The launch of Disney+ in November of last year opened up a new horizon for Lucasfilm to provide on-screen Star Wars content to audiences on-demand. The Mandalorian’s success with critics and fans alike was exactly what Disney and Lucasfilm had hoped to have with their first live-action Star Wars series, as a second season has been announced for a Fall 2020 release. Other live-action Star Wars shows that Lucasfilm plans to release on the Disney+ platform includes an Obi-Wan Kenobi series starring Ewan McGregor and a Cassian Andor-focused series with Diego Luna reprising his role from 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. On the animated side, the seventh and final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars will debut on Disney+ this February. It now appears that Lucasfilm will continue to expand their Disney+ library with another animated series.
According to sources from both Kessel Run Transmissions and Star Wars Unity, a follow-up show to Star Wars Rebels, which aired from 2014-2018, is rumored to be in development at Lucasfilm. This “sequel series,” the title which is unknown, will debut on Disney+ this year, per these sources. This rumor claims that this new series will follow Ahsoka Tano and Sabine Wren after the conclusion of Star Wars Rebels. It is being assumed by Kessel Run Transmissions that this is the series that longtime Lucasfilm producer and Star Wars Rebels creator Dave Filoni has hinted at being involved with.
WHAT THIS MEANS
In a year with zero Star Wars movies, 2020 will see three new seasons of Star Wars shows, provided that this Star Wars Rebels follow-up series does, in fact, release this year. Lucasfilm hopes that these new seasons will keep fans satisfied as the drought of Star Wars feature films begins (the next Star Wars movie is expected to be released in late 2022). It is also an assuring sign to fans that Dave Filoni, who has become one of Lucasfilm’s leading creative forces on the television side, will likely have involvement in this series. Filoni has had a heavy hand in the production of almost every Star Wars show that Lucasfilm has produced since the last 2000s, so this news of his association with this series comes as little surprise.
If this rumored series turns out to actually be in development for a 2020 release, it does provide some insight into Lucasfilm and Disney’s thought process for the future of Star Wars. For one, it shows how Lucasfilm’s mindset for new Star Wars on-screen content continues to focus on characters that audiences are familiar with. Additionally, the release of another new Disney+ Star Wars series like this one signifies the strong push that Disney is making to provide new original content on its streaming platform.