Disney kicked off the long Memorial Day weekend with its Star Wars Celebration taking place May 26-29 for the first time since 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center. With that, came several announcements sure to get fans of Star Wars and all things Lucasfilm excited for the year to come.
This weekend will see the premiere of Disney Plus’ Obi-Wan Kenobi, starring Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen reprising their roles as the young but aging Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi (McGregor) and his padawan Anakin Skywalker (Christensen), who has now fully morphed into Darth Vader. Vader is desperately looking for his children, whom he knows are out in the galaxy somewhere but hidden by Kenobi.
Premiering August 31 is Andor, starring Diego Luna as Cassian Andor in the prequel to the film Rogue One. Disney Plus on Thursday released a teaser trailer and key art for the new Star Wars series.
Joining Luna in the series are Genevieve O’Reilly, Stellan Skarsgård, Adria Arjona, Denise Gough and Kyle Soller. Executive producers are Kathleen Kennedy, Sanne Wohlenberg, Luna and Michelle Rejwan. Tony Gilroy is the series’ creator and showrunner.
Ahsoka, starring Rosario Dawson as the Jedi who served as Anakin Skywalker’s padawan before he fell to the Dark Side, will premiere in 2023. Season three of The Mandalorian, returns in February and will follow the continued adventures of Mando (Pedro Pascal) and his charge, Grogu also known as Baby Yoda.
Disney also announced a new Star Wars series, Skeleton Crew, starring Jude Law and executive produced by the team behind The Mandalorian, including Dave Filoni, Jon Favreau, Jon Watts and writer Chris Ford. Other than the show will include four kids aged 11-12 and be an homage to kids’ adventure films of the ‘90s (think Goonies), details about the show are slim.
Outside of the Star Wars universe, Disney Plus on Thursday also released a teaser trailer for its upcoming Willow series, based on the 1988 film of the same name. Willow premieres November 30.
Also announced was that Indiana Jones 5, starring Harrison Ford again in the title role, will release in theaters next June after having originally been scheduled to debut in 2020. The film also stars Antonia Banderas, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Boyd Holbrook and Shaunette Renée Wilson.
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