Ahsoka, Lando and Mandalorian spin-off lead new Star Wars Disney+ series
James R | On 11, Dec 2020
Disney+ is doubling down on its Star Wars line-up with a host of new projects announced at last night’s Disney Investor Day.
The Mandalorian has become a flagship project for the subscription streaming service and, while there was talk recently of a slowdown in the amount of Star Wars titles being produced, the growth and success of Disney+ has perhaps led to other ideas, with a host of new shows given the green light.
After making her long awaited live-action debut in The Mandalorian, Ahsoka Tano’s story, written by Dave Filoni, will continue in a limited series titled Ahsoka, starring Rosario Dawson and executive produced by Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau.
Another The Mandalorian spin-off, Rangers of the New Republic, is also on the way. Set within the timeline of The Mandalorian, the live-action series from executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni will intersect with future stories and culminate into a climactic story event.
They will be joined by the long-rumoured solo outing for Lando Calrissian. Lando will see everyone’s favorite scoundrel return in an event series for Disney+. Justin Simien, creator of the critically-acclaimed Dear White People and a huge Star Wars fan, is developing the story.
Also confirmed is a new Star Wars series from Leslye Headland, creator of Netflix’s Russian Doll. The Acolyte is a mystery-thriller that will take the audience into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark side powers in the final days of the High Republic era.
Also on the way is Star Wars: Visions, a series of animated short films celebrating Star Wars through the lens of the world’s best anime creators. Presenting new, creative takes on the galaxy far, far away, the anthology collection will bring 10 fantastic visions from several of the leading Japanese anime studios, offering a fresh and diverse cultural perspective to Star Wars.
As Lucasfilm continues to develop new stories, the intersection of animation and visual effects offers new opportunities to explore. Lucasfilm Animation will be teaming up with Lucasfilm’s visual effects team, Industrial Light & Magic, to develop a special Star Wars adventure for Disney+ called A Droid Story. This epic journey will introduce us to a new hero, guided by R2-D2 and C-3PO.
They will join the already confirmed Rogue One spin-off following Cassian Andor and the much-anticipated Obi-Wan Kenobi series, plus The Bad Batch, another spin-off from The Mandalorian.