We may be halfway around the world from the festivities at the Star Wars Celebration, but we can still feel the hype all the way from London. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about the most exciting announcements from Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023.
Creator Tony Gilroy shared that the highly anticipated second and final season of Andor will debut in August 2024, not long after production wraps up in August of this year.
Gilroy was also pleased to confirm that he and the team behind Andor have a clear idea of where their story is heading and when it’s ending. Knowing exactly where they’re going has been “creatively potent,” according to Gilroy, granting them all the freedom they need to craft an epic conclusion to this beloved series.
Creator Leslye Headland revealed that the show will take place between the High Republic and the beginning of the Prequel films, making it the furthest back a live-action Star Wars series has ever been set in time. When asked about her vision for The Acolyte, Headland compared it to a mix between Frozen and Kill Bill and cited Akira Kurosawa’s films of the 1950s as inspiration.
Star Wars ‘Skeleton Crew’ series starring Jude Law unveils all-star lineup of directors
🎬 Jon Watts
🎬 David Lowery
🎬 Bryce Dallas Howard
🎬 Jake Schreier
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— Fandom (@getFANDOM) April 7, 2023
Get ready to explore a brand new corner of the Star Wars universe with Skeleton Crew. The new series centers around a group of rebellious youngsters traveling through the far-off reaches of space.
Leading the cast is Jude Law, who stars as a clean-shaven Jedi. His character will be explored in episodes directed by Jon Watts, David Lowery, The Daniels, Jake Schreier, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Lee Isaac Chung.
At the event, Rosario Dawson confirmed that the Ahsoka series will be arriving in August 2023. Mary Elizabeth Winstead also announced her casting as Hera Syndulla and shared a short teaser trailer on stage alongside Dawson.
The show follows the adventures of Ahsoka Tano, a young adult Jedi warrior who has already established herself as a fan favorite in The Clone Wars and Rebels animated series. Now, we will get an even closer look at her journey when this live-action show debuts.
Three new live-action Star Wars films
Star Wars fans have much to look forward to with the announcement of three new live-action films, each helmed by renowned directors James Mangold, Dave Filoni, and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. With such pedigrees behind the camera, the anticipation for these new films is sky-high. Here’s the gist of the films, in no particular order:
Film #1 will explore the beginnings of the Jedi
Mangold explores the dawn of the Jedi in his film. This is a period of time that has never been explored in any Star Wars film and should provide a unique perspective on the origins of this fabled order.
Film #2 will focus on the New Republic
Dave Filoni, the mastermind behind The Mandalorian and Ahsoka, will be focusing on the New Republic and closing out the interconnected stories told in The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, Ahsoka, and other Disney+ series. This is sure to be a must-see for fans of those series.
Film #3 will continue Rey’s story
Meanwhile, Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is set to helm a film following the events of The Rise of Skywalker, featuring Daisy Ridley reprising her role as Rey as she seeks to build a new Jedi Order. Obaid-Chinoy brings a unique vision to the project, promising an exciting and thought-provoking addition to the Star Wars canon.
BONUS: Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
Fans also got a first look at the new trailer of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, which will be Harrison Ford’s final Indiana Jones film.
Set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 18, and with its theatrical release set for June 30, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny promises to be a thrilling adventure filled with action and excitement. Joining Harrison Ford in this epic adventure are some of the biggest names in the industry, including Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, John Rhys-Davies, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook, Ethann Isidore, and Mads Mikkelsen.
Directed by James Mangold, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is set to deliver a stunning cinematic experience. With legendary composer John Williams scoring this iconic franchise once again, fans can expect nothing but the best from this epic adventure.
Which of these upcoming Star Wars titles are you most psyched about?