LONDON – Star Wars has no end. Lucasfilm announced that three new films in the franchise will be released in the coming years.as confirmed by the president of the studio, Kathleen Kennedy, during Star Wars Celebration Europe, the now annual meeting of fans of the saga that is held these days in London and expects to receive 30,000 people from Friday the 7th to Monday the 10th.
Although not many details were given, the first of the films will take place 25,000 years before the events we know of in the history of Star Wars. That is to say, it will be an origin movie of “the Force” that will be directed by James Mangold, prior to everything that has been seen so far in the franchise.
The directors of the other two titles will be dave filoniproducer of “The Mandalorian”, which will be released as a feature film, and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoywhose film will take place 15 years after the plot of “The Rise of Skywalker”, episode IX of the original trilogy.
The event also served to release a new trailer for “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”, which will hit theaters on June 30, also directed by Mangold. It will be the last time that Harrison Ford plays the hero of the hat. The actor was unable to be in London with his director and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who plays his goddaughter in the film, but a recorded message was screened for the fans present.
In addition, the event served to announce more news about the franchise:
The next Star Wars series will be “Ahsoka”, starring Rosario Dawson, which will arrive on Disney+ in August 2023. The New York actress took the stage along with the rest of the cast and assured that she hopes there will be a second season of the series. “It’s up to you,” she told the audience of 4,500 in the room.
Dave Filoni, creator of the series, presented the first teaser for “Ahsoka”, in which you can see from behind what Hayden Christensen looks like again in the role of Anakin Skywalker before becoming Darth Vader.
Diego Luna will play the rebellious Cassian Andor again in the second season of “Andor”, which has been filming precisely in London since November and is expected to end in August. The Mexican actor took the stage alongside series creator Tony Gilroy and the rest of the cast: Adria Arjona, Andy Serkis, Denise Gough, Faye Marsay.
“Good afternoon everyone,” Luna began in Spanish greeting everyone. “The first Star Wars Celebration I attended was in 2016 here in London for Rogue One. We are now filming Andor. In the last ten years London has been my second home.
Luna presented the first images of the second season, which, as confirmed by Gilroy, will be the last.
The series “The Acolyte”, which will take us to the days after the end of the Republic -just after “The Return of the Jedi”- a time of peace in the galaxy that will explore the -temporary- decline of the Dark Side and the Force of the Jedi.
“The Acolyte” will be directed by Leslye Headland, who came out on stage and received Kennedy’s congratulations on the first four episodes, which are already in the works. Shortly after, he joined the cast of the series, in which the Korean Lee Jung-jae stands out, who became popular for the Netflix series “Squid Game”. Amandla Stenberg, Jodie Turner-Smith, Manny Jacinto and the British-Spanish Dafne Keen Fernández, among others, took the stage. “The Acolyte”, of which the first images were shown exclusively for the theater, will finish recording in May and will be released in 2024.
Another live-action series that is in production is “Star Wars: Skeleton Crew”, which will feature Jude Law as the protagonist -his character could be a Jedi- along with a group of children who are lost in space and have to find the way back home in a time similar to that of “The Mandalorian.” Law took the stage with the young protagonists.
In addition to showing the first trailer for the series, the directors were announced: Jon Watts, David Lowery, Daniels (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, directors of the award-winning “Everything Everywhere All at Once”, Jake Schreier, Bryce Dallas Howard and Lee Isaac Chung.
During the morning, the beginning of episode 8 of season 3 of “The Mandalorian” was screened, which is being broadcast these weeks on Disney+. Its creators Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni took the stage with the cast. Except Pedro Pascal, who could not be at this Star Wars Celebration, and left a recorded message for fans in which he joked that now “even eating a sandwich” becomes a meme, referring to the actor’s video that went viral. eating at the Snack Wars show.
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