The Mandalorian is ushering in a new era of Star Wars, and it looks promising. The hit Star Wars show is surprising fans every week during its already-successful sophomore run on Disney+, bringing in iconic characters from other established projects such as Bo-Katan and Ahsoka.
On top of that, Boba Fett's return was also featured in The Mandalorian, adding more layers to the already-established lore of the Skywalker Saga. Given that, it's clear that The Mandalorian's approach is fan service done right, using the characters as a narrative tool to progress the show's story instead of merely glorified cameos.
And now, the show will further open up the Star Wars mythos due to the arrival of an exciting new spinoff show on Disney+.
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy officially confirmed a new Star Wars spinoff show in the form of Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic. The show will be set within the timeline of The Mandalorian.
Along with the reveal, Kennedy also shared that Rangers and the earlier-announced Ahsoka will culminate in an “event story.”
Hera Syndulla was rumored to be the replacement of Cara Dune in 'Rangers of the New Republic.'
'Rangers of the New Republic' was revealed to "have potentially starred [Gina] Carano, though that was not ever officially confirmed.”
Pedro Pascal revealed that there will be “many unexpected surprises and timelines that are going to be dealt with” in 'Rangers of the New Republic,' in addition to 'The Mandalorian' and 'Ahsoka.'
WHAT THIS MEANS
It looks like the success of The Mandalorian really opened up the Star Wars franchise in surprising ways, and the presence of two new spinoff shows is a prime example of that.
In the current two-season run of The Mandalorian, there were only glimpses of how the New Republic operates after the events of the original trilogy of the Skywalker Saga. With the arrival of Rangers of the New Republic, it will be exciting to see more stories centered on the new governing body of the galaxy.
As for the cast, it seems that the X-Wing pilots that were already featured in The Mandalorian will make an appearance, starting off with Paul Sun-Hyung Lee's Carson Teva. In addition, it was already confirmed in the latest episode of The Mandalorian, "Chapter 14," that Cara Dune is Nevarro's New Republic Marshal. There's a strong chance that Dune will appear in Rangers of the New Republic, further establishing the strong connection of the show to The Mandalorian.
All in all, the next few years will indeed be an exciting new era for Star Wars content, and Rangers of the New Republic will no doubt play a major part in it.