For those of us who weren’t lucky enough to be in London over the weekend for Star Wars Celebration, here’s a wrap up of what Disney and LucasFilm announced.

1. New Star Wars movies

Panel for Star Wars movies wrap up at Star Wars Celebration

Yes, yes, this has happened before, so take any announcements about Star Wars films with a grain of salt. However, given the open desire by Disney and LucasFilm to sustain Star Wars movie success, these three offerings may be legit.

According to LucasFilm, the three films will take place at different points along the timeline. The first, set at the dawn of the Jedi — at around 25,000 years before the Battle of Yavin — will be directed by James Mangold. The plot is likely to feature Force users who are neither entirely Light or Dark and have yet to conform to any Order. Thus, terms such as Jedi and Sith probably won’t be part of the mix.

The second film will be directed by Dave Filoni and will likely be the finale to the action taking place in The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, and the upcoming series, Ahsoka. It’s unknown at this time if this will be a standalone movie or perhaps the first in a trilogy. (Hope still abounds for a Thrawn trilogy!) This project could even be a direct to Disney+ film.

The final film, the one most likely to buckle under fan pressure (if indeed any of them do) will be directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and will take place around 15 years after The Rise of Skywalker. This movie will feature Daisy Ridley as Rey and will focus on her efforts to establish a new Jedi Order. As details are still scarce, it’s unknown if this movie will feature entirely new material or perhaps have some hooks from Kevin J. Anderson’s Jedi Academy books. It’s also unknown if John Boyega will reprise his role as Finn.

2. Ahsoka

Panel for Ahsoka TV series at Star Wars Celebration

The official Ahsoka trailer started everything off when it dropped on Friday. Much of what can be seen was expected. Many of the characters and locations are from the TV show Star Wars: Rebels. Ahsoka Tano (played by Rosario Dawson) was front and center, as should be expected. Her partner on the quest to find Ezra Bridger, Sabine Wren (played by Natasha Liu Bordizzo), is also given a good amount of screen time. The biggest differences to Sabine are her hair and her demeanor. Both indicate that at some point she gave up fighting and perhaps even the quest to find her friend.

Hera Syndulla (played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead) also makes an appearance. First piloting the Phantom shuttle and then again on the bridge of a Republic ship with an upgraded rank. She’s joined on the shuttle by Chopper, but there’s no sign of her son in the trailer. Also missing is Zeb, although we know he’s in universe after his appearance in a recent episode of The Mandalorian.

Thrawn likewise steps onto the scene. We only see his back but the uniform, black hair, and blue skin are dead giveaways. Also, the voiceover names him as heir to the Empire, which was the title of the first Timothy Zahn novel to feature the Chiss grand admiral. The line seems to indicate that Thrawn will take up his mantle as bestowed in the expanded universe novel, although the jury is still out on whether his role will be the same.

In the trailer are two new characters. First there’s Ray Stevenson’s Baylon Skoll and then there’s Ivanna Sakho’s Shin Hati. Both are wielding orange lightsabers, indicating that perhaps they aren’t Sith or totally Dark Side. That they’re both attacking and killing New Republic personnel isn’t encouraging, though.

Ahsoka is set to premiere in August, but undoubtedly there’ll be plenty more to discuss before then.

3. Skeleton Crew/The Acolyte

Panels for Skeleton Crew and The Acolyte at Star Wars Celebration

Both of these shows received previews that have yet to be officially released. However, according to reports, the previews confirmed details that have already been established. Skeleton Crew will indeed be Goonies in space. Although, with the preview showing scenes of the kids’ parents, perhaps the emphasis won’t be entirely on the four youngsters. In addition, while Jude Law’s character was shown to wield Force powers — or perhaps technology to help him fake it — it’s still unknown if he’s entirely a good guy or just someone taking advantage of the situation.

As for The Acolyte, this show will have a lot of action. Some of it at least inspired by the Matrix and wire fu. The show will also feature a great many Jedi. As it’s taking place near the end of the High Republic — when the Jedi were at their zenith — this isn’t a surprise. What did come as a shock was the announcement of a direct character crossover from the High Republic novels.

Vernestra Rwoh, who appeared in Phase I as a young Jedi Knight once apprenticed to Jedi Master Stellan Gios, will be played by Rebecca Henderson. That’s good news because it means that at least one book Jedi (not named Yoda) will survive Phase III. Unless, of course, the TV show ends up running parallel with the books. Then all bets are off.

4. The High Republic

Panel for the High Republic novels at Star Wars Celebration

Speaking of the High Republic, Phase III was announced. It’ll kick off on November 14 with the release of The Eye of Darkness by George Mann. This will be an adult novel and will take place about a year after the destruction of Starlight Beacon. It’ll be followed by two more adult novels — Temptation of the Force by Tessa Gratton in the summer of 2024 and Trials of the Jedi by Charles Soule in the spring of 2025. Like the previous two phases, the third phase will feature three adult novels, three young adult novels, and three middle grade novels.

Phase III will also feature a new author. Alyssa Wong, a writer for Marvel’s Doctor Aphra series, will provide a story for the young adult anthology Tales of Light and Life.

5. The Bad Batch

Panel for the Bad Batch at Star Wars Celebration

The third and final season of The Bad Batch will arrive to Disney+ in 2024. The announcement came during a panel discussion by the executive producers. The Bad Batch, which follows a group of elite clone troopers after Order 66, will pick up after the death of a team member and the capture of another. It’ll also introduce a new character.

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