Star Wars Celebration is done for another year. This Memorial Day weekend gave us plenty of news about even more Star Wars. One thing is for sure, even though the shine has well and truly gone from Star Wars for many people here, it still gives us a lot to talk about.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy made a big statement about learning from mistakes around Solo and not recasting popular characters. Total Film put her on the spot about this and she clarified that there is one exception:
“I never say never [about recasting]. It’s certainly not something that we’re doing with any intention right now.
We’re still talking about Lando with Donald Glover, for instance, but I don’t think we would intentionally just look back at some of the characters like Luke and Leia and whatnot and decide arbitrarily to do a story.
There would have to be a really strong reason why.”
On a panel later in the day, The Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau hammered yet another nail in the fan theory about split timelines when he referred directly to pre-existing canon when he was asked about how their show might end by Collider:
“I think Dave [Filoni] and I talked about this a lot. And, it’s interesting how things evolve and change in small ways, but we all know where everything’s going to end because of when the time period ends.
We know that the First Order is going to appear. So, there are things on the horizon that we know, but that’s 25 years in the future. Within that, we also know storylines that are going to unfold within the characters that we’re either inheriting or developing.
So, I would say that there is a lot of preparation done in broad strokes with how do these storylines that we’ve established culminate, but we’re doing that within the confines and parameters of what’s pre-existing in canon.”
The cast and crew were reunited for the panel including new Executive Producer Rick Famuyiwa, who directed several episodes so far.
One big happy Mando family!
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Also as part of the event, Lucasfilm has released a trailer for the second season of the animated series Star Wars: The Bad Batch.
This show gets very strong notices from Star Wars fans and serves as a sequel to Dave Filoni’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars show. The new episodes will be on Disney+ this autumn.
There is another animated show on the way – Tales of the Jedi. This will consist of six episodes exploring points in the life of Jedi such as Ahsoka Tano and Count Dooku. It was announced that Liam Neeson will reprise his role as Qui-Gon Jinn for one of the Dooku episodes and Neeson’s own son will voice a younger version of Qui-Gon.
Finally, Star Wars Visions, which involved different Japanese anime studios creating shorts, will return for a second run in the future.
We are afraid this franchise will be quite operational by the time your friends arrive.