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FutureStarrWhat's the Future of Star Wars
George Lucas created a galaxy far, far away a time ago. It’s been a quarter century since 1993, which means Star Wars fans are closer than ever before to a real life, just like it. But what if George Lucas was never to make another one? He’s retired. Would it be the same Star Wars 20 years later? Or would fans still be fanatic?
When George Lucas opened up the curtain on a galaxy far, far away, he could have never imagined that his intrepid space film would launch a universe that included dozens of follow-up films, television shows, radio plays, cartoons, and theme park rides. Star Wars content has never been in short supply by any means, but after the back-to-back releases of Last Jedi and Solo, then Disney studio chief Bob Iger made the decision to scale back on theatrical output just as Mandalorian was starting production for Disney+.
Dear White People's Justin Simien will develop Star Wars: Lando, a new stand-alone series for the character of Lando Calrissian that will air on Disney+. So far, there's no update on who will star as the titular smuggler, but fans are hoping Donald Glover, who portrayed the character in 2018's Solo, will return for the series. (Could fans see Billy Dee Williams return as an older Lando again? No word yet, but after his appearance in Rise of Skywalker, at least fans know he's still available.) (Source: ew.com)
The Mandalorian is a major hit, and three spin-offs are in the works. Lucasfilm says these shows will be interconnected, and they'll "culminate in a climactic story event." The Mandalorian will also return for a third season, but not until 2022 at the earliest. Like Marvel, Lucasfilm is giving various fan favorite characters streaming shows, with Disney+ series about Boba Fett, Ahsoka Tano, Cassian Andor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Lando Calrissian all in development. The Obi-Wan Kenobi series, in particular, is highly anticipated. It's an example of Lucasfilm catering to fans who grew up loving George Lucas' prequels, and it promises a "rematch" between Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan and Hayden Christensen's Anakin Skywalker after Revenge of the Sith. Another upcoming show is The Acolyte, a mystery-thriller from Russian Doll's Leslye Headland set decades before the movies. That time frame should allow it to expand Star Wars' mythology in a unique way, as some have criticized the rest of the Disney+ slate for not moving further away from familiar characters in the Skywalker saga. For animation fans, there's also the ongoing Clone Wars spin-off The Bad Batch and the animated projects Star Wars: Visions and Star Wars: A Droid Story.
“It’s been a lifelong dream as a filmmaker to one day make a great fighter pilot film,” said Jenkins. “As the daughter of a great fighter pilot myself, some of the best memories of my life are of seeing my father’s squadron take off in their F4s every morning, and hearing and feeling the awe-inspiring power and grace. When he passed away in service to this country it ignited a burning desire to one day channel all of those emotions into one great film. When the perfect story arrived in combination with another true love of mine, the incomparable world of Star Wars, I knew I’d finally found my next film. I’m extremely honored and excited to take it on, and grateful to Lucasfilm, Disney, and the fans for extending that thrill to me.” (Source: www.starwars.com)