was that Patty Jenkins, the director of Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 1984, is set to helm Rogue Squadron. Jenkins is the first woman to helm a Star Wars film. Rogue Squadron is the name of a popular video game series about a group of X-Wing fighter pilots. Their status in the canon is a little dubious as of now, but we know their name is a tribute to the rebel squadron, Rogue One.

Patty Jenkins herself released a video talking about how she has always wanted to make a fighter pilot movie in honor of her dad, who sadly lost his life serving this country. She then found the perfect project in Rogue Squadron as it merged two things she loved. This was a moving story, and if the prospect of one of the most talented directors working today coming aboard the project wasn’t enough to get you excited, her sheer excitement should.

This news is even more shocking given the controversy surrounding the recent news of AT&T having all of Warner Bros. 2021 slate be released same day on HBO Max and theaters, news that has left many filmmakers unhappy with the WB. Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot were have said to be paid out for their back end deals, in an effort to keep the two happy and on board for Wonder Woman 3 (a courtesy not shown to any other talent at the studio). Yet while Patty Jenkins is still on board to direct Wonder Woman 3 and a supposed Amazons spin-off film, they certainly does raise some flags. Directors work for multiple studios all the time; James Gunn is finishing up The Suicide Squad and a Peacemaker show for Warners before going back over to Disney to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. and The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. With  a 2023 release date, Rogue Squadron may push back Wonder Woman 3 on the schedule.

The film is said to be released on Christmas of 2023, and they already had a December 22, 2023 release date saved so that appears to be when Rogue Squadron will arrive in theaters.

 

And that is all the news from Lucasfilm. Certainly, a lot to go over and look forward to watching. There will be plenty of Star Wars content on Disney+ in the coming years. They could even have it so that there is one series on through the year, similar to how CBS All Access has at least one Star Trek series on. When one finishes, another is on for you to enjoy. The goal Lucasfilm seems to be going for is something for everyone. If you like everything, that’s great. But not every piece of Star Wars media has to be for you and that is okay.

What do you think of all the news? What are you most excited to see? Let us know in the comments below.

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