Star Wars: Skeleton Crew is reportedly being delayed to January 2024. The news follows an offhand comment by actor Jaleel White, who suggested that Lucasfilm had plans to debut the series on Disney+ in November 2023. However, according to the show’s copyright filing via Reddit, the series might face delays ranging from a few months to a year.
While the exact cause for the postponement remains unknown, it is speculated that the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike compelled Disney to exercise caution in releasing certain content. Created by Jon Watts and Christopher Ford, Star Wars: Skeleton Crew forms part of the expansive Star Wars universe. The series is set in the same timeframe as The Mandalorian.
A Reddit leak has many fearing that Star Wars: Skeletron Crew has pushed its release date from the end of 2023 to late 2024.
At its core, Star Wars: Skeleton Crew is a coming-of-age story. The series follows four kids who find adventure while making their way home after being lost in the galaxy following a discovery on their home planet. The series was officially announced in May 2022, during the Star Wars Celebration, where Jude Law was introduced as one of the cast members.
During its initial stages of development, Star Wars: Skeleton Crew was informally nicknamed “Grammar Rodeo.” The moniker was inspired by an episode of the popular animated sitcom The Simpsons, in which Bart Simpson and three of his closest friends embark on a road trip adventure by renting a car using a counterfeit ID.
Production began in September 2022 in Los Angeles and successfully concluded by late January 2023. The young actors who play pivotal roles in Star Wars: Skeleton Crew, Ravi Cabot-Conyers, Kyriana Kratter, and Robert Timothy Smith, were announced in April 2023. A sneak peek of the series featured shots of the kids riding speeders, attending school, and on spaceships.
Star Wars: Skeleton Crew will have its executive production overseen by Jon Watts and Christopher Ford, alongside visionaries Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni.
The preview concluded with viewers getting their first glimpse of Jude Law as a Jedi. Law previously provided some insights into his role in Star Wars: Skeleton Crew, shedding light on the character’s qualities, which were inspired by two legendary figures within the Star Wars universe.
“What I wanted to imbue was the humor and the sardonic nature of Solo. The slight tone of, ‘Aw, this is all rubbish. What am I doing here?’ I think that’s a very Star Wars thing, the lovely irony that someone in it is a little throwaway about the whole thing,” Law explained about his character in Star Wars: Skeleton Crew.
Star Wars: Skeleton Crew will have its executive production overseen by Jon Watts and Christopher Ford, alongside visionaries Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni. The latter duo has played pivotal roles in creating successful Star Wars series such as The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, and Ahsoka, which features Rosario Dawson as the former apprentice of Anakin Skywalker.
Star Wars: Skeleton Crew was officially announced in May 2022, during the Star Wars Celebration, where Jude Law was introduced as one of the cast members.
Favreau and Ahsoka creator Dave Filoni previously told Entertainment Weekly that Star Wars: Skeleton Crew draws inspiration from 1980s coming-of-age classics like The Goonies. When Favreau was asked how the tone would blend in with offerings like The Mandalorian, he said, “One of the things we really like about what the shows that we’ve been working on have turned into is that the tone of each episode, and in certain cases each series, really reflects the storyteller of the filmmaker.”
Directing duties for Star Wars: Skeleton Crew will be handled by Watts, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, David Lowery, Jake Schreier, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Lee Isaac Chung. The highly anticipated series will be made up of eight episodes.