‘Star Wars’ releases new images of ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’, ‘Andor’, ‘Ahsoka’ and first details of ‘The Acolyte’
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For a start we rearrange the galactic timeline, that this always comes in handy. Despite the rumors, and the fact that Giancarlo Esposito himself seemed to place the premiere of season 3 of ‘The Mandalorian’ before the release of ‘Andor’, Vanity Fair clarifies dates in an extensive report with new photos of the next galactic series.
‘Andor’, television fiction starring the spy played by ‘Diego Luna’, would arrive at Disney + at the end of this summer; and the next Mandalorian, which would resume the adventures of Pedro Pascal’s character with Baby Yoda aka Grogu, could be seen in late 2022 or early 2023. Thus the priority for Lucasfilm, after the premiere of ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ this 27 May, it would clearly be telling the story of Cassian Andor and what drew him to the Galactic Rebellion. Tony Gilroy, executive producer of this series, advance that “it’s the journey of an immigrant, someone who is really resistant to revolution. A cynical bit lost and a bit of a mess”.
As Gilroy progresses, the plot begins with the destruction of the homeworld of Andor so “His adopted home will become the basis for the entire first season, and we will see how that place is radicalized. We will also travel to another planet that is completely dismantled because the Empire is expanding rapidly. They’re killing anyone who gets in their way.“. Moon adds that “That feeling of having to move is something very deep and very strong, that changes you as a person. It defines you in many ways, and marks what you are willing to do”.
‘Andor’ and ‘Obi-Wan’ follow the path that ‘The Mandalorian’ began with great success, a triumph behind which Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni meet, two creative props of ‘Star Wars’ who have managed to work together despite their differences. Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, assures that she initially feared that the pair would not hit it off, something necessary because the two had ideas for a Mandalorian series, and she wanted them to work together. Fortunately, after the first meeting there was chemistry and truly just one sticking point: Grogu. “Honestly, it’s something I would never have done because Yoda is Yoda, but we have been very cautious. Charting this child’s journey has taken a lot of effort.”Philoni says.
This effort has been rewarded with an unbeatable reception from fans, who count the minutes to see Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen retaking the roles they played in the prequels. ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’, after considering a film with Stephen Daldry as director and McGregor himself as producer, has ended up opting for a series with Deborah Chow at the helm. The vision of this filmmaker caught on because she knew how to highlight the “love story” between both Jedi that can be seen “throughout the prequels and through the original trilogy”hence the immediate inclusion of Darth Vader. “I felt it was quite difficult not to include the person who left Kenobi in such heartbreak. Obi-Wan will always care about Anakin. The special thing about that relationship is that they loved each other“.
For his part, Christensen could not be more delighted with the idea because Vader is a character who has “definite” your life in many ways. “Originally I was hired to play a very specific part of this person’s life. Most of my work was with Anakin. And now I get to go back and explore the character of Darth Vader. A lot of my conversations with Deborah were about wanting transmit a feeling of strength within that prison in which he lives. There is power and vulnerability, and I think this is an interesting space to explore.“.
After ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ and ‘Andor’ we would see ‘Ahsoka’, a series starring Rosario Dawson that will also feature Mary Elizabeth Winstead, McGregor’s current partner. “Our little boy was born as part of this great family that is ‘Star Wars’. Either he joins the team or he’ll go a completely different direction. I don’t know. Maybe it’s a trekkie!“laughs McGregor. Along with this female duo it is rumored that we would also see Christensen, something that has yet to be confirmed.
What is clear is that fans can trust that Ahsoka has the series she deserves, because Filoni himself is behind this proposal that would continue what was launched in ‘The Mandalorian’ and ‘The Book of Boba Fett’, launching this Jedi on the hunt for the villain Thrawn, who disappeared at the end of the animated series ‘Star Wars Rebels’. “Ahsoka is the continuation of the story. We’re definitely building her with a goal in mind, not as little adventures. That’s what I want the character to do, and I think that’s what the fans want as well.”.
Placing ‘The Acolyte’
‘The Acolyte’, a series for which Amandla Stenberg is rumored to star, is still casting, but scripts are well advanced. It is told by her showrunner, Leslye Headland, co-creator of ‘Russian Doll’ for Netflix, assuring that she has two years immersed in its development, exploring the era of the Galactic High Republic. In addition, Headland reveals that ‘The Acolyte’ takes place approximately 100 years before ‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace’: “A lot of those characters aren’t even born yet. We’re going to explore the political climate and personal plots that arose in a time period we don’t know much about.. My question when watching ‘The Phantom Menace’ was always, ‘Well, how did things get to this point? How do we get to a point where a Sith Lord can infiltrate the Senate without any of the Jedi noticing? What went wrong? What has brought us to this moment?'”.
Thus this mystery-filled thriller is set in a prosperous and apparently peaceful era, when the galaxy is still shimmering. “In fact, we use the term Renaissance or Age of Enlightenment”Headland points out, emphasizing that the Jedi were not always those frugal knights who live selflessly and bravely. “The Jedi uniforms are gold and white, and it’s almost like they never get dirty, like they never leave the house.. They get into so little trouble that they can wear these suits”.
After this we would have one more series on the horizon, a project that doesn’t even have a title, just a code name: Grammar Rodeo, a nod to an episode of ‘The Simpsons’ in which Bart and his classmates steal a car and They run away for a week. this fiction takes place during the post-‘Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi’ rebuild following the fall of the Empire, much like ‘The Mandalorian’, but its plot remains a secret. At the moment it is only known that Jon Watts and Chris Ford (‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’) are the executive producers, and that we would be facing a galactic version of the classic 80s adventure movies.