We have a bad – actually no, we have a pretty good feeling about it! Star Wars is getting the engine boost capacity to the max as the new year approaches – lots of new live animations and a major video game.
From the debut of live-action Thrawn to the return of The Mandalorian and Grogu, there’s plenty to follow, so buckle up and… strike!
Star Wars in 2023
The Bad Batch: Season 2
Start the new year with the artists formerly known as Experimental Clone Force 99! Huntah, Ricka, Icko, Tick and Omeega are all free mercenaries for hire now, making their way through the early days of the Empire and discovering that this new world isn’t so kind to the Clones or the Kaminoans who created them in the first place. Bad Batch Season 2 promises a deeper look at the massive galactic transition from the Republic era to the Empire era. Season 2 starts in January on Disney+.
The Mandalorian: Season 3
We would love to see the baby! And we will very soon with the long-awaited return of The Mandalorian season 3, after Grogu definitely chose his daddy over the Jedi Order in The Book of Boba Fett. With some sort of homecoming in the ruins of Mandalore, Din Djarin must redeem himself in the eyes of his Mandalorian sect, and Bo Katan certainly has some thoughts on what it means to be a Mandalorian and who should run the show after the successful claim of Din. from black saber. The trailer showed us old friends like Greef Karga, Peli Motto, and Babu Frik, but who knows what Luke Skywalker-level cameos might be in store? The next ride with the Mudhorn Clan begins March 1 on Disney+.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
And while we’re talking about the survivors of Order 66, Cal Kestis returns to the next stage of his adventure five years after the events of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Seemingly showcasing new Force abilities and lightsaber fighting styles, Cal will see how far he will go to protect his loved ones as he flees the far reaches of the Empire in even more uncertain times. We’ll see Cal, BD-1, and more return on March 16.
Five years between games is a long time, lore-wise, and to fill in the gaps, there’s also a prequel novel set during that interval. In Star Wars Jedi: Battle Scars, Cal forms a bond with the crew of the Stinger Mantis, but he’ll have to face characters like the fifth brother, introduced in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series from Disney+. You can discover this novel a week before the release of Jedi Survivor on March 7, 2023.
Star Wars: Adventures of the Young Jedi
And speaking of the Jedi Academy…yes, it’s overkill, but Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures is a new series centered around the young people of the High Republic time. Keep in mind that this show is intended for Young youngsters, kindergarten through elementary school, so keep the edgy takedowns of how this show breaks the canon to a minimum by including an Ewok teddy bear or something. Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures is coming to Disney+ in the spring of 2023.
Star Wars: Visions Vol. 2
Star Wars: Visions, the animated anthology series boasting nine animated shorts produced by seven Japanese animation studios, is back for a second volume. This time the sourcing will be more international, with animation from Japanese, Indian, British, Irish, French, South African, Chilean and American studios. For Volume 1, the studios each received a lot of freedom to interpret and express Star Wars lore as they saw fit, and Volume 2 seeks to take things even further culturally. Star Wars: Visions Vol. 2 is set to launch in early 2023 on Disney+.
Star Wars: Ahsoka
After seeing Rosario Dawson debut as the live-action version of a fan-favorite Force Wielder in The Mandalorian, fans want more from Ahsoka Tano. This of course includes fans of the Star Wars Rebels animated series, especially since it’s been teased that Season 1 of Ahsoka will feature the return of characters Sabine Wren, Ezra Bridger and (so far unofficially ) Hera Syndulla and Chopper. Hayden Christensen is also set to reprise his role as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader – Ahsoka’s mentor has become the baddest villain in the galaxy. Every clash between these two characters so far has been nothing short of electric, so we’re looking forward to the live action shoot. Ahsoka doesn’t have an official release date, but is expected in the latter part of 2023 on Disney+.
Star Wars: Skeleton Crew
Star Wars: Skeleton Crew is a new upcoming – and mysterious – live-action television series starring Jude Law. Advertised by Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau at Star Wars Celebration 2022, it seems the closest analogy for the show would be to call it Stranger Things from the Star Wars universe. Seriously, there isn’t much information about this show yet, only that it’s an Amblin-style coming-of-age story about a group of kids lost in space at the era of The Mandalorian, and that she was originally codenamed “Rodeo of Grammar” which is at least a pretty brilliant Simpsons reference. Creator Jon Watts (director of the Tom Holland Spider-man films) only revealed the following: “It’s the story of their journey trying to find their way home. It stars four children, but it’s not is not a children’s show.” Star Wars: Goonies, uh, Skeleton Crew is set to release in 2023 on Disney+.
Looking to the future of Star Wars beyond 2023
Andor: Season 2
After wrapping up what many of us call one of the best things about the Star Wars universe, Andor season 2 is definitely something we can’t wait to see. Season 1 gave us not only Cassian Andor’s path to the Rebel Alliance, but also the Alliance’s path to becoming a necessity for those who oppose the Empire through the stories of characters like Mon Mothma and Luther Rael. While Season 1 covered the course of a year, five years before Rogue One, Season 2 is expected to detail much more and introduce the beloved loyal droid K2-SO. With very high reviews and viewership scores for Andor season 1, we can’t expect more from showrunner Tony Gilroy’s slow-moving Star Wars storytelling. Season 2 of Andor doesn’t have a release date, but it will likely appear in 2024 at the earliest on Disney+.
Every Upcoming Star Wars Movie and TV Show
Star Wars: The Acolyte
We now have plot details for Star Wars: The Acolyte, Star Wars’ first Sith-fronted entry. Featuring a Sith scheme to infiltrate the Jedi at the end of the High Republic era, this mysterious thriller promises to show the rise of the dark side of the Force as a former padawan reunites with her Jedi master to investigate something which we’re guessing here will be very Sith-related and far more sinister and monstrous than what the Jedi are used to dealing with at this time. Boasting a killer cast with Amandla Stenberg, Dafne Keen, Carrie-Anne Moss and Manny Jacinto among others, this is one Star Wars story you’ll want to make sure you don’t miss. There are no release date details for The Acolyte yet, but it looks like it will be eight episodes and, of course, on Disney+.
Of course, beyond those titles, the Star Wars machine has a slew of other movies, shows, and more in the works. See you on our list of all upcoming Star Wars movies and TV shows for the full list, which includes development projects, titles to be determined, and more!
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