Kenobi, The Mandalorian & More Revealed at D23!
This weekend marks Disney’s bi-annual D23 expo, the mouse’s very own media promotions and launch event. With the Disney + streaming service launching in the US in a few short months this event has been set up all about that – and for Star Wars fans this promises to be very exciting indeed…
Let’s start with the biggest announcement from the Star Wars panel: Ewan McGregor is returning to the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi for a series set eight years after the events of Revenge of the Sith. This timeline places the series one year before the events of Solo, which suggests some of the characters and organisations “Ben” Kenobi may share the screen with. Exciting stuff, but that’s all we know so far.
A full-length trailer for The Mandalorian was finally revealed and it looks pretty damn epic, as you can see for yourself…
While it gives us literally nothing about the plot it’s clear that the show looks amazing. Big-budget Hollywood style effects, sets and costumes along with a wild-west Original Trilogy setting is a winning combination on paper. Let’s hope that those of us in the rest of the world aren’t waiting too long after the series’ November 12th streaming date to find out quite how good it is firsthand.
As well as the above there was also some discussion of the Clone Wars, which is returning for a seventh and final season. According to StarWars.com “the series will finally provide the epic conclusion to the critically-acclaimed series that fans have been asking for, bringing the story up to the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Order 66.”
Last but not least Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk made an appearance to discuss the as-yet-untitled Rogue One prequel streaming series.
It’s remarkably easy to be cynical about Star Wars these days given how badly Lucasfilm have managed the Sequel Trilogy. But by the end of the year, the sequels will be all over bar the fighting and as fans, we’ll have these projects either already out or coming down the road.
I’m not quite positive about the future of Star Wars yet – but the signs are looking good.