Everything We Learned About Disney’s Plans for Lucasfilm at the D23 Expo

Adam Driver as Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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It’s been nearly four years since a Star Wars movie hit theaters, but the long-running franchise is making its mark on television.

Fans of stories from a galaxy far, far away learned more about Disney’s plans for the franchise at the company’s D23 Expo on Saturday.

Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm, took the stage at the D23 Expo to share new details about Lucasfilm’s Star Wars projects and other franchises under the umbrella, including Willow and Indiana Jones.

Here’s an overview of what audiences can expect from Lucasfilm in the coming years:

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Kennedy introduced several cast members from “Andor,” which will be released on Disney+ on September 21. Diego Luna plays Cassian Andor, who reprises his role from 2016’s “Rogue One”, and is an executive producer on the project. Genevieve O’Reilly also returns as Mon Mothma.

The series, which Kennedy described as a spy thriller, is set five years before the events of ‘Rogue One’.

Other cast members include Adria Arjona as Bix, an on-and-off love interest of Cassian again, and Kyle Soller as Syril, an evil member of the Galactic Empire.

Dave Filoni, who ushered in a new era of Star Wars animation with “Clone Wars,” unveiled a trailer for “Tales of the Jedi,” a series of six animated shorts, three focusing on Ahsoka Tano and three on Count Dooku. Each short film is set at a different point in each character’s life, bringing back characters like Qui-Gon Jinn, Anakin Skywalker, and Mace Windu.

Jon Favreau, Filoni’s partner on “The Mandalorian” series, arrived to discuss the live-action “Ahsoka” series starring Rosario Dawson in the title role and share details about other projects the Lucasfilm team is working on.

Favreau has announced that Jon Watts, who directed ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’, will be co-directing ‘Skeleton Crew’ with Chris Ford, an upcoming Disney+ show set in the New Republic. The series stars Jude Law and follows a group of four children as they try to get home. Little further was shared about the project, which is currently in production.

To celebrate the third season of “The Mandalorian”, Filoni and Favreau cast executive producer Rick Famuyiwa in addition to the cast, including Pedro Pascal, Katee Sackhoff, Emily Swallow, Amy Sedaris and Giancarlo Esposito. Lucasfilm provided a teaser for the new season, which promises even more armored Mandalorians, high-octane action, and plenty of the kid known as Grogu.

The next season will be released on Disney+ in 2023.

Indiana Jones

James Mangold, the director of the fifth “Indiana Jones”, showed footage from the next installment in the franchise, with Harrison Ford in the title role. The action-packed clips showed epic car chases and Ford racing through a subway on horseback.

Ford, visibly emotional as he took the stage, received a standing ovation, saying the new “Indiana Jones” is “a movie that will kick your ass.”

He also noted that this will be his last turn as the archaeologist-adventurer says with a laugh, “I won’t fall for you anymore.”

The film, which also stars Phoebe Waller-Bridge, will hit theaters on June 30, 2023.

Willow

Reprising his role as Willow, Warwick Davis took the stage along with Christian Slater and other members of the “Willow” cast to share a trailer for the new Disney+ series. The new show is a sequel to the 1988 cult classic of the same name.

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