At Disney Investor Day 2020, The Walt Disney Company focused on its direct-to-consumer approach moving forward. In less than two years, Disney+ has already reached 86.8 million subscribers, in no small part because of the success of the Disney+ original series, The Mandalorian. With Star Wars content being an integral part of Disney+’s popularity, the company has announced that they have 10 Star Wars series on the way.
Disney announced The Rangers of of The New Republic and Ahsoka. Both series will be set during the time period of The Mandalorian and will culminate in a master story event. Both series are being developed by The Mandalorian‘s Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni. Logos for both projects were shared during the event.
Lucasfilm also announced Lando, a new series that will focus on Lando Calrissian, and is currently being developed by Dear White People creator Justin Simien. It is unclear at what point in the Star Wars universe we will see Calrissian, as behind-the-scenes footage was only shown to investors and not to the larger audience.
This expansion of the Star Wars universe on Disney+ has been rumored for some time. Disney’s Investor Day announced that the previously-untitled Cassian Andor-focused series is now entitled Andor. The series will focus on Diego Luna’s Rogue One character, and while production started only two weeks ago, the show is being called a spy thriller that will be released in 2022.
Disney is also prepping Obi-Wan Kenobi, which will bring Ewan MacGregor back to the character for this limited series which is also expected to launch in 2022. Disney announced at Investory Day that the series will take place ten years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, and that Kayden Christensen would also be returning as Anakin Skywalker. Production begins in March of 2021, and the series will be directed by The Mandalorian director Deborah Chow.
Disney finally has another series in production, with Russian Doll co-creator Leslye Headland acting as showrunner, entitled The Acolyte, focusing on the final days of the High Republic Era. The series is expected to focus on a female-fronted group.
Disney’s new Star Wars series will be both live-action and animated, as the event also showed a clip from their latest animated series, The Bad Batch. Lucasfilm also showed images from Star Wars: Visions, a series of ten short films from various Japanese anime creators, and A Droid Story, which will feature R2D2 and C2PO.
But with Disney’s new focus on streaming, it looks as though Star Wars series are going to be a major part of the service moving forward. As Disney+ expands, so will the Star Wars universe.