Breaking down the Star Wars news from Disney Investor Day

Photo: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.. Copyright: 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™, All Rights Reserved.
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Star Wars is getting bigger! At Disney’s Investor Day event, fans were given a host of news about upcoming Star Wars properties.

There’s going to be so much more Star Wars content that fans can look forward to on Disney Plus, as was announced during Disney’s Investor Day event.

At the start of the livestream, viewers were informed that 10 Star Wars shows were in the works—and some previews were also shown during the event, though a few were only made available to private viewers and not the general public.

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The Lucasfilm section of the event began with a recap of The Mandalorian Season 2—and there was a reason why.

Two of the new Star Wars shows are spin-offs of the show—Rangers of the New Republic, likely featuring Gina Carano’s Cara Dune, and Ahsoka Tano, with Rosario Dawson reprising the live-action version of the character from the animated series. The shows will be helmed by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, The Mandalorian alums.

This might be the first announcement regarding what is clearly going to be a shared Disney Plus universe for Star Wars. We could possibly expect to see more spin-offs, including a Cobb Vanth show with Timothy Olyphant, and maybe even a Grand Admiral Thrawn show. On the other hand, Thrawn and Ezra Bridger could appear in the Ahsoka Tano show.

Another spin-off, this time from the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars series, is The Bad Batch, which follows a group of unusual clones with very specific abilities. The teaser for Bad Batch was made available on the official Twitter page.

Fans also got a sneak peek at Andor, the spin-off from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Diego Luna returns as Cassian Andor, the Rebellion fighter and pilot who was killed-in-action on Scarif.

New and returning cast members were also announced for the show, along with concept art for the show, which you can see in this video.

A host of other shows were also announced, though previews for those were not made available.

What Next for Star Wars on Disney Plus?

Among the Star Wars shows that fans have known will appear on Disney Plus include Obi-Wan Kenobi. Speculation has been rife regarding the show, especially about Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi being joined by Hayden Christensen’s Anakin Skywalker.

At the Investor Day event, it was confirmed that Christensen will be appearing in the show, but as Darth Vader, not Anakin Skywalker. We aren’t quite sure how that will work but it will be great to see Christensen back in the universe.

Donald Glover is Lando Calrissian in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY.
Donald Glover is Lando Calrissian in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY. /

Yet another rumor was also confirmed—Lando, a show about Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian, will be going ahead. This is exciting news for fans who have been craving more of the character. Beloved Star Wars droids, C-3PO and R2-D2, will be seen again in A Droid Story, as they go on an adventure with a brand new hero to the universe.

Original content from Lucasfilm includes Star Wars: Visions, an anthology series that will celebrate the galaxy through the work of the best Japanese animators. Anime fans have much to be excited about. Finally, The Acolyte is another original series. Very few details were available, but it will be a mystery-thriller set during the High Republic era—around the prequel trilogy—and will explore the dark side of the Force.

Also announced were a Star Wars feature film from Taika Waititi, and Patty Jenkins was confirmed as the director of a Rogue Squadron film. There’s plenty happening over at Lucasfilm and Star Wars—fans are going to have material for years to come!

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What are you looking forward to seeing in the new slate of Star Wars content? Tell us in the comments below.

All Star Wars shows will be streaming on Disney Plus.