Everything’s coming up Star Wars at the moment. With Star Wars: The Last Jedi (opens in new tab)just around the corner and the just-announced new Rian Johnson-led trilogy (opens in new tab) on the horizon, you’d be forgiven for thinking there isn’t enough space to cram in any more adventures from a galaxy far, far away. You’d be wrong. Star Wars is getting its first ever fully-fledged live-action TV show.
Announced alongside that new trilogy, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed (H/T Variety (opens in new tab)) very little about the TV show other than it wouldn’t be a cartoon a la Star Wars Rebels and that it would live exclusively on Disney’s new Netflix-rivalling streaming service. Here’s the catch: that’s not hitting until 2019 at the earliest.
While that may seem like a long time to wait, it’s worth remembering that there will be three Star Wars movies out before the service rolls out, with the Han Solo movie (opens in new tab) and Star Wars 9 (opens in new tab) releasing in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
Some may think it amounts to overkill, but I’m excited. This is a real chance to move away from the Skywalker Saga (as exciting as it is) and to explore previously untouched stories.
Star Wars: Rogue One (opens in new tab) was a big hit in that respect and – for now – our imaginations can run wild. Imagine a 13-episode Knights of The Old Republic adaptation, or something that properly fleshes out the gap between The Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (opens in new tab). It could even switch genres. My dream show? A neo-noir detective story set on Coruscant.
What would you like to see from a Star Wars TV show? Let us know in the comments!
It’s easy to forget Star Wars: The Last Jedi is only a month away. Be sure to read up on why Mark Hamill desperately needed a mountain guide when filming his Ahch-To scenes (opens in new tab) to avoid plummeting to his death. Then try not to recoil in horror at the first look at Baby Porgs (opens in new tab). They are not cute.