The Rise of Skywalker will be the last Star Wars feature film from Disney until at least late 2022. However, fans of the sci-fi/fantasy franchise will still get plenty of new live-action content over the next few years. That’s because there are a ton of upcoming Disney Plus Star Wars shows in the works.
The streaming service is already the home to most of the feature films, and it will have all of them by mid-2020. However, Disney Plus struck it big with the release of its hit Star Wars TV spin-off The Mandalorian in November. Now, as Disney Plus launches in part of Europe this week, even more people will be able to officially watch The Mandalorian and his lovable companion, “the child.” They will also be able to watch the all-new seventh and final season of the acclaimed animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
But what lies ahead for Disney Plus Star Wars shows? Let’s use the Force (or rather, previous announcements from Disney) to see into the future and get the info on the service’s plans for perhaps the biggest pop culture franchise of all time.
The Mandalorian season 2 (October 2020)
Even before the first season dropped on Disney Plus, plans were afoot for season 2 of The Mandalorian. It’s certainly the biggest of the upcoming Disney Plus Star Wars shows. Pedro Pascal will return as the (most of the time) helmet-covered bounty hunter. It’s more than likely that “the child” (aka Baby Yoda) will still be by Mando’s side. Season 2 will hopefully let us find out more about the child and why everyone in the Star Wars universe wants to get him.
Ahsoka comes to live-action
While most of the storyline for season 2 is still a secret, one major element has leaked out. Variety reported that Rosario Dawson has been cast in the role of Ahsoka Tano. Ahsoka was, and still is one of the biggest characters in The Clone Wars animated series. The former Padawan apprentice of Anakin Skywalker has also appeared in the Star Wars: Rebels animated series. This will be the character’s first appearance in a Star Wars live-action project. It’s likely not a coincidence that Dave Filoni, the main director of The Clone Wars and the creator of Rebels, is also an executive producer, director, and writer on The Mandalorian.
Rosario Dawson might look the part, but her voice likely won’t match up to the Ahsoka Tano we’ve known on the animated series. Ahsoka has been voiced by Ashley Eckstein since the character’s debut in The Clone Wars animated movie back in 2007. Will Dawson voice Ahsoka to the best of her abilities? Will Eckstein voice Ahsoka over Dawson’s live-action role à la Sam Witwer and Ray Park as Maul in 2018’s Solo: A Star Wars Story? Unfortunately nothing has been confirmed yet.
More info on season 2
If you have seen The Mandalorian season 1 finale (spoiler alert), you saw Imperial governor Moff Gideon cut himself out of his wrecked TIE fighter. However, he used a different kind of lightsaber that emitted a black blade with a white border. Gideon was using the Darksaber, which first appeared in The Clone Wars animated show as a weapon held in high regard by the Mandalorian people. Why does Moff Gideon have it if he’s not a Mandalorian? That will hopefully be explained in season 2.
Also, Gina Carano has confirmed she will return to the series, playing the ex-Rebel forces soldier (and now mercenary) Cara Dune.
Filoni will direct at least one episode of The Mandalorian season 2, as will the show’s creator Jon Favreau. In addition, Carl Weathers, who played Mando’s bounty hunter guild leader Greef Kreega in the first season, will direct an episode for the second season. In fact, the second season has already been filmed and, barring some coronavirus-based delay, The Mandalorian will return with new episodes on Disney Plus in October 2020.
Disney Star Wars Shows: Mandalorian spin-offs?
The success of The Mandalorian has apparently caused Disney to think about additional Disney Plus Star Wars shows that could be spun off from this hit series. In February 2020, Variety reported that then-Disney CEO Bob Iger stated that the company is looking to add more new characters to the show. If popular, these characters could become stars of their own series. No specifics have been mentioned.
Disney Star Wars shows: Untitled Rogue One prequel series (2021)
Another one of the big Disney Plus Star Wars shows in the works will focus on two of the most memorable characters in the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Actor Diego Luna will star in the series, reprising his role as Rebel officer Cassian Andor. The other returning character is K-2SO, the former Imperial droid that’s now programmed to work with the Rebellion. Actor Alan Tudyk will again provide the voice and motion capture acting for the role.
The plot of the series is unknown at this point. The only thing we do know is that it takes place well before the events of Rogue One (for obvious reasons) and it will be a “rousing spy thriller.” Assuming no delays due to the coronavirus threat, filming for the series should begin later this year, for a 2021 drop date on Disney Plus.
Disney Star Wars Shows: Untitled Obi-Wan series (2021)
The other big new entry in the Disney Plus Star Wars shows is the untitled Obi-Wan series. Yes, Ewan McGregor, who played the role of the Jedi in the Star Wars prequel films, is slated to return to play Obi-Wan (Ben) Kenobi. Again not much is known about this series yet, other than it takes place sometime between the events of the films Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Deborah Chow, who directed two episodes of The Mandalorian during its first season, will reportedly direct all six episodes of the Obi-Wan show.
While filming was expected to begin in mid-2020, production has now been delayed until early 2021. It may not appear on Disney Plus until late 2021. Keep in mind this one is still mostly rumor, though there is early evidence to suggest it will happen.
Jedi Temple Challenge (2020)
One upcoming Disney Plus Star Wars show is not a live-action drama or a cartoon series. It’s a kids-themed game show. Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge will pit young people against each other. They will have to face what is described as “thrilling and fun obstacles” in locations like a forest planet, a Jedi star cruiser, and inside a Jedi temple. Ahmed Best, who played Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars prequel films, will host this series, which will debut sometime in 2020.
That’s a look at all the Disney Plus Star Wars shows coming in the next couple of years. Which one are you looking forward to checking out?