It’s that time again: Star Wars Celebration is back, and with it comes the inevitable flood of news from a galaxy far, far away. This year’s event takes place in London, and we’re expecting news on Lucasfilm’s future movie efforts during a panel featuring its “current crop of live-action filmmakers.” There should also be some Ahsoka news, as the Disney Plus series is slated to premiere later this year. There are plenty of other Star Wars things coming up that might make an appearance as well: Jedi: Survivor, Skeleton Crew, The Acolyte, the animated anthology Visions, and more projects spanning movies, streaming, and games.
Things kick off on April 7th and will run through the weekend, ending on the 10th. Some of the event will be streamed on the official Star Wars YouTube page, but many of the key panels will not (including the really newsy ones, which mostly start before the streams begin at 8AM ET each day). So if you want to keep up with the latest, stick around right here for updates — this is the way.
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At Star Wars Celebration Europe today, Kathleen Kennedy was joined by Daisy Ridley on stage as she announced that James Mangold, Dave Filoni, and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy are all set to direct three upcoming Star Wars films due out in coming years. Though no titles or premiere dates were revealed, Kennedy shared that Mangold’s film will go “back to the dawn of the Jedi” while Filoni’s film, which focuses on the New Republic, will connect directly with streaming series like Ahsoka, The Mandalorian, and The Book of Boba Fett.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch is coming to an end. During this year’s Star Wars Celebration, Lucasfilm announced that the animated series has been renewed for a third and final season that will arrive on Disney Plus in 2024.Read Article >
The Clone Wars spinoff follows a group of experimental clone troopers, known collectively as Clone Force 99, who became fugitives after resisting the Order 66 command that brainwashed their counterparts into viewing Jedi as traitors. The show’s second season just wrapped up last month, and the fans at the Star Wars Celebration got a first look at what’s to come with an in-room teaser trailer.
There’s been quite a bit of live-action news out of this year’s Star Wars Celebration Europe event, but in case there was any doubt that Star Wars: Visions’ return is truly what we should all be looking forward to, a new season 2 trailer’s here to correct the record.Read Article >
Even though none of the nine shorts that make up Star Wars: Visions Volume 2 will be truly canonical, the heart and soul of Star Wars storytelling’s palpable in damn near every shot of the new trailer, which makes clear that the show’s next season will feature two stop-motion animated episodes. Once again, Visions seems as if it’ll put particular focus on stories about young Force sensitives first coming into their powers as well as more skilled Jedi and Sith using their powers in clever, imaginative ways we seldom see in the live-action Star Wars series and films.
Apr 8Enter Thrawn, heir to the Empire.
Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen will reprise the role of Grand Admiral Thrawn, a character he voiced in Star Wars Rebels and one of the most beloved villains in the larger Star Wars canon. Lucasfilm announced the casting news during an Ahsoka panel at Star Wars Celebration, all but confirming the bright blue Chiss officer will be the next big bad in live-action Star Wars.
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It may be called Star Wars Celebration, but at this year’s event Disney made sure to show off another one of its properties with a trailer for the next Indiana Jones film. The Dial of Destiny (yes, that is the real name) hits theaters on June 30th, but will premiere at Cannes in May.
- Meet the directors of Star Wars: Skeleton Crew.
We already knew The Daniels were set to direct an episode of Disney Plus’ Star Wars: Skeleton Crew series, but at this year’s Star Wars: Celebration (Europe) event, the rest of the directing lineup was revealed to include Jon Watts, David Lowery, Jake Schreier, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Lee Isaac Chung.
There’s going to be more Star Wars this summer. Lucasfilm confirmed today that the next live-action spinoff to hit Disney Plus will be Ahsoka, which will start streaming on Disney Plus in August 2023. The announcement was made during a panel at Star Wars Celebration 2023. We also got a first look at the show via a teaser trailer.Read Article >
Ahsoka, the character, made her first live-action appearance in season 2 of The Mandalorian after originally being introduced in the animated shows. She’s played by Rosario Dawson, who will be reprising her role for the new series. We already knew the show would debut this year, as it’s part of a pretty-packed slate for Disney Plus in 2023.
The next live-action Star Wars series is coming next year. While it doesn’t have a specific premiere date just yet, at the Star Wars Celebration event in London, Lucasfilm confirmed that The Acolyte will premiere on Disney Plus in 2024.Read Article >
The Acolyte is a show focused on the dark side of the Force, with a cast led by Amandla Stenberg. It also features a handful of other big names like The Matrix star Carrie-Anne Moss and Squid Game’s Lee Jung-jae. The rest of the cast includes Manny Jacinto, Dafne Keen, Jodie Turner-Smith, Rebecca Henderson, Charlie Barnett, and Dean-Charles Chapman. Leslye Headland, the co-creator of Netflix’s Russian Doll, is serving as showrunner, director, and executive producer. The series was first announced in 2020.