Fans of Star Wars like me have been waiting for the next season of The Mandalorian or some news on when this thing will come out, and now we have to wait no more as it’s not going to be much but we do need to hold out a while longer. According to reports the Lucasfilms/Disney+ series will not go into production until late 2021 or even early 2022. In the meantime, however, there’s plenty more Star Wars content headed to our television screens on the way. The main one we have coming up in live action is a Mandalorian spinoff series titled The Book of Boba Fett. This has officially wrapped filming and is on its way to Disney+ later this year. The show is allegedly angled as “The Mandalorian Season 2.5,” with characters from The Mandalorian appearing alongside Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett and Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand.
But there’s also another reason why the Jon Favreau-created show can’t begin on its third installment. Lucasfilm’s Los Angeles stages are currently occupied with another Star Wars show, Obi-Wan Kenobi. The limited series stars Ewan McGregor as the titular character, a role he has not played since 2005. Obi-Wan Kenobi takes place 10 years after Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
Plus, The Mandalorian’s timeline has been pushed back due to lead actor Pedro Pascal’s commitment to HBO’ss TV adaptation of The Last of Us video game series. That show is currently scheduled for a July shoot, with Pascal playing Joel alongside Bella Ramsey’s Ellie and Gabriel Luna’s Tommy.
With all this in mind, it makes sense that The Mandalorian won’t be able to pick up production until the year’s end. Luckily, we have two brand new Star Wars shows to look forward to. Up first, The Book of Boba Fett is currently slated for a December 2021 release, and in case you have not seen it the Animated “The Bad Batch” is a really good Star Wars animated series, and it’s right in the timeline after ORDER 66.
We also know that Hayden Christensen will return as Darth Vader on the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+, that should get everyone excited I hope. Who else could show up on this show? There are a lot of interesting potential cameos out there in the Star Wars galaxy during the period where the show takes place, between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.
Like, for example, what about an appearance from Obi-Wan’s old Jedi master, Qui-Gon Jinn? Granted, Qui-Gon did kinda, uh, died in The Phantom Menace. But that rarely prevents the Jedi Knights from appearing in Star Wars movies. Obi-Wan himself died in Star Wars: A New Hope, then showed up in The Empire Strikes Back as a Force Ghost, and let’s not forget Yoda died in Return of the Jedi then appeared in The Last Jedi to talk to his old padawan Luke Skywalker. Neeson even made a brief cameo in The Rise of Skywalker as a voice that encourages Rey in her final battle with Emperor Palpatine. So why not show up in Obi-Wan for a little heart-to-hart with his former padawan?
Fans would love it, but Liam Neeson says it’s not happening. During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote his new thriller The Ice Road, Neeson said he’d heard about the Obi-Wan series, but doubts he will be back as Qui-Gon. “I don’t think so. No, I haven’t been approached,” he added, before joking “They don’t have enough money.”
The Ice Road premieres on Netflix on June 25.
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