With bombastic streaming entries like Andor and Ahsoka in 2023, what can Star Wars fans expect on the horizon this year? Since Disney+ launched in 2019, the galaxy far, far away is closer than ever to casual and hardcore fans alike. Acclaimed series such as The Mandalorian prove that the streaming format is not only viable, it’s successful – opening up new hyperspace corridors for more stories to be told.
This year, we’ll see several series continue (or conclude), along with some new story lines that seek to deliver bold and interesting perspectives in the Star Wars universe. Many recent narratives focus on the New Republic Era set squarely between the original trilogy and the sequels. In a refreshing take, we’ll experience some new chapters that span the Skywalker saga, including one at the end of The High Republic era.
Starring: Amanda Stenberg, Lee Jung-Jae, Manny Jacinto, Dafne Keen, Jodie Turner-Smith, Rebecca Henderson, Charlie Barnett, Dean-Charles Chapman, and Carrie-Anne Moss
In a first for Star Wars, this new chapter follows a Sith protagonist, taking place nearly 100 years prior to Episode I – a time previously left unexamined (prior to the launch of The High Republic). Not much information is available at this time, but Disney has confirmed that the series will run for eight episodes. The Acolyte features a mystery-thriller theme, building on some of the darker tones explored in other areas of the franchise like Rogue One and The Bad Batch.
The Bad Batch (Season 3)
Starring: Dee Bradley Baker and Michelle Ang
The hit Clone Wars spin-off comes to an epic conclusion as we follow Clone Force 99 on their mission to save Omega. According to a Star Wars news release, “All members of the Bad Batch appear,” a touching revelation for fans of the elite clone squad – especially those of us who pine for an eventual (or perhaps inevitable) reunion. Officials confirmed that other cameos include Fennec Shand, Rex, and other notable clones. Looking at the previous two seasons, we can assume the final season will mirror another sixteen-episode run.
Starring: Jude Law, Ravi Cabot-Conyers, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Kyriana Kratter, and Robert Timonthy Smith
This all-ages story once again brings us back the New Republic Era. After making a strange discovery on their home planet, a group of kids set forth on a galaxy wide adventure. Jude Law portrays an unnamed Force user in what promises to be an interesting role. Executive Producers John Favreau and Dave Filoni return, hoping to steer this eight-episode narrative into a “combined” movie finale of Skeleton Crew and The Mandalorian, capping off both NRE stories.
Tales of the Jedi (Season 2)
Starring: Matt Lanter, Liam Neeson, Janina Gavankar, Corey Burton, Bryce Dallas Howard, Clancy Brown
Originally an extension of The Clone Wars, Tales of the Jedi has taken on a life of its own, delivering deep dives into distinct, fan-favorite characters. In season one, we relished a true Ahsoka origin story and another look into Dooku’s life before he left the Jedi Order. While no characters have been confirmed for season two, casting Matt Lanter and Liam Neeson effectively confirms we will see Anakin Skywalker and Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan’s master – in some form during another six-episode season.
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