If news reports are right, then we better get ready for a whole lot more Star Wars after the current trilogy ends with Episode IX this December.
We already know that there are at least two different movie trilogies being planned: one by David Benioff and W.B. Weiss, best known for being the showrunners of HBO’s Game of Thrones and another from Rian Johnson, the director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Fan reaction to both have been mixed, with many being shocked that Rian Johnson is still being given a trilogy of his own after mixed reactions and backlash from fans due to The Last Jedi. Still, The Last Jedi made tons of money, and Disney likes money. So, it’s not surprising, despite the internet being angry (which we all know doesn’t always sum up the average viewer’s feelings.)
The real news is that Disney+, Disney’s upcoming streaming platform, is possibly planning on creating spinoffs for several Star Wars characters, including Qi’Ra and Lando from Solo: A Star Wars Story and Poe Dameron and Finn from the latest Star Wars trilogy. While it is unknown if these spinoffs will be shows or movies, I think it’s safe to assume anything Star Wars related that is being released exclusively on Disney+ will be in the form of a TV show rather than a film.
While Poe Dameron is an interesting character deserving of his own TV show to give some insight into his backstory, Finn’s arc is well covered in the new trilogy. But who knows – these shows may take place after the events of Episode IX. Currently, we know nothing about the plot for Episode IX so it’s hard to make any guesses as to how that film will affect either of these characters.
It is far more surprising that Qi-Ra and Lando may get their own shows, due to the lackluster reception of Solo during last year’s release. While I’m on the train supporting Solo – it wasn’t nearly as bad as it was made out to be – I still am surprised that Disney would risk money on a project for a character, Qi-Ra, that few known about. Lando, on the other hand, has always been cool. He was cool in the Empire Strikes Back and he’s cool in Solo. If they have Donald Glover on board then I’m down for some swashbuckling space adventures.
These are not the first Star Wars spinoffs announced for Disney+. Already confirmed by Disney is a spinoff involving Cassian Andor, from Rogue One as well as The Mandalorian, which is being helmed by Jon Favreau of Marvel and Swingers fame.
Timelines for these shows have yet to be revealed and, odds are, won’t be until after the release of Episode IX. So until then, all we can do is speculate.
Which of these spinoffs are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments!