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Movie + Casting News, Release Dates, More – Deadline


Disney and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Celebration event has hit London, where Lucasfilm execs and creatives are currently revealing some of the projects the studio is set to blast into a galaxy far away.

First up, Lucasfilm studio exec Kathleen Kennedy rolled on stage and welcomed the 4500-capacity crowd to the event, which is the 15th Star Wars Celebration.

The event is taking place at the ExCeL Centre in London. The venue holds the UK’s largest auditorium, but it’s still barely big enough to accommodate the weekend’s festivities, where thousands of fans have turned up with their lightsabers to celebrate the Jedi universe and its many iterations. Events at the ExCel Centre run across the Easter weekend, ending Monday evening.

Here’s a live list of what has been announced so far:

Andor

Andor creator Tony Gilroy said the show’s second and final season will debut in August 2024 before debuting a teaser trailer at Star Wars Celebration London. 

“We started shooting in November. We’re halfway. We will finish shooting in August, a year on post, and we’ll come out in the following August,” Gilroy said.

The teaser trailer was introduced by Gilroy who was joined on stage by the majority of the show’s cast including lead actors Diego Luna and Andy Serkis. The teaser featured footage of Luna’s character free and on a mission against time.

Later when asked about the show ending with the upcoming season, Gilroy said he and the crew are “very pleased” the show is ending in the near future because they know exactly where the story is heading.

“We know exactly where we’re going so you know what you have to deliver,” he said. “It was a decision born of survival, but it’s been creatively potent. We’re very pleased, it’s good to know there’s an ending coming.”

The Acolyte

The Acolyte creator Leslye Headland told the London crowd that her new original Star Wars series will be set during a time period between the high republic and the beginning of the prequel films. Headland that this is the first furthest back the Star Wars series has been in the live-action universe.  

Headland was joined on stage by the main cast including The Hate U Give actress Amandla Stenberg and Squid Game Emmy Award-winner Lee Jung-jae.

The show is currently shooting in London but a teaser trailer was shared with fans in London. The footage features Carrie-Anne Moss as a Jedi Master in battle with Stenberg. Jung-Jae can also be seen wielding a lightsaber.

When asked about the theme and structure of the show, Headland said she pitched the idea for Acolyte to Kathleen Kennedy as a “mix between Frozen and Kill Bill” with inspiration from Akira Kurosawa’s films of the 1950s.

Skeleton Crew 

Jude Law and Jon Favreau debuted the first trailer for Skeleton Crew on stage at the ExCel. The trailer features new characters centered around the lives of a group of rebellious kids traveling the galaxy. Jude Law features in the trailer as a Jedi with a new look: a clean shaved head. 

On stage, Favreau confirmed the series will feature episodes directed by Jon Watts, David Lowery, The Daniels, Jake Schreier, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Lee Isaac Chung. 

“I was six years old when this galaxy gripped me, blew my mind, and I feel like I’ve been in prep ever since,” Law said of his role in the show.

Ahsoka 

Rosario Dawson confirmed on stage that the Ahsoka series will debut in August 2023. She was joined on stage by Mary Elizabeth Winstead who confirmed that she is playing Hera Syndulla in the series. The pair also shared a teaser trailer for the show.

The trailer opens in the desert, with a voiceover featuring Dawson who says: “Something is coming, something dark.”

Star Wars Films

Daisy Ridley will lead a new series of Star Wars films directed by James Mangold, Dave Filoni, and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. Introducing the new series, Kennedy said the films will explore events within the universe “15 years after the events of the Rise of Skywalker.”

Obaid-Chinoy said her film “will tell the story of rebuilding the new Jedi order.”

More to follow.





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