Marvel wasn't the only one with a lot of news at Disney's investors day although for Star Wars it's more like finally doing what they hoped to do with the franchise when they bought Lucasfilm.
First up, it's officially been confirmed, after much speculation, that Hayden Christensen will indeed reprise the role of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader for the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi limited series. Set a decade after the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, the series is just entering production. One series that is in production is Andor, which will see the return of Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, a role he first played in the film Rogue One. And a sizzle reel has been released today for that show which you can check out below:
In addition, a sizzle reel has been released for the animated series Star Wars: The Bad Batch, focusing on the titular clone squadron after the events of the popular series Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
Following that, several new shows have been announced. It comes as no surprise one is that focusing on Rosario Dawson's live-action iteration of Ahsoka Tano who recently made her debut, to much acclaim, in the second season of The Mandalorian. Titled Ahsoka, Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau (The creator of The Mandalorian) will oversee this show AND an unspecified original series titled Rangers of the New Republic, though nothing is known on that series.
Following up that, Justin Simien (Dear White People) has been announced to be in early development of a solo series focused on Lando Calrissian, simply titled Lando. It was not confirmed whether Danny Glover will reprise the role (After playing him in the film Solo). Russian Doll creator Leslye Headland will also be heading a new mystery-thriller series titled The Acolyte which has been said to, in their words, “take viewers into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark-side powers in the final days of the High Republic era.”
Some more playful, animated shows were also announced. One interesting one was Star Wars: Visions which will be an original series of animated short films set in the Star Wars universe...but under the direction of the world’s best Japanese anime creators. That series is expected to land in 2021. The final show announced was A Droid Story, that will go directly to Disney+ and focus on a new hero guided by R2-D2 and C-3PO”.
On the film side, a sole project was announced and a bit of a shocker as it sees a DC director crossing over to Disney. It's been confirmed that Wonder Woman filmmaker Patty Jenkins will helm Rogue Squadron. She announced this herself in a video on her Twitter which you can see below:
The film, set to be released on Christmas Day in 2023, will focus on the fighter pilots made famous in the Star Wars films. While it was previously announced that Taika Waititi will also helm a Star Wars film, he is currently focused on Thor: Love and Thunder and thus her film will be released first.
The galaxy far, far away just got a lot bigger. Stay tuned!