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Three films announced and more – Star Wars Celebrations day one recap

Star Wars Celebrations day one pulls no punches with the Lucasfilm showcase, revealing several new snippets of information for fans to get excited about. There was TV news, movie news, and across the timeline too. 

Starting with the most important, is the confirmation of three new movies. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s untitled film, something that’s been rumoured for some time, has been officially confirmed.

It will be set 15 years after The Rise of Skywalker, and will focus on the return of the Jedi Order. 

Daisy Ridley is set to return as Rey Skywalker, and the film will take place in a new time period called The New Jedi Order.

The second film will be the earliest in the Star Wars timeline, even earlier than the High Republic. James Mangold will be continuing his partnership with Lucasfilm after the release of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, and directing his own Star Wars film.  

It will take place  25,000 years before A New Hope, and will explore the origins of the Jedi Order. The time period it takes place in is called Dawn of the Jedi. 

And finally, the Star Wars veteran Dave Filoni is getting to direct his own film. Set in the timeline of The Mandalorian, it will culminate the story begun by the show and all others around it. 

The main focus will be the New Republic’s war against a resurgent Imperial Remnant. No characters have been confirmed, but it’s highly likely the Imperials will be led by Grand Admiral Thrawn. 

Speaking of the good admiral, he will make his live action appearance in Ahsoka, releasing on Disney+ in August 2023. 

Audiences got to see a teaser for the series, with several familiar faces and some new ones. 

Moving to Andor, an August 2024 release window was confirmed. A trailer was shown at Celebrations. 

Skeleton Crew got episode directors confirmed. They are Jon Watts, David Lowery, The Daniels, Jake Schreier, Bryce Dalls Howard and Lee Isaac Chung. 

The show is in post-production, and some early footage was shown. 

Jude Law’s character will be force sensitive, and Vane, a pirate introduced in The Mandalorian season three will return for the show. 

The Acolyte got an awesome new logo, and a 2024 release year. Joonas Suotamo is returning to Star Wars as a new Wookiee Jedi called Kelnacca. 

Showrunner Leslye Headland revealed that the show is a “mix between Frozen and Kill Bill” with inspiration from Akira Kurosawa’s films of the 1950s.

It will be more spiritual in nature, as the time period the show is set is a peaceful one. 

Four episodes have been completed, and some early footage was shown. 

The Mandalorian got no additional news, but the opening of Chapter 23 was shown, teasing the return of a familiar character. 

Finally, even though it isn’t part of the Star Wars franchise, a new trailer for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny was released, and those at the panel saw a clip of the film. More familiar faces have also been teased. 

This is all of the news coming out of the first day of Star Wars Celebrations, but days two three and four are bound to give fans even more. 

Kieran Burt

My name is Kieran and I am based in the UK. I love writing about all things science fiction and fantasy, particularly Star Wars and Marvel. When I’m not writing or watching anything sci-fi related, you can probably find me exploring the open worlds of alternate lands through my Xbox.

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