D23 Expo 2022 unveils exciting slate of Lucasfilm’s animated and live-action series

The D23 Expo continues to excite fans by announcing the upcoming slate of Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios and more animated adventures of the Star Wars franchise.

Lucasfilm revealed new looks at several of its next releases, along with premiere dates, never-before-seen images, and more. In a special showcase led by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, fans were treated to sneak peeks at everything from Andor to the Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures, with appearances from cast and creators, as well as a few surprises.


Following a special in-room recap video and chat about the series, Andor star Diego Luna revealed a new trailer for the highly-anticipated show, arriving 21 September on Disney+ with a three-episode premiere.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch

Clone Force 99 is back. Executive producer Dave Filoni confirmed that the second season of the animated series will arrive on 4 January 2023, with a two-episode premiere on Disney+.

Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi

Announced at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2022, Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi is a six-part animated short series coming to Disney+. Dave Filoni confirmed at D23 that the series will arrive 26 October 2022, and debuted its first trailer, featuring looks at young Ahsoka Tano, an early Qui-Gon Jinn tale, and more.

The Mandalorian

Our favorite clan of two will return! The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau, executive producer Dave Filoni, star Pedro Pascal, and more talked about the Disney+ series, premiering a teaser trailer for the long-awaited season three, premiering in 2023.

Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures

In a separate panel, Jamaal Avery Jr. and Emma Berman were announced to voice Kai Brightsar and Nash Durango in the upcoming series Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures. Kai Brightstar is a Jedi youngling who hopes to grow in the ways of the Force and follow in the footsteps of Master Yoda. Nash Durango is a pilot who befriends Kai and company, joining them on adventures across the galaxy. The animated series, set during the High Republic era, will arrive in 2023.

The studio also unveiled the trailer of a new Disney original documentary featuring Mickey Mouse.

Mickey: The Story of a Mouse will premiere globally on Disney+ on 18 November, Mickey Mouse’s birthday. The film is directed by award-winning filmmaker Jeff Malmberg and produced by Academy Award winner Morgan Neville, Meghan Walsh and Chris Shellen.

The documentary was executive produced by Caitrin Rogers, edited by Jake Hostetter, Aaron Wickenden, cinematography by Antonio Cisneros, sound design by Lawrence Everson and music by Daniel Wohl.

The film had its World Premiere at SXSW earlier this year and also screened at the Sun Valley Film Festival and Newport Summer Film Series.

Liam Neeson to return as the voice of Qui-Gon Jinn in ‘Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi’

Just when you thought the Star Wars universe couldn’t bring any more legacy characters back for another round, they’re doing it again. Lucasfilm officials were a part of Star Wars Celebration to announce Tales of the Jedi, the latest animated offering from the San Francisco-based studio. It’s in this series Neeson will return, voicing Qui-Gon Jinn, a role that first originated in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

The news was revealed during a panel dedicated entirely to the new series, featuring Star Wars magnate Dave Filoni discussing the series. According to reports, Neeson is set to voice Qui-Gon for a single episode in the anthology series, which tells stories from across generations of Jedi. Neeson’s son is also set to voice a younger version of Qui-Gon, as part of the series is set to center around Qui-Gon’s time as a padawan under Count Dooku, the Jedi would eventually sour and become a Sith.

Ahsoka Tano is also set to be a major feature of the series, which is not surprising, given her status as a fan-favourite character in the Star Wars universe. Some episodes will deal with Ahsoka’s mother and the first full fifteen-minute episode was even screened at the panel, though the rest of the world won’t get to see the final product until much later on.

The series is set to premiere sometime this fall, though no exact release date has been announced as of yet. The animated series joins a number of others in Star Wars’ growing repertoire of fan favourites, including The Clone Wars, Rebels, and The Bad Batch, which has a second season coming sometime soon. Animation has become a staple of Star Wars content since long before shows like The Mandalorian premiered and it looks like Disney is continuing to place its bets on the success of its animated stories.

Lots of other news has also come out of Star Wars Celebration, including first looks at both Ahsoka and the third season of The Mandalorian, as well as release dates and trailers for shows like Andor and other Lucasfilm projects like Willow.

Tales of the Jedi premieres on Disney+ this fall.

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