Rumored Star Wars TV Shows On Disney Plus
Ever since the announcement of Disney's streaming service dropped, the rumor mills have been swirling about what original shows and movies would appear on there - specifically with regard to the Marvel and Star Wars brands. So far, it seems as if only dead Marvel characters are getting Disney Plus shows, but the same thing doesn't apply to Star Wars. From the three Star Wars TV shows that have been confirmed, one of them is an extension of a previously-canceled series while another is a prequel to a blockbuster movie. At the moment, The Mandalorian is currently the only original live-action TV show from Star Wars and Marvel. But those three projects could be the first among many more, as there are several other Star Wars TV shows rumored to be in development. It truly seems that the possibilities are endless.
At the moment, there are two Star Wars characters that consistently come up in rumors: Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac). Both characters will soon appear in Star Wars: Episode IX as key pieces to the Resistance and their fight against the First Order. And it looks like Finn and Poe team-up with Chewbacca in Star Wars: Episode IX - following their last mission together in Star Wars: The Last Jedi - and possibly for the last time, as the upcoming film marks the end of the Skywalker saga. Assuming Finn and Poe make it out of Star Wars: Episode IX alive, fans would be eager to follow their lives after the events of the film in a sequel series.
Even if the threat of the First Order no longer exists, another danger will assuredly rise. Seeing Finn and Poe team up for another adventure would be a treat for fans considering the chemistry between Boyega and Isaac. Then again, it's always possible that Lucasfilm could continue their story in a prequel series, seeing as Star Wars: Episode IX takes place one year after Star Wars: The Last Jedi; a lot could've happened in that time.
Another set of names that have recently come up in rumors are Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke) and young Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), who both made their Star Wars franchise debuts in Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story, which took place in between the prequel and original Star Wars trilogies. Considering the sequel story Solo was setting up, there are plenty of options for those two characters on the table. Interestingly, Glover has already expressed interest in exploring Lando's young life - as a movie, though, but perhaps he'd be fine with a TV show; Glover already made his name on television, starring in Community and Atlanta. Plus, Clarke would be available for another major series following the conclusion of Game of Thrones this year.
Qi'ra is undoubtedly a complex character that could benefit from a sequel series as her appearance in Solo: A Star Wars Story revealed her alliance with Darth Maul. Other than that, not much is known about her path following the film. Lando, on the other hand, is a much more prevalent character in the galaxy but there is a ton of story left to be told before his appearance in The Empire Strikes Back. Both characters, not to mention Alden Ehrenreich's Han Solo, could certainly continue to tell their stories on the small screen, which would be more financially viable for Disney and Lucasfilm considering the fact that Solo: A Star Wars Story's box office success was technically the franchise's first misfire - and that's certainly not a good thing.
Another Star Wars TV show rumored for Disney Plus is one centered on Obi-Wan Kenobi. An Obi-Wan spinoff movie reportedly entered development in 2017 with director Stephen Daldry penning the story. Unfortunately, due to Solo underperforming, Disney seems to have halted development on all spinoff movies, including Obi-Wan. However, there's hope that Ewan McGregor may still reprise his role as Obi-Wan in a six-episode limited Star Wars series on Disney Plus. A limited series would be feasible considering it's a one-and-done deal.
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019