Star Wars fans gathered in London on Friday to celebrate all things intergalactic, and came away with a ton of news to show for it.
Fans learned that three new Star Wars feature films are in the works from James Mangold, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Dave Filoni. Daisy Ridley will reprise her role as Rey in the Obaid-Chinoy film, which explores what happened after the events of 2019’s Rise of Skywalker as Rey works to rebuild the Jedi Order.
Mangold will travel back in time to look at the Jedi’s origins, while Filoni – who created and executive produced animated series Clone Wars and Rebels and works with Jon Favreau on The Mandalorian – will focus on the New Republic as he directs his first-ever live-action feature film.
But even more is happening on the TV side for the Star Wars universe. Disney revealed that upcoming new series, Ahsoka, starring Rosario Dawson, will debut in August and released a teaser trailer. Also starring in Ahsoka is Lars Mikkelsen as the series’ villain, Grand Admiral Thrawn, a role he voiced in Star Wars Rebels. Also starring are Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka’s former Jedi Master. Natasha Liu Bordizzo will portray Mandalorian Sabine Wren and Mary Elizabeth Winstead will play New Republic general and pilot Hera Syndulla. David Tennant (Dr. Who, Good Omens) will voice droid Huyang, reprising his role from Rebels.
Disney also showed in-house audiences first footage for season two of Andor, slated for August 2024, as well as new series The Acolyte, also scheduled for next year, and Skeleton Crew, which does not yet have a release date.
The Acolyte, which stars Amandla Stenberg and Lee Jung-jae, is set 100 years before the original prequels, during a time when Jedis ruled the galaxy and the forces of good outnumbered the forces of evil. The cast also includes Jodie Turner-Smith, Manny Jacinto (The Good Place), Dafne Keen (His Dark Materials), Rebecca Henderson, Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix franchise), Dean-Charles Chapman, Charlie Barnett and Margarita Levieva. The Acolyte is created by Leslye Headland, who co-created Russian Doll with Natasha Lyonne and Amy Poehler.
Spider-Man creator and director Jon Watts will executive produce Skeleton Crew along with David Lowery (The Green Knight), The Daniels (who just won the Best Picture Oscar for Everything Everywhere All at Once), Jake Schreier, Bryce Dallas Howard and Lee Isaac Chung. Howard and Chung are frequent directors of other Star Wars series, including The Mandalorian.
Finally, in non-Star Wars news, Disney dropped the official trailer for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. Harrison Ford reprises the title role, while Phoebe Waller-Bridge plays his goddaughter, Helena Shaw. The movie will premiere May 8 at the Cannes Film Festival before opening in theaters this summer.
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