Star Wars Celebration 2023 kicked off in London on Friday with a slew of big announcements at the Lucasfilm Studio Showcase, including the reveal of three Star Wars movies currently in development. After a short break, Disney is bringing Star Wars back to theaters, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Lucasfilm also shared news about Ahsoka, The Acolyte, Skeleton Crew, and more, all of which we’ll tell you about below.
Updated on April 10 following more announcements.
Three new Star Wars movies
As noted above, Lucasfilm revealed that three Star Wars movies are in the works. The three directors helming the new movies are James Mangold (Logan, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny), Dave Filoni (The Mandalorian), and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Ms. Marvel).
Mangold’s movie will take place 25,000 years before all of the previous movies and shows, exploring the origins of the Jedi. Filoni’s movie will “close out” all of the interconnected Disney Plus series, tying up the stories of The Mandalorian, Ahsoka, and The Book of Boba Fett. And finally, Obaid-Chinoy’s film will be set 15 years after the events of The Rise of Skywalker and will see Rey (Daisy Ridley) attempt to build a new Jedi Order.
Ahsoka trailer and release date
We won’t have to wait long for more Star Wars after The Mandalorian finishes its third season later this month. Lucasfilm revealed the first trailer for Ahsoka on Friday and announced that the series will premiere on Disney Plus in August.
Rosario Dawson reprises the role of the former Jedi Ahsoka Tano, a character that debuted in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. She will be joined by Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo), Hera Syndulla (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and Chopper, all of whom fans of Star Wars Rebels and The Bad Batch are sure to recognize. We also get a glimpse of Grand Admiral Thrawn, who appears to be the main threat of the series and the target of Ahsoka.
Skeleton Crew is on track for 2023
The hits just keep on coming, as Lucasfilm confirmed that Skeleton Crew is launching in 2023. The show follows a group of kids (played by Ravi Cabot-Conyers, Kyriana Kratter, and Robert Timothy Smith) lost in the galaxy, trying to find their way home.
Jude Law (Fantastic Beasts) and Kerry Condon (The Banshees of Inisherin) star in the series created by Jon Watts (Spider-Man: Far From Home). Directors include Watts, David Lowery, the Daniels, Jake Schreier, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Lee Isaac Chung.
The Acolyte is coming in 2024
Originally announced in 2020, Lucasfilm has described The Acolyte as “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.” Leslye Headland (Russian Doll) is heading up the series, which we now know is coming to Disney Plus in 2024.
Andor season 2 is deep in production
Andor‘s first season was the best that Star Wars has been in decades, and I hope Tony Gilroy and Co. take their time making the second season just as incredible. Lucasfilm reminded everyone that Andor season 2 is currently in production during its showcase on Friday, and creator Tony Gilroy also teased that it could be ready by August 2024.
How about another Indiana Jones 5 trailer?
The next Star Wars movie is probably still years away, but Lucasfilm is returning to theaters this year with Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. Amidst all the Star Wars news on Friday, the studio carved out some time to reveal the latest trailer for the sequel.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch will be back for a third and final season in 2024
Good news: The Bad Batch will be back next year for a third season! Bad news: The third season will also be the last season. The animated sequel to The Clone Wars has given fans another stirring adventure with some of their favorite characters, but as Dave Filoni gears up for his live-action movie, another one of his animated universes will be coming to an end.
Star Wars: Visions Volume 2 looks amazing
Nine more animation studios from around the world are sharing their take on the galaxy far, far away in the second season of Star Wars: Visions. You can watch the trailer above to get a sneak peek at the new shorts from the likes of 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).
Tales of the Jedi is getting a second season
There were plenty of surprises at Star Wars Celebration Europe, but no one saw this coming. Tales of the Jedi, which followed the origins of Ahsoka Tano and Count Dooku in its first season, is coming back with more shorts. “Tales of the Jedi was so fun the first time, I decided to do some more,” creator Dave Filoni said during the event.