The Star Wars universe will continue to expand when a new slate of shows hits the upcoming Disney Plus streaming service. The subscription service plans to compete with Netflix as the next streaming juggernaut by banking on two of Disney's biggest assets - Marvel and Star Wars - as well as mining a library of other, smaller properties.
With a handful of confirmed projects on the horizon, the future of Star Wars shows looks promising. Disney Plus gives viewers a chance to enjoy the lives of characters within the beloved franchise through a different medium. There's also the opportunity to expand on characters featured in the movie realm for live-action prequel or sequel story arcs, something that's only been done in animation form before.
With Disney Plus set to launch this fall, around the release of Star Wars: Episode IX, Star Wars fans have plenty to look forward to. Even with a number of Star Wars movies in development, Lucasfilm seems to be shifting focus with their TV presence. With that in mind, what's actually on the Star Wars slate of upcoming TV shows?
- This Page: Every Confirmed Star Wars TV Show In Development
- Page 2: Every Rumored Star Wars TV Show In Development
Last updated: February 21, 2019
Rumors for a live-action Star Wars television series greatly intensified nearly a decade ago. Then, in late 2017, news of Lucasfilm's planned TV series started to ramp up. Finally, in spring 2018, Jon Favreau announced that he would be writing and producing a live-action Star Wars TV series, later confirmed to be titled The Mandalorian. Taking place between Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Mandalorian follows an unnamed, lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy. Mandalorians are generally known for their specific armor and often work as mercenaries or bounty hunters, the most well-known being the infamous Boba Fett, but they're also legendary warriors who've fought the Jedi on numerous occasions.
Actor Pedro Pascal is playing the Mandalorian warrior traveling the edges of the galaxy after the fall of the Empire. The rest of The Mandalorian's supporting cast is made up of Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, and Werner Herzog - all appearing in currently unspecified roles. The Mandalorian also features a stellar list of directors including Dave Filoni, Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow. Currently, a premiere date for the series hasn't been set, but it's expected to debut on Disney Plus sometime in late 2019, which makes sense since The Mandalorian just recently wrapped filming.
Rogue One/Cassian Andor Prequel
Shortly after details emerged about The Mandalorian, plans for a second live-action series were announced by Disney CEO Bob Iger. The character in focus of the series will be more familiar to audiences as it follows Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's Cassian Andor. Actor Diego Luna is on board to reprise his role as the rebel spy for the Disney Plus series. The untitled Rogue One prequel will take place during Cassian's life in the early years of the Rebellion. Viewers are well aware that Cassian eventually joins Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) to steal the plans for the Death Star in the first installment of the Star Wars anthology films. The pair, along with their team of rebel fighters, are ultimately killed on Scarif but not before the plans are sent to the Rebel Alliance.
Although considered a standalone film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was an intriguing connection to prior Star Wars films; the characters Jyn and Cassian were compelling additions to the Star Wars universe. There is a lot of Cassian's story left untold by the time viewers meet him in Rogue One. The upcoming Rogue One prequel series could benefit from using the precocious spy to shed light on the early stages of the Rebellion. There is no word yet regarding who will spearhead the series, and the supporting cast has also been kept under wraps. It's expected, though, that Disney will release more details regarding the series' development in the near future, perhaps at Star Wars Celebration 2019.
The Clone Wars
Fans of the Star Wars animated series, The Clone Wars, were elated to learn that Lucasfilm intends to revive the series. The Clone Wars season 7 will consist of 12 episodes which will air exclusively on Disney Plus. The announcement was a major win for fans who never got the satisfactory ending that the series deserved. The Clone Wars was first introduced as an animated feature film in 2008. A television series was then created by George Lucas and ran for five seasons on Cartoon Network before moving to Netflix for a sixth season. The Clone Wars was heavily praised as a kid-friendly chapter of the Star Wars universe that dove deeper into various heroes and villains, and its story has transferred onto the big screen in more ways than one.
The Clone Wars takes place between Star Wars - Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars - Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, during the height of the Clone Wars. It follows well-known characters such as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Yoda while also introducing a set of new heroes to the galaxy in Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex. Count Dooku, General Grievous, and Darth Maul appeared as a few of the show's antagonists. As Ahsoka emerged as a formidable foe to the Empire, she became a captivating character within the universe. She leaves the Jedi Order at the end of season 5 but her story never received an appropriate ending. The Clone Wars season 6, referred to as "The Lost Missions," never tied up The Clone Wars' loose ends as fans had hoped. Their questions will finally be answered when The Clone Wars season 7 hits Disney Plus in the near future.
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