Disney and Lucasfilm are in the process of expanding the Star Wars universe in ways it has never grown before. They’ve got Star War Rebels on the air, episodic movies like Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the works, standalone films scheduled, and comics, movies, games, and novels all adding to the official canon. If that sounds like a lot, it is, but if it sounds like enough, it is most certainly not. They’re taking the Marvel, lets-do-as-much-as-we-possibly-can approach, and they have another animated series in development.
Rebels has turned out to be a lot of fun (I’m still way, way behind because I don’t get Disney XD at home), and was renewed for a second season right as season one kicked off earlier this fall. But according to a report over at Slashfilm, the high Disney muckety mucks already know how the series is going to end, and have a new one lined up to fill the void. This isn’t super imminent, as they still reportedly plan to do “about” three or four seasons of Rebels, but it definitely shows how they’re approaching this new age of Star Wars, and that they have an eye on the future.
This actually seems like a sound plan. After all, Rebels won’t be able to continue on indefinitely, it can go on a little bit post the action of A New Hope, but any more might be too much of a stretch and cause inter-universe problems. And if they work now, they have something new to transition that fan base to.
When that wraps up, however, they plan to launch a new series full of all new characters. While Rebels is set in the period between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, where the Empire tightens its grip and the Rebel Alliance is born, this new series will take place in the upcoming timeline, around the same time as The Force Awakens and Episodes VIII and IX.
As we won’t see this series until 2017 or 2018 at the earliest, there aren’t any details beyond the general timeline. This makes sense since we don’t know anything about this upcoming era to begin with, but by the time it drops, we should be at least one, possibly two movies deep, which will give us a better idea of the world these characters will inhabit. You have to wonder if perhaps pieces of this new series will be introduced in the movies.
This is, as with just about everything involving Star War right now, an unofficial report from an unnamed source, so take it with a grain of salt. And hell, by the time any of this might actually come to pass anyway, we’ll all probably have long forgotten about this. Someone set a reminder for 2017 and we can revisit this then.