This past week’s Disney Investor Day 2020 announcements were a cornucopia of geeky goodness. Here are the Star Wars shows and single theatrical release announced in our order of interest, from most to least!


Ahsoka – Spinning out of her mind-blowing live-action debut in The Mandalorian, Rosario Dawson plays Ahsoka Tano, the former padawan to Anakin Skywalker, all grown up and on the hunt for Grand Admiral Thrawn. Probably. The last time we saw Ahsoka, she was showing up at the end of Star Wars: Rebels, picking up Sabine Wren to go on a quest to find budding Jedi Ezra Bridger – who had last been seen disappearing with Thrawn into hyperspace to who knows where. Star Wars mastermind Dave Filoni has hinted that that appearance occurred later in the timeline to where we met her in live action, which means there’s still a potential “searching for Ezra” series in the works. I doubt that Bo-Katan (Katee Sackhoff) will show up here, as I figure she’ll be all up in The Mandalorian and fighting to liberate Mandalore (which is where I predict that series is heading).


The Bad Batch – Introduced in the final season of The Clone Wars, The Bad Batch follows the adventures of a ragtag group of clone commandos with genetic mutations, making them unique amongst the rest of the clone army. The show is being set up as a direct sequel to The Clone Wars, taking place in the war’s immediate aftermath. That means we will probably see the boys in action before, during, and after the implementation of Order 66 and the fall of the Jedi.


The Acolyte – Created by Leslye Headland (Russian Doll), The Acolyte is a female-centric mystery thriller about the emergence of Dark Side powers during the final days of the High Republic and the dawn of the Republic that we all know and love. Sith (maybe including a young Sheev Palpatine/Darth Sidious learning the ways of the Sith under Darth Plagueis?) sculking around as the Jedi and the Republic begin settling into complacency? Yoda’s been a Jedi for 800 years or so by then. Also, Chewbacca would be around a hundred, so it’s possible we could get cameos from them to help bring in the fans. I’d be fine without Chewie, to be honest, but we’re almost certain to get some Yoda action (and maybe some Yaddle backstory? Is there a lovechild in the making here?).


Obi-Wan Kenobi – Set ten years after the end of the Clone Wars, with Ewan McGregor reprising the role of Obi-Wan, hanging around on Tatooine, keeping an eye on a young Luke Skywalker. If that didn’t sound enticing enough for you, it looks like Hayden Christensen is returning, too! Will this be for Anakin flashbacks or for full-fledged Darth Vader action? I’d lay odds on the former rather than the latter, but it will be nice to see Christensen back with what can only be much better scripts to work with.


Lando – Disney announced Dear White People’s Justin Simien is behind the new Lando series with no other details, but we can assume that either Donald Glover will be back to play young Lando Calrissian or maybe Billy Dee Williams will return as old Lando (perhaps with Naomi Ackie returning as Jannah for post Rise of Skywalker adventures searching for her homeworld?), or maybe both, following the old Young Indiana Jones Chronicles series format with Billy Dee introducing tales of young rapscallionism! I’m up for any one of those scenarios.


AndorDiego Luna returns as Rebel spy Cassian Andor from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in prequel adventures from the dawn of the rebellion. Set five years before Rogue One, Andor is created and showrun by Tony Gilroy (co-writer of Rogue One and the man behind the Bourne series), so the spy action credentials are there. This could be a good one, although it’s flying a bit below my radar. The best news about this one is that Alan Tudyk will be returning as K-2SO, the breakout star of Rogue One. But, really, is there anything that Alan Tudyk isn’t the breakout star of?


Rangers of the New Republic – The second live-action spin-off of The Mandalorian, Rangers of the New Republic is executive produced by Filoni and Jon Favreau and will take place concurrently with Mandalorian. That’s about all we know about it at the moment, although we can make an educated guess that Paul Sun-Hyung Lee will be showing up as New Republican Captain Carson Teva, and we might even get Bill Burr returning as Mayfeld after his redemption in The Mandalorian Chapter 15, “The Believer”. Will Gina Carano’s Cara Dune show up too? Who knows! This one is wide open and could be about pretty much anything, although Teva did mention to Dune that there was strangeness afoot and the Republic could use her.


Rogue Squadron – The only Star Wars feature film announced during the presentation, Rogue Squadron is headed by Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman 1984) and all we know right now is that it’s about a starfighter squadron. When does it take place? No clue, but the Rogue Squadron is legendary (see what I did there?), flying for over 130 years of Star Wars history. Luke Skywalker flew with them and there have been numerous books, comics, and games featuring them. With Lucasfilm’s current picking and choosing from the previously abandoned Expanded Universe works, this film could take place in any time period from the Battle of Yavin to Rise of Skywalker or beyond. Will this be our first look at a post RoS Star Wars universe, or will we be seeing the connective tissue between Episodes Six and Seven? Until we get more info, I’m finding it hard to get excited.


Visions – There’s very little info about this one yet, but Star Wars: Visions will be a series of 10 animated short films from the world’s best anime creators. This could be amazing, but without more information, it’s hard to tell what’s going to be the end result here. Hopefully, we’ll be looking at The Animatrix or Blade Runner shorts (2036: Nexus Dawn, 2048: Nowhere to Run, and Blade Runner Black Out 2022) levels of quality storytelling, but until we get more info, this one’s just barely on my radar.


A Droid Story – This is apparently a Disney+ animated movie featuring the introduction of a new character, guided by R2-D2 and C-3PO on a secret mission known only to them. And that’s all we know. I’m withholding judgment on this until we find out more. I assume that it’s geared toward a younger audience since the last time R2 and 3PO had their own show it was 1985 and it wasn’t exactly a serious production on par with Ewoks. I really couldn’t care less about this one.

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