Andor is just one in a long line of planned Star Wars series, though, with Disney+ planning an ambitious slate of programmes over the next couple of years.
Here’s everything you need to know about every upcoming Star Wars television series, from Obi-Wan Kenobi to Andor to the recently announced Skeleton Crew.
What’s it about?Obi-Wan, in hiding on Tattooine and watching over the young Luke Skywalker, is drawn out of his self-imposed exile into a new conflict with Darth Vader.
Who’s involved? Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting) reprises his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi, while Hayden Christensen (Little Italy) plays Darth Vader alongside Moses Ingram’s (The Queen’s Gambit) Sith Inquisitor. Deborah Chow (Mr Robot, The Mandalorian) directs.
When is it expected to release? Imminently! The first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi will release on Disney+ on Friday 27 May, with the remaining four released weekly after that.
What’s it about? A prequel to Rogue One, Andor is about the early days of the Rebellion as the Galactic Empire first took hold. Star Diego Luna has described the series as “the journey of a migrant”, while writer Tony Gilroy explained it will focus on Cassian Andor’s home planet being colonised by the Empire.
Who’s involved? Diego Luna (Narcos: Mexico), Alan Tudyk (Firefly), and Forest Whittaker reprise their Rogue One characters Cassian Andor, K2SO, and Saw Gerara. They’re joined by Stellan Skarsgård (Mamma Mia, Dune), Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve), and Kyle Soller (You, Me, and the Apocalypse). Tony Gilroy (Bourne) writes, while Toby Haynes (Doctor Who), Ben Caron (Sherlock), and Susanna White (Trust) direct.
Is there a trailer? Yes, there is - you can take a look right here.
When is it expected to release? Andor will stream on Disney+ from Wednesday 31 August 2022. The first series will be 12 episodes, and a second series is confirmed to be in development currently.
Tales of the Jedi
What’s it about? An animated series that unfolds along two paths: one traces the life of Ahsoka Tano, and the other charts the rise and fall of a young Count Dooku.
Who’s involved? A number of different actors appear as different Jedi here, from both previous cartoons (Ashley Eckstein reprises her role as Ahsoka) and the films (Liam Neeson will appear as Qui-Gonn Jinn). The creative team from The Clone Wars, Rebels, and the first series of The Bad Batch remains intact, with Dave Filoni spearheading this show too.
When is it expected to release? “Fall 2022”, so probably late October/early November once Andor has finished its run.
The Bad Batch Season 2
What’s it about? The Bad Batch is an animated series about a ‘bad batch’ of Clone Troopers, doing work-for-hire in the early days of the Galactic Empire – think Star Wars does The A Team.
Who’s involved? The creative team from The Clone Wars, Rebels, and the first series of The Bad Batch remains intact, with Dave Filoni spearheading this show too. Dee Bradley Baker returns to play each member of The Bad Batch - and any other Clone Troopers they might encounter along the way...
Is there a trailer? Yes, there is - you can see it right here.
When is it expected to release? It’s been announced that the series will arrive in “Fall 2023”, so likely some time around late September or early October.
The Mandalorian Season 3
What’s it about? The continuing adventures of the Mandalorian Din Djarin, reunited with his adopted child Baby Yoda (I refuse to call him Grogu) during The Book of Boba Fett.
Who’s involved? Pedro Pascal (The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent) plays the Mandalorian, with Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul) anticipated to reappear as the villainous Moff Gideon too. Jon Favreau continues as executive producer.
When is it expected to release? A February 2023 release window was confirmed at the 2022 Star Wars Celebration at the end of May.
Star Wars: Visions Season 2
What’s it about? Star Wars: Visions is an anime anthology, produced by Japanese animation studios. It’s the most critically acclaimed piece of Star Wars television so far.
Who’s involved? While the first series was produced exclusively by anime heavyweights like Studio Trigger, Science SARU, and Kinema Citrus, Season 2 will broaden in scope, with contributions from animation studios in Chile, the United Kingdom, France, South Africa, South Korea, India, Ireland, and Spain.
When is it expected to release? It was announced that the series would arrive in “Spring 2023”, which means it’ll likely arrive as The Mandalorian Season 3 is winding down.
What’s it about? Ahsoka Tano – a former Jedi Apprentice – has hinted at a search to find a missing Imperial Grand Admiral in her guest appearances on The Mandalorian, so it’s assumed that her series will be devoted to this search. It’s a continuation of a story from animated series Star Wars: Rebels, which saw Admiral Thrawn and Ahsoka’s friend Ezra disappear in a cliffhanger ending.
Who’s involved? Rosario Dawson (Daredevil) plays Ahsoka Tano in live-action, while Natasha Liu Bordizzo (The Society) will play Sabine Wren. Ewan McGregor recently confirmed that his partner Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Fargo) will appear in some capacity, and Dawson has hinted that Hayden Christensen will appear as Darth Vader. The series is being overseen by Dave Filoni, who works on a number of Star Wars series.
When is it expected to release? At some point in 2023.
What’s it about? A “mystery thriller” set in the Renaissance era of the Galactic Republic, a hundred years before the events of The Phantom Menace, The Acolyte is a series that asks how the Sith managed to infiltrate the Senate without being noticed by the Jedi.
Who’s involved? Leslye Headland (co-creator of Russian Doll) is showrunning The Acolyte. No casting has been officially confirmed by Lucasfilm, but industry reports have suggested that Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games, The Hate U Give) will star.
When is it expected to release? There’s no official release date for The Acolyte yet, but it’s likely to be either late 2023 or early 2024.
What’s it about? A series focused on Lando Calrissian, Han Solo’s friend and rival from the original trilogy.
Who’s involved? Justin Simien, creator of Netflix’s Dear White People, is developing Lando as a miniseries. It’s unclear though if Donald Glover or Billy Dee Williams will appear in the series; in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Glover was non-committal about the series, suggesting it was one of several projects he may be working on.
When is it expected to release? Kathleen Kennedy recently said that there was “no movement” on the series, and that Lucasfilm were “patiently waiting” for Donald Glover to become available.
What’s it about? The Star Wars series we know the least about, Skeleton Crew was recently described in a Vanity Fair article as “a galactic version of classic Amblin coming-of-age adventure films of the ’80s”. A casting call has been put out for four children, around 11 to 12 years old. The working title Grammar Rodeo was a reference to a Simpsons episode in which Bart and friends steal a car and run away for a week.
Who’s involved? Jude Law (Gattaca, The Young Pope) will star in Skeleton Crew, though we don’t know in what capacity. Jon Watts – director of Marvel’s three Spider-Man movies with Tom Holland – is attached to develop Grammar Rodeo. Chris Ford, Watts’ co-writer on the Spider-Man movies, is also attached.
When is it expected to release? 2023 is all we know so far, though it’s presumably going to be in the latter part of the year.
The Book of Boba Fett Season 2
The Book of Boba Fett drew to a close on Disney+ early this year, to generally mixed-at-best reviews. While the finale hinted towards a possible second season, there’s been no official confirmation of a new season just yet.
Given that The Book of Boba Fett seemed to get bored of being about Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) and switched focus to Pedro Pascal’s Mandalorian towards the end, it’s possible we won’t see Boba Fett return in his own series, but recur throughout other Star Wars series as a guest star.
Rangers of the New Republic
First announced in December 2020, Rangers of the New Republic was developed as a spinoff of The Mandalorian, and it was expected that Gina Carano would reprise her Mandalorian role as Cara Dune.
In February 2021, Carano, a transphobic Trump supporter and antivaxxer, shared an Instagram post comparing criticism of her political views to the Holocaust; Disney subsequently severed ties with the actor, and in November 2021 revealed that the Rangers of the New Republic series had been abandoned.