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The Mandalorian may have changed that galaxy far, far away forever, because for the first time in history, new Star Wars TV shows are now hotter property than the movies.

Lucasfilm confirmed as much in a mega-announcement at Disney’s Investor Day in December 2020, when company president Kathleen Kennedy announced a raft of exciting series coming to Disney Plus. There are currently at least eight high-profile new Star Wars TV shows in various stages of development, with the adventures of Mando and Baby Yoda soon to be joined by The Book of Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Andor and many more – including a second season of Clone Wars spin-off The Bad Batch. How to watch the Star Wars movies in orderWhy Lucasfilm doesn’t need to make Star Wars movies any moreThe Mandalorian season tiga: what we know so far

But Disney and Lucasfilm haven’t forgotten about new Star Wars movies now that The Rise of Skywalker has (apparently) brought the Skywalker Saga to a close – though we may have to wait a while to see lightsabers, X-wings and TIE fighters on the big screen again. Unfortunately, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron movie has been delayed indefinitely, while there have been precious few updates about Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), Rian Johnson (The Last Jedi) and Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige’s own takes on Star Wars movies.

Like a bunch of Bothan spies hunting down Death Star plans, we’ve put together a handy guide to the new Star Wars TV shows and movies we know are currently in production or development at Lucasfilm. There has arguably never been a more exciting time to be a Star Wars fan – the Force is strong with this one. New Star Wars TV showsThe Book of Boba Fett

As teased by the finale of The Mandalorian season dua, the legendary Boba Fett is getting his own spin-off TV show, launching December 29, 2021 on Disney Plus. The Book of Boba Fett will feature Temuera Morrison reprising his role as the galaxy’s most infamous bounty hunter, and he’ll be joined by his partially cybernetic companion, Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), fresh from her recent appearance in The Bad Batch. 

The series will focus on Fett’s efforts to take control of former boss Jabba the Hutt’s crime empire on Tatooine, though it’s widely rumored that flashbacks will explain what he’s been up to since he tumbled into the Sarlacc in Return of the Jedi.Obi-Wan Kenobi

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As well as bringing back Ewan McGregor to reprise the Force-wielding role he played in the prequel trilogy,the long-awaited Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off will feature the return of Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader – with a new showdown promised between Jedi Master and his failed Padawan. 

Now confirmed for a 2022 launch, this new Star Wars TV show is set around a decade after Revenge of the Sith, and while plot specifics are thin on the ground, a sizzle reel released on Disney Plus Day did suggest that Old Ben’s mission to keep Luke Skywalker safe will be a priority. “That’s definitely a starting place for our story,” said director Deborah Chow, who previously helmed The Mandalorian episodes ‘The Sin’ and ‘The Reckoning’. “The interesting thing is going to be where it goes from there…”

Concept art (check out some of the images in the tweet below) suggests that Obi-Wan won’t just be hanging around on Tatooine, with scenes depicting Blade Runner-esque cityscapes, an Imperial base, and – unless we’re very much mistaken – Mustafar, the volcanic planet where Kenobi left Anakin for dead in Revenge of the Sith. New concept art from Obi-Wan Kenobi has been officially released, including Obi-Wan and Vader facing off yet again! pic.twitter.com/lRR884Mjs0November 11, 2021

The show’s supporting cast features The Queen’s Gambit’s Moses Ingram, Eternals’ Kumail Nanjiani, Game of Thrones’ Indira Varma, Homeland’s Rupert Friend and Fast & Furious 9‘s Sung Kang. Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse reprise their prequel trilogy roles as Luke Skywalker’s legal guardians, Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru.Andor

A prequel to 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Andor focusses on Rebel Alliance intelligence officer Cassian Andor (played by Diego Luna). Lucasfilm has described this new Star Wars TV show as a spy thriller, and when the crew discuss it in the sizzle reel above, they suggest it’ll have movie-scale production values – and 200 named cast members.

Set five years before the Rebels obtained those infamous Death Star plans in Rogue One, the 12-episode series is scheduled for a 2022 launch.

Bourne screenwriter (and Rogue One reshoot overseer) Tony Gilroy is the show’s creator, while the ensemble cast features Stellan Skarsgård, Adria Arjona, Fiona Shaw and Kyle Soller. It’s also set to feature some veterans of Rogue One, with Genevieve O’Reilly back as Rebel leader Mon Mothma, and Ben Mendelsohn and Forest Whitaker reportedly returning as Orson Krennic and Saw Gerrera, respectively.

Expect Bourne-style espionage in a galaxy far, far away when Andor takes the fight to the Empire next year. The Bad Batch season 2

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The Clone Wars was the TV show that kept Star Wars’ fire alive between Revenge of the Sith and Disney’s 2012 Lucasfilm buyout. It’s fitting, then, that Disney Plus is sticking with animation for this Clone Wars spin-off about an elite unit of genetically modified Clone Troopers in the early days of the Galactic Empire. 

Greenlit back in August 2021, The Bad Batch season dua will pick up the story of Hunter, Tech, Wrecker, Echo and fellow clone Omega as they try to stay one step ahead of Imperial forces led by their renegade brother, Crosshair. And with (spoilers!) the cloning facilities on Kamino now destroyed and hints that the show will somehow tie into the events of The Mandalorian, this follow-up season could have big ramifications for the Star Wars galaxy. The Mandalorian season 3

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Little is known about the third season of The Mandalorian, but after the season dua finale – which saw (spoilers!) Din Djarin handing Grogu over to Luke Skywalker so he could train the little green man in the ways of the Force – we have to assume we’ll see Mando traveling alone for a little while. Beyond the Baby Yoda story arc, the third season could also feature a duel for the Darksaber between Mando and Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) – and we’re guessing the incarcerated Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) is going to make himself a very awkward prisoner for the New Republic.

Unfortunately, with Carl Weathers (Greef Karga) confirming in an October 2021 tweet (opens in new tab) that he’d only just started shooting his scenes, we’re not going to be seeing Mando’s return for some time yet. Given the lengthy post-production process on new Star Wars TV shows, it seems we’ll have wait until late 2022 – or maybe even longer – to see it. Ahsoka

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Like The Book of Boba Fett, Ahsoka is a spin-off from The Mandalorian, and will see Rosario Dawson reprising her role as Anakin Skywalker’s former Jedi apprentice Ahsoka Tano. Having debuted in The Clone Wars animated series – and returned as a key player in Star Wars: Rebels – Ahsoka made a thrilling move to live-action with the Mandalorian episode ‘The Jedi’.

Her appearance alongside Mando and Grogu suggested she was on the hunt for the still-alive Imperial officer Grand Admiral Thrawn, a villain introduced in Star Wars Expanded Universe stories a long time ago, and who was added to the newer Disney continuity with the Star Wars Rebels animated series. It’s expected the show will touch upon the epilogue of Rebels, which saw Ahsoka and Mandalorian-turned-Rebel Sabine Wren looking for aspiring Jedi Ezra Bridger, who was last seen heading into the unknown with Thrawn. Indeed, it’s now been confirmed that Natasha Liu Bordizzo is joining the cast as Wren.

Dave Filoni – Mandalorian director, former Clone Wars/Rebels showrunner and Lucasfilm’s newly appointed executive creative director – will call the shots on this new Star Wars TV show. The Acolyte

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Set at the end of the recently-debuted High Republic era of Star Wars (around two centuries before the events of the original trilogy), The Acolyte is a new Star Wars TV show from the co-creator of Netflix’s Russian Doll, Leslye Headland. Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy didn’t say much about the show in her December 2020 Disney Investor Day presentation, other than confirming that it’s a “mystery thriller” set in a “galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark side powers”. 

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