Star Wars: Andor, The Mandalorian, and Ahsoka release windows confirmed

The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and the Child in THE MANDALORIAN, season two, exclusively on Disney+
The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and the Child in THE MANDALORIAN, season two, exclusively on Disney+ /

We’re just around the corner from Obi-Wan Kenobi, the next Star Wars series to come to Disney+, but that’s only the beginning. Vanity Fair has just published a monstrously long feature about Lucasfilm’s slate of upcoming Star Wars TV shows, giving us new information about AndorAhsokaThe Mandalorian and more.

One particularly juicy bit of info is that, for the first time, we have a solid confirmation on when we’ll actually get to see some of these shows. According to VF, who presumably got this info straight from Lucasfilm, Andor is slated to come out in summer 2022, making it the next Star Wars show we’ll see after Obi-Wan Kenobi. It’ll be a spy thriller that explores Rogue One lead Cassian Andor’s (Diego Luna) journey from “self-serving nihilist into a selfless martyr.” The show will also feature the return of Genevieve O’Reilly, who played the Rebel leader Mon Mothma in Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One. Apparently, she will feature heavily in the series.

After Andor drops this summer, the next show on the Star Wars calendar is The Mandalorian season 3, which is expected in late 2022 or early 2023. This conflicts with something that Moff Gideon actor Giancarlo Esposito said a while back when he predicted the show would be out in August 2022. Whether he was getting the dates mixed up with Andor or The Mandalorian just needed more time in post-production, it’ll be a minute before we catch up with Mando and Baby Yoda.

Image: The Mandalorian/Disney+
Image: The Mandalorian/Disney+ /

Ahsoka release date

Once Andor and The Mandalorian season 3 drop, the next Star Wars show on the docket is Ahsoka, which stars Rosario Dawson as the titular Force-wielder. We first saw Dawson assume the role in season 2 of The Mandalorian and then again in The Book of Boba Fett. According to Star Wars guru Dave Filoni, the goal has always been to work toward Ahsoka having her own series.

“It is definitely driving toward a goal, in my mind, as opposed to being little singular adventures. That’s what I want the character to be doing, and I think that’s what fans want now,” Filoni said. “They have such a relationship with her. I’ve only recently started to understand that all those kids that watched Clone Wars are now a lot older—they’re very excited about all the things they grew up with, as they should be.”

Ahsoka is still a ways off; it hasn’t yet started filming and isn’t expected to stream on Disney+ until sometime in 2023. However, Ewan McGregor did confirm in the article that his partner Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World10 Cloverfield Lane) is “doing that Star Wars series with Rosario and she’s about to start.” So while we’ll be waiting some time for Ahsoka, it does sound like the ball is rolling.

The next Star Wars movie will be from Taika Waititi

We got new info about new Star Wars movies in production as well. The next Star Wars film to come out will be directed by Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi; we don’t know much about the movie. It’ll likely be out sometime in late 2023.

There’s also Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron movie, which has undergone some delays. That will likely be out after Waititi’s. Then there’s The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson’s trilogy of Star Wars movies, which were announced years ago but got into trouble after The Last Jedi divided the fanbase. Star Wars boss Kennedy doesn’t say they’re cancelled, but she doesn’t say they’re moving forward, either:

"Rian has been unbelievably busy with Knives Out and the deal that he made at Netflix for multiple movies… I hesitate to use the word trilogies anymore because Star Wars is much more about persistent storytelling."

Finally, Marvel Studios CEO Kevin Feige is working on a Star Wars movie. But like the rest of these feature projects, we know very little about it. Things are much more solid on the TV side.

In the meantime, the next Star Wars series on Disney+ is Obi-Wan Kenobi, which features the return of Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan and Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. The first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi premiere on May 27, with the remaining four dropping weekly on Wednesdays after that.

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