2023 will be a busy year for Star Wars on Disney+. Here’s an overview of every Star Wars show expected to premiere on the streaming service this year.
The Star Wars Disney+ release slate is jam-packed for 2023, as many shows are set to debut or return for their latest seasons. Though Star Wars hasn’t released any new films since the final installment of the divisive sequel trilogy, the advent of Disney+ has allowed Star Wars to explore smaller corners of the Star Wars galaxy and discover new characters through its numerous TV shows. From live-action to animation, Star Wars has something in store for everyone this year. Audiences are more excited than ever to see what the franchise has up its sleeve since the success of last year’s releases, most notably Obi-Wan Kenobi and Andor.
2023 is shaping up to be Star Wars’ biggest year yet on Disney+. Perhaps the most hotly anticipated Star Wars show this year is the return of The Mandalorian, which will come back for season 3, but the live-action debut of certain Star Wars Rebels characters in Ahsoka is also beginning to generate some serious hype, along with the return of Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader and his and Ahsoka’s possible reunion.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch season 2 premiered with two episodes on Jan. 4 and will continue to air episodes weekly on Wednesdays until March 29. On a few other occasions, two episodes will drop as well, including on Feb. 8 and a two-episode finale on March 29. The Bad Batch season 2 will continue to follow the exploits of Clone Force 99 in the wake of the Empire’s victory in the galaxy as they try to survive and figure out how to exist in this new reality. In addition, The Bad Batch is sure to have some surprises in store, as the official trailer already teased an appearance by Emperor Palpatine and the return of the young Jedi Gungi.
Since The Book of Boba Fett already reunited Din Djarin and Grogu after the memorable events of The Mandalorian season 2 finale, The Mandalorian season 3 is primed to delve deeper into Mandalorian culture and the ever-present struggle to take back control of their homeworld. The trailer for The Mandalorian season 3 has teased tensions rising between Din Djarin and Bo-Katan Kryze, as Din still has control of the infamous Darksaber, which technically gives him the right to rule Mandalore. The Mandalorian season 3 is set to premiere on Disney+ on March 1, airing weekly on Wednesdays. As such, it will overlap with The Bad Batch season 2’s final few episodes.
Star Wars: Visions introduced a whole new animation style to the world of Star Wars – anime. Made in conjunction with some of the world’s best anime creators, this anthology series explored the world of Star Wars through entirely new characters and scenarios in nine self-contained episodes. Star Wars: Visions’ episodes and stories aren’t currently considered canon, but they provide a world of storytelling possibilities. There is no official release date yet confirmed, but season 2 is slated to debut in Spring 2023. The first season of Star Wars: Visions dropped all in one go, and this is likely to happen again, just as with the more recent Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi.
Young Jedi Adventures is a new animated series specifically aimed at young children and their families. It will follow the adventures of a new class of aspiring Jedi Younglings during the High Republic Era. This will be the first Disney+ Star Wars venture set during the High Republic Era, a previously unexplored Star Wars era that has so far found great success in the world of publishing. Like Star Wars: Visions, Young Jedi Adventures is set to premiere on Disney+ in Spring 2023, though no official date is set yet. This series may drop in one go, just as previous smaller animated projects like Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi and Star Wars: Visions did.
Though Ahsoka herself has already had her live-action debut in season 2 of The Mandalorian (and she subsequently featured in The Book of Boba Fett), Ahsoka’s live-action solo series is perhaps one of Star Wars’ most anticipated 2023 projects. Though not much has been revealed about the show thus far, the confirmed live-action casting of some of Star Wars Rebels’ animated characters heavily suggests that Ahsoka will act as a sequel to the hit show. Though there is no confirmed release date yet, Ahsoka began production in May 2022, so a Fall 2023 release slot is likely, as the first official trailer for Ahsoka may debut at this year’s Star Wars Celebration.
Star Wars: Skeleton Crew was announced at 2022’s Star Wars Celebration and was confirmed to release in 2023, though no date has been officially set. In a surprising announcement, Jude Law was introduced as the show’s star, which will follow a group of young kids who get lost in the vast Star Wars galaxy and are trying to make their way home. Skeleton Crew will take place after Return of the Jedi and will fit into a similar timeline as The Mandalorian and Ahsoka, leaving room for overlap – John Favreau and Dave Filoni are producers on the show, while Spider-Man’s John Watts and Christopher Ford co-created the new series.
Star Wars: The Acolyte is another highly anticipated Star Wars TV release. Also set during the High Republic, it will be that era’s first live-action outing on Disney+ and will follow the exploits of the Sith instead of mainly focusing on the Jedi. The Acolyte will star Amandla Stenberg, Dafne Keen, Carrie-Ann Moss, Manny Jacinto, and Lee Jung-jae, among others. Though IMDb currently lists The Acolyte as releasing in Aug. 2023, this seems unlikely, given production only started in Nov. 2022. A late 2023 release date is still certainly possible, however. For example, it could premiere in Dec. 2023 and continue into the new year, just as The Book of Boba Fett did back in 2021.
While the creative differences have plagued the movie side of the Star Wars franchise, missed production schedules, and an-ever changing director roster, the future of Star Wars TV has never looked brighter. The 2023 show slate is set to explore new eras of the Star Wars timeline, something that has been sorely lacking in previous outings, as well as introducing new characters that stray further away from the all-encompassing Skywalker legacy. There’s certainly a show for every type of Star Wars fan, and with a galaxy this massive, the opportunities for more exciting and far-reaching storytelling are endless.
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