the Star Wars landscape had begun to look as desolate as a Tatooine panorama, with only a handful of upcoming TV shows and no new movies on the horizon. That changed at the annual Star Wars Celebration fan event in London on Friday when a slate of new projects was finally revealed, filling the Lucasfilm pipeline for the next few years.
Among the projects: Daisy Ridley plans to return as the heroic Rey in a new film that follows her desert scavenger turned Jedi Master more than a decade after the end of the last previous film, 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker. There was also a new trailer for the Dawson’s Rosary series, Ahsoka, and a director breakdown for the upcoming Jude Law series, Skeleton Crew, that includes an episode helmeted by Everything Everywhere All At Once Oscar winners The Daniels.
Here’s a guide to everything causing a disturbance in the Force:
Three New Films
Don’t call it a trilogy. The three new films announced by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy are as far apart from each other in the galactic chronology as it is possible to get.
Untitled James Mangold Epic —The director of Ford v. Ferrari has lately been in the Lucasfilm stable finishing Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, but he will next join the Star Wars universe with a film that Kennedy described as an origin story for the Force itself. “Jim is going to take us into the deep past, telling the tale of the first Jedi to wield the Force and harness its liberating power in a time of chaos and oppression,”Kennedy said.
Mangold characterized it as “the dawning of the Force” and compared it to a type of vast historical drama harkening back to Hollywood’s yesteryear. “I was thinking about what kind of genre film is within Star Wars that I’d like to make, and I thought of a kind of Biblical epic, like The Ten Commandments,” he said. “Where did the Force come from? When did we discover it? When did we learn how to use it?”
He said he developed the story with Lucasfilm’s in-house “canon-ites and brilliant historians of the Star Wars timeline.” Reaching over to touch the dome of an R2-D2 droid that sat on stage, Mangold said his film would be set, ”25,000 years before this guy made his appearance.”
Untitled Mandalorian-Era Movie—Mando and Baby Yoda seemed to be headed to the big screen. Dave Filonithe Lucasfilm creative executive who helped direct The Clone Wars series with George Lucas and more recently created the Rebels animated series and the upcoming Ahsoka live-action show, will direct a new film set in The Mandalorians era that he helped establish with Jon Favreau.
Kennedy said the film is “expanding upon our present,” since The Mandalorians is the current flagship of Lucasfilm. But the story is actually in what would be considered the past, since it is set after the fall of the Empire in Return of the Jedi and decades before the events of The Force Awakens. Kennedy said this film will show how loyalists to the Empire clash with the new government trying to rebuild the galaxy after the civil war in the original Star Wars trilogy.
“Dave Filoni will orchestrate the escalating war between the Imperial remnant and the fledgling New Republic. Alongside producer Jon Favreau, they’ll bring together many of the threads of our series in a cinematic event that we’ve been promising you,” she said.
Filoni told the crowd the movie would bridge The Mandalorians era of this post-war universe, which includes the upcoming Ahsoka show, and the sequel trilogy of The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. It will also incorporate elements of what’s known as the Expanded Universe, the array of books and other stories from the 1990s and 2000s that kept the Star Wars stories going when no films or TV shows were being made.