Disney recently announced a massive lineup of new Star Wars series for Disney+, but they saved one of their biggest reveals for the season finale of The Mandalorian. During a post-credits scene, the series announced The Book of Boba Fett, which would debut in December of 2021. After a weekend of speculation about this new series, Disney has confirmed that it is indeed another new series, which will be executive produced by Robert Rodriguez.
The Mandalorian’s Jon Favreau and Dave Filioni will also act as executive producers alongside Robert Rodriguez, who recently directed Chapter 14 of The Mandalorian. The Book of Boba Fett will star Temeura Morrison as Boba Fett, with Ming-Na Wen reprising her role as Fennec Shand. Favreau also confirmed that the show is currently in production and will air December 2021 on Disney+.
Recently, Robert Rodriguez has been extremely busy, having released both Alita: Battle Angel and Red 11 last year. Rodriguez will also be releasing the sequel to his 2005 film The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, entitled We Can Be Heroes on Netflix Christmas Day. Over the last few years, Rodriguez has done quite a few television shows, including directing several episodes of From Dusk till Dawn: The Series, based on his 1996 film, two episodes of the series Matador, and hosted his own show, The Director’s Chair, on the El Rey Network.
But Robert Rodriguez is kind of a perfect choice to work on The Book of Boba Fett. Rodriguez’s Mexico trilogy, which includes 1992’s El Mariachi, 1995’s Desperado, and 2003’s Once Upon a Time in Mexico, is all about a mysterious man going from town-to-town seeking revenge. Rodriguez is also known for filming cheap and fast, which certainly helps in television, especially since the series needs to be ready by this time next year.
Robert Rodriguez’s show is just the latest in a slate of 10 upcoming new Star Wars programs for Disney+. Recently, Disney announced that the character of Ahsoka Tano, who made her live-action debut on The Mandalorian, would be getting her own spin-off show, aptly titled Ahsoka. Like Ahsoka and The Book of Boba Fett, The Rangers of The New Republic is another new show that takes place during the same time period as The Mandalorian. Both Ahsoka and The Rangers of The New Republic are also being developed by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, and it was announced that The Mandalorian, The Rangers of The New Republic, and Ahsoka would all culminate in a master story event. No word yet on if The Book of Boba Fett will also be part of that.
As with The Book of Boba Fett by Robert Rodriguez, Disney seems excited to utilize the fast roster of Star Wars characters for their new slate of series for Disney+. The streaming network is currently filming Andor, which will focus on Diego Luna’s Rogue One character, Cassian Andor, and is set to debut in 2022. Also planned for 2022 is Obi-Wan Kenobi, currently in development with Ewan MacGregor and Hayden Christensen returning. Justin Simien, the creator of Dear White People, is also working on Lando, which will focus on Lando Calrissian, although it’s unclear if we will see a younger or older version of the character.
Yet Disney isn’t just sticking to older characters, like with Robert Rodriguez’s The Book of Boba Fett, they are trying some new ideas out as well. The Acolyte is currently in development by Russian Doll co-creator Leslye Headland. While little is known about the show at this point, it is rumored to focus on a group of female characters in the Star Wars universe. Disney also has several animated Star Wars series on the way, including The Bad Batch, the anime anthology series Star Wars: Visions, and a new adventure with R2-D2 and C-3PO, entitled A Droid Story.
With filmmakers like Jon Favreau, Tony Gilroy, Leslye Headland, and now, Robert Rodriguez, it’s clear that Disney wants to bring cinematic-level adventure to the small screen with their new Star Wars programs. As the Star Wars films concluded, The Mandalorian became a massive hit for the new streaming service, so it’s no wonder Disney is doubling down on the possibility to explore the Star Wars universe in this way. But here’s hoping with all of these new shows on the way, audiences don’t get too overloaded with Star Wars content.