Exciting Announcements Made on Day 1 of Star Wars Celebration

If you woke up bright and early this morning, you may have caught a glimpse of the Lucasfilm Studio Showcase panel at Star Wars Celebration 2023, taking place in London this year. Here are all of the major announcements made during the panel:

Andor – Season 2 to Release in 2024

Fans at the event were treated to an exclusive first look at the second season of Andor, which showrunner Tony Gilroy confirmed would likely release in August 2024. It will also be Andor‘s final season, leading into the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Diego Luna, Kyle Soller, Genevieve O’Reilly, Andy Serkis, Denise Gough, Adria Arjona, and Joplin Sibtain are set to return, with episodes directed by Ariel Kleiman, Janus Metz Pedersen, and Alonso Ruizpalacios.

The Acolyte Set to Debut in 2024

The Acolyte has a new logo and a target to release on Disney+ sometime in 2024. A trailer was also shown exclusively for attendees. Described as a hybrid of Frozen meets Kill Bill (whatever that means), the show was created by Leslye Headland and stars Amandla Sternberg, Lee Jung-jae, Manny Jacinto, Dafne Keen, Jodie Turner-Smith, Rebecca Henderson, Dean Charles Chapman, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Joonas Suotamo, the latter playing a Wookie Jedi master. Kogonada and Alex Garcia Lopez were announced to direct several episodes of the show, though Lucasfilm has not confirmed those details.

Star Wars Skeleton Crew: New Cast Announced and Directors Confirmed!

While we don’t know much about Star Wars: Skeleton Crew, Lucasfilm has confirmed its directors for the show: Jon Watts, Lee Isaac Chung, David Lowery, The Daniels, Jake Schreier, and Bryce Dallas Howard. Kerry Condon, Ravi Cabot-Conyers, Kyriana Kratter, and Timothy Smith have joined the cast. The show is set to be released in 2023, which could mean it will be released in the fall or winter season.

First Trailer and Poster of Ahsoka Release

The first poster for Ahsoka has been released. Starring Rosario Dawson, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Eman Esfandi, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, David Tennant, Hayden Christensen and Genevieve O’Reilly, Lucasfilm confirmed that the show will be released in August. Check out the poster below:

The trailer gives the first look at the Rebels sequel series: Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays Hera Syndulla, while a mysterious actor appears as Grand Admiral Thrawn! Who could it be? Watch the trailer below:

Three New Films Announced: Daisy Ridley Back as Rey in Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy-Directed Sequel to ‘The Rise of Skywalker’

Lucasfilm has also announced three new movies in the works, though they have also announced many films that never materialized since the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Here’s hoping that the three announced movies will release since they at least have three storylines that could prove interesting if handled right:

  • Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy‘s film is a sequel to The Rise of Skywalker and will see Daisy Ridley reprise her role as Rey as she seeks to rebuild a new Jedi Order. It will be set fifteen years after the events of The Rise of Skywalker.
  • Dave Filoni is set to direct a movie about the New Republic. It will act as a “culmination” to what is currently being set up in The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, Ahsoka, and subsequent Mando-verse-related shows.
  • James Mangold is set to direct a “biblical epic” about the Dawn of the Jedi, set 25,000 years before the current timeline. Mangold was set to direct a Boba Fett-centered movie until it was ultimately scrapped in the wake of Solo: A Star Wars Story‘s poor box office performance. He is also attached to helm Swamp Thing for DC.

Stay tuned for more announcements as Star Wars Celebration continues over the weekend!

Source: Disney (press release)


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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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