Star Wars Celebration 2023: Lucasfilm Studio Showcase Round-Up
Star Wars Celebration 2023 is upon us, and it’s only fitting the first panel is for the Studio Showcase! There was a lot covered, with the currently running shows and three new movie announcements for Star Wars! Additionally, the studio released two new trailers, one for Ahsoka and the other for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.
The Star Wars Celebration showcase opened with Andor, The Acolyte, Skeleton Crew, and Ahsoka. Andor is still filming, with the end of production set for August of this year. With one year of post-production, showrunner Tony Gilroy is looking for the second season to air on Disney+ in August 2024. Then there was a teaser trailer shown to attendees.
The Acolyte brought most of its diverse cast to the stage and confirmed it is still filming but should be wrapping up soon. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was shown the first four fully finished episodes and said she was blown away. The show is described as Frozen meets Kill Bill. Joonas Suotamo has joined the cast as an original Wookiee Jedi Master (Sorry, High Republic fans, but we’ll find Burryaga). A teaser was shown to attendees, showing star Amandla Stenberg decked out in ninja attire, complete with a mask. It also showed Carrie-Ann Moss as a Jedi and Lee Jung-Jae as a Jedi master. The series will focus on the villains of Star Wars and show how outnumbered they are.
For The Mandalorian, showrunner Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni jumped in and talked about how actor Ahmed Best was the best person to rescue Grogu from Order 66. They showed a few minutes of episode 7 and will showcase the full episode to attendees later today. Skeleton Crew was the next show to get the spotlight, where they talked about how the show is supposed to evoke reminders of classic Amblin films. They shared the complete director list for the show, including showrunner Jon Watts, David Lowery, the Daniels, Jake Schreier, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Lee Isaac Chung. Joining the cast along with previously announced Jude Law are Kerry Condon, Ravi Cabot-Conyers, Kyriana Kratter, and Robert Timothy Smith. A teaser was shown to attendees.
Ahsoka closed out the show part of the panel. During this, they announced a release date for August 2023 and confirmed Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Hera. There is no announcement on who is playing Grand Admiral Thrawn, but a trailer was released to the public.
The first thing shown is a picture of the various Star Wars eras. It was announced the upcoming Star Wars projects will cover all of these. Following that, we did get announcements for new Star Wars films, albeit with no release dates attached. Dave Filoni will direct his first feature film. It will draw all the threads of the “Mandoverse” to a close in the New Republic era. James Mangold has officially joined the Star Wars universe after being rumored to be directing a Boba Fett film. His film takes place in the Dawn of the Jedi era, set 25,000 years in the past. It’s described as a Biblical epic and will follow the first Jedi.
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s film was officially confirmed and will take place in the New Jedi Order era, 15 years after The Rise of Skywalker. Daisy Ridley (who came out on stage) is set to reprise her role as Rey, a Jedi Master building the new order! To close out the panel, Indiana Jones: The Dial of Destiny had a few minutes, and a new trailer for the film was released to the general public!
That concludes the Lucasfilm Studio Showcase for Star Wars Celebration 2023! What got you excited about the future of Star Wars? Let us know in the comments below! Make sure to check out our YouTube channel.