Wow, the D23 Expo was full of amazing news and content for Star Wars fans. We got first looks at season 3 of The Mandalorian and updates on the upcoming series Tales Of The Jedi and The Bad Batch. Lucasfilm definitely gave fans a lot to look forward to in the coming months. The only noticeable absence was any information on any Star Wars feature films, which appear to be in a state of limbo. Fans are certainly anxious for any news on Star Wars movies, but it seems we’ll have to wait a bit longer for clarity on those. Keep reading for the highlights of what was revealed during D23.
THE MANDALORIAN SEASON 3
“You are a Mandalorian no more.”, not if Din Jarin has something to say about it. The teaser trailer for The Mandalorian season 3 was released during D23 and shows the return of the Mandalorian, Grogu, Bo Katan, and others. The trailer also provided a quick glimpse of the return of Doctor Pershing. It also seems we will be in store for a tiny-cuteness faceoff as Babu Frik makes an appearance this season. Season 3 will pick up after The Book of Boba Fett and is set for a 2023 release date. As a big fan of The Mandalorian, this trailer is amazing. I had the privilege of seeing it previously at Star Wars Celebration, but it is not any less exciting seeing it again. This was my favorite part of Star Wars content from D23. I’m excited to see the direction they are going with this season and can’t wait for it to release in January.
With just a handful of days until its premiere, Lucasfilm revealed the final trailer for Andor, and it looks great. The series will hit Disney+ on September 21 with a three-episode premiere. It takes place five years before the events of Rogue One and will see the return of Diego Luna as Cassian Andor as he’s recruited into the rebellion against the Empire. I am very curious to see this series, as it looks to be taking a very grounded approach, much like Rogue One. Andor was filmed without the use of “The Volume” digital stage that other Star Wars shows have used. So it will be interesting to see how this contributes to the overall look and feel of the series,
TALES OF THE JEDI
This series has flown a bit under the radar this year. The majority of Star Wars attention in 2022 has been focused on Obi–Wan Kenobi and Andor. However, Tales Of The Jedi does look to be a worthy entry into Star Wars content. It will be made up of 6 shorts in total, with 3 focusing on Ahsoka and 3 on Count Dooku, and be released on October 26. The episodes will focus on each Jedi at different periods of their lives we haven’t seen before. The series will also see the return of Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn, Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker, and Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano. Lucasfilm gave fans a first look at the series with an official trailer and it looks fantastic. I’m excited to see these new untold stories of Ahsoka and Dooku.
THE BAD BATCH SEASON 2
A little bit of bad news on The Bad Batch, as it was announced that season 2 of the animated series has been pushed to January 2023. Season 2 was announced back in 2021, so fans have been patiently awaiting the return of Clone Force 99. The official release date is now January 4, 2023. It will feature a two-episode premiere and run for 16 episodes total.
AHSOKA & JUDE LAW FIRST LOOKS
Even though we didn’t get any footage for Ahsoka or Skeleton Crew, Lucasfilm did give fans a look at some production photos. Ahsoka did also have some big casting news revealed, with Eman Esfandi cast in the role of Ezra Bridger. Both of these series are expected to release in 2023. Fans can expect more news on both of these in the coming months, perhaps with more revealed at Star Wars Celebration in London next Spring.
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