Spinoffs of “Star Wars” fan favorite character Ahsoka Tano, “Ahsoka,” and “Rangers of the New Republic” will be coming to Disney Plus in new series, Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy announced during Thursday’s Disney Investor Day conference.
Rosario Dawson will star in “Ahsoka,” having made her debut as the character in “The Mandalorian” recently. Both new series are set within the timeline of “The Mandalorian.”
Ahsoka Tano was the Jedi Padawan of Anakin Skywalker, but would go on to become something of a foil to him. She debuted in animated movie “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” and also appeared in the series “Star Wars Rebels,” voiced by Ashley Eckstein.
Dawson, though, was the first person to play Tano in live-action. In Season 2 of “The Mandalorian,” Pedro Pascal’s titular bounty hunter finds her in his search to deliver “the child” (now known to be named Grogu) to the Jedi. She ultimately, however, decides that she can’t mentor him.
It was far from only bit of “Star Wars” news: Kennedy also announced new series “Andor,” starring “Rogue One’s” Diego Luna; “The Bad Batch,” a new animated series; and the fact that Hayden Christensen will be returning as Darth Vader opposite Ewan McGregor in “Obi-Wan Kenobi.” All the new series will be coming to Disney Plus.
Also on Disney Plus’ “Star Wars” docket are “Lando,” a new “event series” focused on Lando Calrissian with “Dear White People” director Justin Simien developing, and “Star Wars: Visions,” a series of animated shorts.
On the feature side, Patty Jenkins will be directing the next “Star Wars” feature film, “Rogue Squadron,” set to release on Christmas 2023.
Disney Plus announced earlier in the presentation that it would be releasing 10 “Star Wars” series, in addition to 10 Marvel series, over the next few years.
The news comes as “The Mandalorian” ends its second season on Disney Plus in triumph and the most recent “Star Wars” feature film, 2019’s “The Rise of Skywalker,” endures a growing reputation as one of the worst of the 11 “Star Wars” movies to date.
Several creatives are attached to developing various “Star Wars” feature projects, including “The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson, Marvel Studio chief Kevin Feige, “Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi and “Sleight” director J.D. Dillard with “Luke Cage” writer Matt Owens.
See footage of “Andor” and “The Bad Batch” below.