TONS of Star wars news is popping from Star Wars Celebration in London. Most notably was the announcement of new Star wars movies. With recent movie project cancellations, delays and the clear focus on serialized Disney+ content, the franchise’s theatrical future has been very much in question lately. It seemed to many of us that there would be a lengthy pause in new movie releases after the conclusion of the most recent trilogy. So, apparently that isn’t the case. Here is a rundown of what has been announced in London this week….
Lucasfilm has announced three new “Star Wars” movies, with Dave Filoni and James Mangold directing two and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy directing the third. Mangold’s film will take audiences back to the birth of the Jedi, exploring the origins of the force and the first Jedi. Meanwhile, Filoni’s project will focus on the New Republic and close out the stories of series including “The Mandalorian,” “The Book of Boba Fett,” and “Ahsoka.” Obaid-Chinoy’s untitled film will be set after the events of “Rise of Skywalker” and will see Daisy Ridley’s Rey building a new Jedi Order. Steven Knight, known for “Peaky Blinders” and “Spencer,” will write the script for Obaid-Chinoy’s film.
Mangold, whose most recent films include “Logan” and “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,” said that he sees “an opening to make kind of a ‘Ben-Hur’ or ‘The 10 Commandments’ about the birth of the force.” Filoni, best known for “The Mandalorian,” Star Wars: Rebels” and “The Clone Wars” said that the singular thread weaving the stories together is the coming conflict, as the remnant Empire continues to undermine the new Republic. Obaid-Chinoy’s film marks several milestones for the franchise as she is the first woman and first person of color to direct a “Star Wars” movie.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy made the announcement at London’s Star Wars Celebration, where fans were expecting the announcement of a single film and were pleasantly surprised by the reveal of three projects. No release dates have been announced yet.
In addition to all of this news, we also have a few other Star Wars offerings coming to Disney+ in the near future. This includes the new series Young Jedi Adventures (April 2023), Visions (May 2023), Skeleton Crew (TBD 2023), The Acolyte (TBD 2024), Ahsoka (August 2023) and season 2 of Andor (August 2024).
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