The Future of ‘Star Wars’ is Bright

It’s safe to say a lot of Star Wars news came out this weekend. Our very own Sean Hussey was at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago covering all the panels.

All of this news shows that the last two months of 2019 will be an eventful one for fans.

The trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was released, and it will be the final chapter of the sequel trilogy. The ending of the trailer caught many people by surprise because it included the distinguishable evil laugh of Darth Sidious (Ian McDiarmid). No one knows why or how Sidious will return but it has made fans excited over the possibilities.

Even though Episode IX will be the end of the Skywalker saga, for now, it won’t be the end of Star Wars altogether.

On November 12, Disney+ will launch with the much-anticipated series The Mandalorian. This is the first live-action Star Wars show ever, and Iron Man director Jon Favreau in charge. This show’s cast includes Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Werner Herzog, Nick Nolte and Giancarlo Esposito.

While the footage wasn’t available to the public, the people in attendance have nothing but good things to say regarding what they saw. It’s set five years after Return of the Jedi and it’s being described as an old western set in this universe. The show will also have this franchise go back to its visual effects roots with the use of miniature models. All of this sounds like the refresher many Star Wars fans have been looking for and could end up being something special.

The Disney streaming service will also be the exclusive place to watch the beloved Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The whole show will be available at launch, while its long-awaited seventh season will premiere sometime in late 2019. For those who haven’t watched, it’s an expansive show that revolves around the epic Clone Wars, a very important time in Star Wars history. This show expands the lore of this universe and it’s a recommended watch for fans who want to go deeper into Star Wars.

Electronic Arts (EA) has had a notorious reputation with the Star Wars license, to say the least. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be the first single-player focused game EA has developed since obtaining the exclusive license. Respawn Entertainment (Titanfall and Apex Legends) will be in charge of this undertaking and that alone should excite fans. The upcoming game promises to be a single-player experience from top to bottom with no multiplayer or microtransactions.

The story revolves around Cal Kestis a Jedi on the run years after Order 66 commenced. No gameplay was revealed but it will most likely be shown at E3 in June. It feels like a single-player focused Star Wars game hasn’t been released in ages, so this will most likely be a must-buy come November 15.

The future of Star Wars looks bright. The end of 2019 will be great, but 2020 and beyond looks to be even more promising. A show revolving around Cassian Andor from Rogue One will release sometime in 2020. Two new trilogies are being worked on by Rian Johnson (The Last Jedi writer/director) and David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (Game of Thrones showrunners) that will have nothing to do with the Skywalkers. Who knows what else is in the works.

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