10 movies and TV shows we hope to learn more about at D23 2022
Just a few months ago, Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen took the stage at Star Wars Celebration to talk about Obi Wan Kenobibut now fans are eager to learn more about the future of star wars. That wait is coming to an end as there should be some exciting updates and announcements from September 9-11 at Expo D23.
Of all the previous announcements made over the years, including the new series being revealed at Star Wars Celebration, there’s no shortage of things to show off. Above all, many fans would like to know the future of Star Wars movies since the controversial release of Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, the franchise has passed extraordinarily on television. With new content being produced every year, fans can’t wait to see what’s airing on D23.
Fans wait with excited fervor for the next star wars series on Disney+, Andor. Diego Luna returns as Cassian Andor, the thief turned rebel agent, from RogueOne, and is joined by Genevieve O’Reilly, Stellan Skarsgård, Kyle Soller and Fiona Shaw (to name a few). Fans have a lot of interesting theories for Andormany hope that several popular characters will appear or, at least, be referenced.
It’s actually been a long time coming since Andor was announced in 2018 (via Comicbook.com), but it will finally air on September 21 with three episodes streaming on Disney+. As this is clearly the most immediate upcoming project, a new trailer or other footage will most likely be released or, perhaps, attendees will be able to hear director Tony Gilroy, Diego Luna and/or other cast members.
The bad batch
star wars has immensely exceeded on the bustling front with tastes of The Clone Wars, rebelsand now The bad batch. The first season was pretty exciting, showing a unique branch of the unsubdued clone army (like their brethren) as they try to survive in a universe during the rise of the Empire. At Star Wars Celebration, the Season 2 trailer was released to positive reactions, especially when it showed Gungi (the beloved young Wookie).
The second season begins streaming on Disney+ on September 28, meaning it will run concurrently with Andor. Luckily, these shows won’t have the same experience as Obi Wan Kenobi and Ms. Marvelsince She-Hulk: Lawyer works on Thursday (so now there is a star wars day and a Marvel day). As Andornew footage like the first five minutes or so of the season premiere could air at D23.
Tales of the Jedi
At Star Wars Celebration they announced another new animated series and this one makes a lot of sense for dedicated fans. Tales of the Jedi is an anthology series predating The Clone Wars which, as the name suggests, will feature the stories of different Jedi. Ahsoka Tano will be one of the leads, bringing back Ashley Eckstein to voice her, and Count Dooku will be the other.
The big draw for many is that Liam Neeson will return to voice Qui-Gon Jinn, instantly raising hopes that he’ll also appear in Obi Wan Kenobi. These hopes were not disappointed, and with the rumors that Obi Wan Kenobi might get a second season, fans might get to see it even more. With Tales of the Jedi slated to premiere later this year, so D23 could be the perfect opportunity to give a definitive release date.
One of the biggest events of star wars is The Mandalorian. The groundbreaking series, frankly, changed the entire franchise and not just because of Grogu (aka Baby Yoda). Star Wars Celebration attendees got a chance to see the Season 3 trailer, and while others may find ways to watch it elsewhere, it still hasn’t been officially released. It wouldn’t be surprising if they did this at D23.
Season 3 is currently set to premiere in February, but it’s probably still too early for them to give an exact release date. However, as it is now the flagship project, it should still get attention, and more information could be given on its spin-offs. Boba Fett’s Book (for example if it will officially return for a second season).
Taika Waititi’s film
Whereas star wars made the transition to work only on Disney+, they’re not supposed to slow down on the movie front. For a certain time, Thieves Squadron was the next thing on the docket until recently, with Taika Waititi’s film being pushed to replace it. At this point, that’s all that is known about this film.
Whether it’s showing a title, release date, casting announcements and/or hearing directly from Waititi, something has to be acknowledged at D23. Supposedly, it’s still slated for a late 2023 release, but since it hasn’t started filming and likely won’t this year, that kind of turnaround will be pretty hard to pull off. Therefore, fans shouldn’t really expect it until 2024.
It’s not technically considered part of the established canon, but Visions was an exciting adventure for star wars storytelling and animation. This allowed different artists to show off their unique talents and add new perspectives to the franchise. A second season was quickly announced and will actually arrive relatively soon. It’s currently slated for release on Disney+ in early 2023.
Excitingly, while the first season of shorts was solely produced by Japanese animation studios, the second season will feature artists and companies from around the world. It’s still too early for them to make an official trailer at D23, but they could still provide more information about the second season, like which studios are shown.
Outraged Andor and The Mandalorianthe next big show that got the fan base hugely excited is Ahsoka. She is one of the most beloved characters in the star wars franchise, so when it came to live-action in The Mandalorian (played by Rosario Dawson), fans were thrilled. Some pictures for Ahsoka was also shown at Star Wars Celebration, and hopefully can be officially released on D23 or soon after.
Other fan favorites will return in Ahsoka, namely Sabine Wren, Hera Syndula and Anakin Skywalker. Sabine will be played by Natasha Liu Brodizzo and Hayden Christensen is reprising the role of Anakin once again – which is good news for many after his work in Obi Wan Kenobi. Many are hoping for more characters and cameos from The Clone Wars and or rebels and that Ahsoka can rectify some previous errors in star wars shows.
A droid story
While the live-action side of the movie is currently at a standstill from the outside, the animation still has something definitive to work on. A droid story is an animated film announced in December 2020 that will follow everyone’s favorite droid duo, R2-D2 and C-3PO, about an epic adventurer guiding a new droid. The premise with just R2-D2 and C-3PO sounds entertaining, but the addition of a new hero droid only sweetens the deal.
There haven’t really been any updates on A droid story since his announcement, so hopefully he can get a mention at J23. Specifically, it would be nice to know when it will be released on Disney+ or at least how long fans will have to wait for more.
The Previously Announced
With people like Andor and Ahsoka, there are still many more TV shows that have been announced over the past few years, waiting for their moment in the spotlight. This would include The Acolyte, lando, New Republic Rangersand, most recently, Star Wars Celebration, Skeleton crewand Adventures of Young Jedi. Each of these contains very attractive elements and fans would like to know when they can expect to start watching them.
Specifically, The Acolyte is very promising as it’s set in the High Republic era and could be the furthest from the Skywalker saga – although some important characters like Yoda or Maz Kanata could still feature. In addition, Skeleton crew looks very interesting. Although it’s centered around four children, it’s going to be meant to be quite a mature story, and Jude Law stars in it. Hopefully some or all of these get some attention at J23.
The future of Star Wars in cinema
Perhaps the most important thing for fans right now is what’s next for star wars cinema is. The franchise is in such an interesting and unexpected position right now. TV shows have been quite popular, but star wars made a name for himself for four decades on movies alone. With Taika Waititi and Patty Jenkins – for Thieves Squadron – other people expected to develop star wars films include Rian Johnson and Kevin Feige.
After the controversial response to Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, many fans are eager to see how Johnson will alter the franchise again, but there’s nothing definitive to look forward to. This is something that needs to be addressed at D23, and fans need to know
whether they will actually be returning to the cinema anytime soon for a star wars film.
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