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.

First trailer of ‘Andor’ coming to Disney+ reveals a new side of ‘Star Wars’ galaxy

Disney+ recently revealed the trailer and key art from its upcoming series Andor that was featured at the Star Wars celebration. The new, original series from Lucasfilm takes place prior to the events of ‘Rogue One’. It launches exclusively on Disney+ 31 August with the first two episodes. 

The Andor series will explore a new perspective from the Star Wars galaxy, focusing on Cassian Andor’s journey to discover the difference he can make. The series brings forward the tale of the burgeoning rebellion against the Empire and how people and planets became involved. It’s an era filled with danger, deception and intrigue where Cassian will embark on the path that is destined to turn him into a rebel hero.

Diego Luna returns as Cassian Andor and is joined by cast members Genevieve O’Reilly, Stellan Skarsgård, Adria Arjona, Denise Gough and Kyle Soller. The executive producers are Kathleen Kennedy, Sanne Wohlenberg, Diego Luna and Michelle Rejwan. Tony Gilroy is the creator and showrunner.

Disney+ also unveiled the teaser trailer for Lucasfilm and Imagine Entertainment’s Willow, an all-new live-action fantasy adventure series based on the classic 1988 feature film, at the Lucasfilm studio showcase panel at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim. Willow will be released exclusively on Disney+ 30 November 2022.

It is an epic period fantasy series with a modern sensibility set in an enchanted land of breathtaking beauty. Willow features a diverse international cast with Jonathan Kasdan, Ron Howard, Wendy Mericle, Kathleen Kennedy, and Michelle Rejwan serving as executive producers.

The story began with an aspiring magician from a Nelwyn village and an infant girl destined to unite the realms, who together helped destroy an evil queen and banish the forces of darkness. Now, in a magical world where brownies, sorcerers, trolls, and other mystical creatures flourish, the adventure continues, as an unlikely group of heroes set off on a dangerous quest to places far beyond their home, where they must face their inner demons and come together to save their world.

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