Star Wars TV shows: every upcoming Disney+ Star Wars series, from Lando Calrissian to Skeleton Crew
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The Mandalorian 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 Star Wars: Visions to Andor Series 2 to the recently announced Skeleton Crew.
Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures
What’s it about? Young Jedi Padawans study the ways of the Force under Yoda's tutelage, learning the skills they need to become a Jedi as they explore the galaxy and help citizens in need.
Who’s involved? Michael Olson (Puppy Dog Pals) is showrunner and executive producer, alongside Elliot M. Bour (Elena of Avalor) as supervising director and co-producer
When is it being released? Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures is being released on Thursday 4 May 2023. A further four episodes will be released on Disney+ weekly during August.
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 and Ema Esfandi (King Richard) will play Ezra Bridger. Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Fargo) will appear as Hera Syndulla alongside Lars Mikkelsen (Sherlock) as Thrawn, and Dawson has implied 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? Wednesday 23 August 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. As was long-rumoured before being officially confirmed by Lucasfilm, the series will star Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games, The Hate U Give) and Lee Jung-jae (Squid Game). They’re set to be joined by Jodie Turner-Smith (Anne Boleyn), Charlie Barnett (Russian Doll), and Manny Jacinto (The Good Place), though little is known about any of their characters. We do know however Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) will play a Jedi, and Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca in the recent Star Wars movies) will play a Wookie Jedi called Kelnacca.
When is it expected to release? The Acolyte is set to be released at some point in 2024.
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, seemingly as a benevolent Jedi though almost certainly as a villainous Sith. 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. Daniels Kwan and Scheinert of Everything Everywhere All At Once and David Lowery of The Green Knight will helm episodes too, as will Jake Schrier (Paper Towns, currently working on Marvels Thunderbolts).
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 (if not postponed to 2024).
Andor Season 2
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. Series 1 followed Cassian Andor across a year in his life as he was first radicalised against the Empire; Series 2 will chart the final four years of his life, showing how a relative nobody was eventually entrusted with the Rebellion’s most important mission.
Who’s involved? Diego Luna and Tony Gilroy are both returning, of course, but S2 will have three new directors attached: Ariel Kleiman (Yellowjackets), Janus Metz (True Detective, ZeroZeroZero), and Alonso Ruizpalacios (A Cop Movie).
When is it expected to release? According to showrunner Tony Gilroy, Andor S2 - assuming production and post-production unfold on broadly the same schedule as they did on Andor S1 - is likely to arrive in late summer/early Autumn 2024. Due to the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA Strike, though, production on Andor will likely experience delays until the AMPTP offer a fairer deal.
The Mandalorian Season 4
What’s it about? The continuing adventures of the Mandalorian Din Djarin and his adopted child Baby Yoda (I refuse to call him Grogu).
Who’s involved? Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones, The Last of Us) plays the Mandalorian, with Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) anticipated to reappear as fellow Mandalorian Bo Katan too. Jon Favreau continues as executive producer alongside Dave Filoni.
When is it expected to release? Hard to say! There's been no official indication either way, but the nearly two-year gap between Series 2 of The Mandalorian in 2021 and Series 3 in 2023 suggests it could be a while if it continues at the same pace (particularly given the ongoing WGA strike).
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, was 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. As of July 2023, Simien is understood to have left the project.
When is it expected to release? Kathleen Kennedy recently said that there was “no movement” on starting production, saying that LucasFilm were waiting for Glover to be ready. In July 2023, Variety reported that Donald Glover had signed on to develop the series alongside his brother and writing partner Stephen, though quotes from Donald Glover did not indicate he considered it a particular priority.
Star Wars Visions Season 3
What’s it about? Star Wars: Visions is an animated anthology, taking a more expressive and interpretive approach to the galaxy far, far away.
Who’s involved? While the first series was produced exclusively by anime heavyweights like Studio Trigger, Science SARU, and Kinema Citrus, Season 2 was broader in scope, with contributions from animation studios across the world - including El Guiri (Spain), Cartoon Saloon (Ireland), Punkrobot (Chile), Aardman (United Kingdom), Studio Mir (South Korea) Studio La Cachette (France), 88 Pictures (India), D'ART Shtajio (Japan), and Triggerfish (South Africa).
When is it being released? A third series of Star Wars: Visions is currently rumoured to be in development.
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.