While fans are still debating “The Rise of Skywalker,” the future of “Star Wars” is otherwise unknown. There are no feature films currently in development with only an empty Dec. 2022 window available to Lucasfilm. However, after the massive success of “The Mandalorian,” it seems as though Disney and Lucasfilm will be doubling down on Disney Plus to expand the presence of “Star Wars” on the streaming platform.
During a quarterly earnings webcast, Disney CEO Bob Iger shed some light on the direction the franchise is heading in. Iger once again stated that “Star Wars” would be taking a bit of a hiatus with its theatrical releases and said, “The priority in the next few years is television.” He then revealed that fans could expect “The Mandalorian” Season 2 sometime in October of 2020 along with “more coming from ‘The Mandalorian’ thereafter.” What exactly does that entail? Well, Iger had some ideas about that too.
Don’t be surprised if some of your favorite side characters Mando came across during his journey in Season 1 get their own spin-off series. Iger hinted at the “the possibility of infusing [‘The Mandalorian’] with more characters and taking those characters in their own direction in terms of series.”
As for Lucasfilm’s endeavors outside of “The Mandalorian,” Iger briefly mentioned the “Rogue One” Cassian Andor prequel series and the highly anticipated Obi-Wan series. The Cassian Andor series is supposedly beginning principal photography later this year for a 2021 release and with the production delays halting Ewan McGregor’s return to “Star Wars,” the Obi-Wan Kenobi series likely won’t hit Disney Plus until at the earliest 2022.
While not a whole lot was revealed and there are still many questions that need answers, it’s very apparent that “Star Wars” fans have much to look forward to during the theatrical hiatus.