New Star Wars TV shows and movies explained, plus all known release dates

Jedi Master Indara (Carrie-Anne Moss) fights Mae (Amandla Stenberg) in new Star Wars show The Acolyte.
The Acolyte is the next new Star Wars TV show heading to Disney Plus. (Image credit: Lucasfilm Ltd)

It's over four years since pop culture's most famous galaxy far, far away last graced theaters, but this guide to new Star Wars movies and TV shows proves that the universe George Lucas built hasn't turned its back on the big screen. Indeed, from the upcoming movie adventures of The Mandalorian & Grogu to new television drama The Acolyte (due in June 2024), it's set to be a busy few years at Lucasfilm.

The current slate of new Star Wars TV shows and movies will take us on a journey through the franchise's epic timeline, with a trip back in time to the origins of the Jedi, a The Rise of Skywalker follow-up focussed on Rey rebuilding the Jedi Order, and another story set in the time period of The Mandalorian, courtesy of the "Goonies in space" Skeleton Crew. We can also look forward to a Lando Calrissian standalone story, a Rogue Squadron movie, and the TV returns of Andor and Ahsoka.

Below you can find out about the new Star Wars TV shows and movies preparing to make the jump out of hyperspace, many of them coming to Disney Plus (one of the best streaming services on planet Earth). And if you want to catch up on what's already out there, check out our guide to watching Star Wars in order

New Star Wars TV shows

Tales of the Empire

Release date: May 4, 2024

Originally billed as Tales of the Jedi season 2, the next installment in this short story-based anthology series will focus on the Empire. Inevitably, Tales of the Empire's first trailer confirmed it'll launch on Disney Plus on Star Wars Day, aka May 4.

Here's the official synopsis, courtesy of a Disney press release: "Tales of the Empire is a six-episode journey into the fearsome Galactic Empire through the eyes of two warriors on divergent paths, set during different eras. After losing everything, young Morgan Elsbeth navigates the expanding Imperial world toward a path of vengeance, while former Jedi Barriss Offee does what she must to survive a rapidly changing galaxy. The choices they make will define their destinies."

Diana Lee Inosanto will voice Morgan Elsbeth, while Meredith Salenger is on duty as Offee. Other prominent voice actors include Rya Kihlstedt (Lyn aka Fourth Sister), Wing T. Chao (Wing), Lars Mikkelsen (Thrawn), Jason Isaacs (Grand Inquisitor) and Matthew Wood (General Grievous).

The Acolyte

Release date: June 4, 2024

Every canonical Star Wars movie and TV show to date has been set in the relatively brief seven-decade period between The Phantom Menace and The Rise of Skywalker. That all changes with The Acolyte, as showrunner Leslye Headland (Russian Doll) winds the clock back more than a century to explore the Jedi Order’s glory days in the High Republic. The first trailer for The Acolyte teased a very ominous disturbance in the Force upon its late March release.

"An investigation into a shocking crime spree pits a respected Jedi Master against a dangerous warrior from his past," says the official synopsis on "As more clues emerge, they travel down a dark path where sinister forces reveal all is not what it seems…"

The cast includes Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give, Dear Evan Hansen), Lee Jung-Jae (Squid Game), Jodie Turner-Smith (Queen & Slim), Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix), Joonas Suotamo (Solo: A Star Wars Story) and Dafne Keen (His Dark Materials). The new show has been touted as a mystery thriller, and will focus on characters who would previously have been considered villains.

Skeleton Crew

Jude Law and other Skeleton Crew cast members at Star Wars Celebration 2023.

Jude Law with his young Skeleton Crew co-stars Ravi Cabot-Conyers, Robert Timothy Smith and Kyriana Kratter at Star Wars Celebration 2023. (Image credit: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for Disney)

Release date: 2024 (date TBC)

Despite being yet another show set in the increasingly crowded Mandalorian sector of the Star Wars timeline, Skeleton Crew will have a very different mission briefing to its predecessors. Jon Watts, director of the three MCU-set Spider-Man movies, reportedly pitched the show as The Goonies in space, and Disney say it’ll focus on a group of kids trying to find their way home after making a mysterious discovery. Luckily for them, they won’t be making their journey across a dangerous galaxy alone – Jude Law is coming along for the ride as their protector, who may or may not be a Jedi. 

"I can't tell you very much about my character," Law told Entertainment Weekly. "He is someone the children meet on their attempt to get home. He is like a lot of the world that they experience: contradictory, and at times a place of nurture and at other times a place of threat." 

Andor season 2

Cassian Andor looks behind him as he walks through Ferrix's main city in Andor on Disney Plus

In season 2, Cassian Andor will continue his journey towards that famous mission to steal Death Star plans in Rogue One. (Image credit: Lucasfilm/Disney Plus)

Release date: 2025 (TBC)

Arguably the most critically acclaimed of all Disney Plus’s Star Wars TV shows, Andor’s ambitious, morally complex first season showed us a darker, grittier side to a galaxy far, far away. Creator/showrunner Tony Gilroy returns to continue the story of Cassian Andor, Mon Mothma and the early days of the Rebel Alliance, with this second and final season. Andor season 2's 12 episodes will unfold over four years leading up to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Diego Luna and Genevieve O’Reilly are back as Andor and Mothma, respectively, alongside fellow returnees Stellan Skarsgård (Luthen Rael), Denise Gough (Dedra Meero), Kyle Soller (Syril Karn) and Adria Arjona (Bix Caleen). Principal photography on season 2 began in November 2022, and Gilroy told the Celebration crowd last April that he was pushing for an August 2024 debut. Hollywood's writers' and actors' strikes delayed production, however, so we're unlikely to see the resolution of Cassian's story this side of 2025 – especially as the show was conspicuous by its absence from Disney Plus's 2024 release schedule

Ahsoka season 2

Ahsoka Tano and Sabine Wren stand on top of a hand hewn from a cliff in Ahsoka season 2 concept art.

The story continues.... Dave Filoni's concept art for Ahsoka season 2. (Image credit: Disney/Lucasfilm)

Release date: TBC

The return of Anakin Skywalker's former apprentice was confirmed by in January 2024. That's not a major surprise, seeing as the Ahsoka season 1 finale left plenty of storylines up in the air, with – SPOILERS AHEAD! – Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) and Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo) trapped in another galaxy, and Imperial mastermind Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen) back on home turf to make trouble for the New Republic.

Unsurprisingly, we know little about where the series goes next, though showrunner (and Lucasfilm's newly anointed chief creative officer) Dave Filoni has drawn the season 2 concept art featured above. It shows Tano and Wren looking out from a very The Lord of the Rings-esque statue on the remote world of Peridea.

New Star Wars movies

The Mandalorian & Grogu

A piece of concept art showing The Mandalorian & Grogu diving away from an exploding ship in their Star Wars movie

The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda will be reunited on the big screen. (Image credit: Lucasfilm)

Release date: 2026 (TBC)

Baby Yoda is coming to movie theaters! A new Star Wars movie The Mandalorian & Grogu, which was confirmed in a surprise January 2024 announcement, seems set to be The Mandalorian season 4 in all but name, picking up the story of Din Djarin and his apprentice, the little green guy formerly known as Baby Yoda. 

The Mandalorian creator, lead writer and showrunner Jon Favreau will direct the new movie, which is set to go into production in 2024. According to a post on X (the platform formerly known as Twitter) from The Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit, Disney Boss Bob Iger has confirmed that The Mandalorian & Grogu will be the first new Star Wars movie out of the blocks, likely to land in 2026:

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But fear not, the duo's transfer to the big screen doesn't mean they're turning their backs on Disney Plus – Deadline reports that a fourth season of The Mandalorian TV show is still in development.

The Mandalorian/Ahsoka spin-off movie

Din Djarin stands in a desert location looking at something off screen alongside his fellow Mandalorians in season 3

It looks like Din Djarin and his fellow Mandalorians have a major crossover event in their future. (Image credit: Lucasfilm/Disney)

Release date: TBC

The overlapping stories of The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, Ahsoka and (presumably) Skeleton Crew are all set to come together in this “cinematic event”, as the “escalating war between the Imperial Remnant and the fledgling New Republic” reaches a climax. Dave Filoni, Ahsoka showrunner and long-time protector of Star Wars lore, is lined up to direct. 

“I hesitate to say it’s a big meet-up from just [The Mandalorian, Ahsoka, The Book of Boba Fett and Skeleton Crew], because Dave has been developing Star Wars storytelling inside Clone Wars and Rebels and so much of the work he has done for 20 years,” Kathleen Kennedy told Entertainment Weekly. “So it will be little bits of all that. There are a lot of sources he’s drawing from to see where we’re going.”

It appears, however, that Filoni is playing his sabacc cards close to his chest when it comes to confirming which characters are following him to the big screen – so close, in fact, that not even his stars know if they'll be called into action. "When I heard they were doing the movie at Celebration in London, I was like, 'Maybe one day I'll find out whether I'm a part of that!'” Ahsoka star Natasha Liu Bordizzo told SFX magazine last summer (via GamesRadar). "This is one of those times when I can so happily tell you I have no idea what's going on with that. I'm happy not to, because that way I don't have to lie to you!"

The Jedi origins movie

James Mangold photographed at Star Wars Celebration Europe in 2023

James Mangold at Star Wars Celebration, where he revealed he's directing a new movie set an even longer time ago in the Star Wars galaxy. (Image credit: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for Disney)

Release date: TBC

The Acolyte may be going back to a time a few centuries before the events of The Phantom Menace but that’s nothing compared to this Jedi origin story. In fact, at risk of coming over a bit Star Trek, this pre-prequel is boldly going where no Star Wars movie has gone before. James Mangold (who was once attached to a direct a Boba Fett movie, and clearly impressed Lucasfilm with his work on Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny) is the filmmaker lined up to take the franchise millennia into the history of that galaxy far, far away – to what describes as the "Dawn of the Jedi" era.

The official summary says the film “will take audiences deep into the past, telling the tale of the first Jedi to wield the Force and harness it as a liberating power in an era of chaos and oppression.” 

"I want to be part of the saga, but I also don't want to be holding so much lore in the air that you can hardly tell a story," Mangold explained in an interview with iO9. "What I told [Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy] was, can we make a kind of Ten Commandments of the Force, a kind of origin story of how this Force came to be known, understood, wielded and harnessed."

Rey’s New Jedi Order movie

Rey crouches in front of a cliff on Ahch-To in The Last Jedi.

Rey's post-The Rise of Skywalker story will be the focus of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy's new Star Wars movie. (Image credit: Disney)

Release date: TBC

This movie – the first release to expand the Star Wars chronology beyond The Rise of Skywalker – picks up Rey's story roughly 15 years later, in the newly named "New Jedi Order" era. Sequel trilogy star Daisy Ridley will return as Rey, as she rebuilds the Jedi Order and faces up to “the powers that rise to tear it down”. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Saving Face, Ms Marvel) is signed up to direct.

"We're coming off what was a major war with the First Order," Kathleen Kennedy said in an interview with GamesRadar. "And now, Rey has made a promise to Luke, and that's really the core of where we're going and what this story will be. And I think it offers just a tremendous opportunity to introduce new characters and start with something fresh, because we culminated with what George [Lucas] was creating, and now we take all of that and move it to the next chapter."

In January 2024, Ridley told AlloCiné (via Deadline): "I think it’s a really fantastic exploration of the Star Wars world. It's a really cool way of taking the story on in a bit of a different direction."


A Solo: A Star Wars Story poster featuring Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian.

Solo: A Star Wars Story star Donald Glover is set to co-write, as well as play the lead in, the new Lando movie. (Image credit: Lucasfilm)

Release date: TBC

The one and only Lando Calrissian had been set to front his own event TV series. Dear White People creator and Haunted Mansion director Justin Simien was attached to write the show, and star Donald Glover was was reportedly keen to return to a role he first played in 2018's Solo: A Star Wars Story. Then things went rather quiet, until Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy told IGN at Star Wars Celebration 2023 that “[Lando's] still happening”. 

It's since gained significant momentum. News broke in July that Simien had left the project (as confirmed by Entertainment Weekly), and that Atlanta creator/star Glover would now be writing a TV show with his brother (and frequent collaborator) Stephen. 

Calrissian's unexpected shift to the big screen was confirmed by Stephen Glover during his September appearance on the Pablo Torre Finds Out podcast. "It's not even a show..." he said. "The idea right now is to do a movie. Right now, because of the [Hollywood writers/actors] strike, it's kind of like telephone, all of the information." According to Variety, Lando's transfer to theaters was subsequently confirmed by Lucasfilm.

Other Star Wars movies in the works

The cover art for the Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D video game, which shows X-Wings and Y-Wings flying through a canyon on a desert planet

Patty Jenkins' Rogue Squadron movie is still in development. (Image credit: LucasArts)

Yoda once said that, “Always in motion is the future”, and the diminutive Jedi Master easily have been talking about the Star Wars movie slate since the release of The Rise of Skywalker. Several projects have come and gone since the franchise made its last visit to theaters in 2019, and although some have subsequently been abandoned, two of the highest profile new Star Wars movies remain in the pipeline.

Rogue Squadron, the pilot-focussed movie that was pulled from its original December 2023 slot (per Variety), is seemingly still a going concern. Kennedy told IGN at Star Wars Celebration in April 2023 that this Top Gun-in-space blockbuster "definitely is something that we still talk about. Whether it's a movie, or whether it ends up being in the [TV] series space, that's definitely something." Meanwhile, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins (who was thought to have departed the project) revealed in March 2024 that she's working on a new draft of the Rogue Squadron movie.

Thor: Ragnarok and Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi (who’s both directed and starred in episodes of The Mandalorian) continues to orbit a Star Wars movie of his own. “Taika is still working away,” said Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy in April 2023. “He’s writing the script himself. He doesn’t really want to bring others into that process and I don’t blame him. He has a very, very unique voice. So we want to protect that.”

It may be a while before we see the film – "I've got about four other scripts that I'm trying to finish," Waititi told ET – but the writer/director has said (via the Hollywood Reporter) that "I've got a really great idea for it."

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Richard Edwards

Richard is a freelance journalist specialising in movies and TV, primarily of the sci-fi and fantasy variety. An early encounter with a certain galaxy far, far away started a lifelong love affair with outer space, and these days Richard's happiest geeking out about Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel and other long-running pop culture franchises. In a previous life he was editor of legendary sci-fi and fantasy magazine SFX, where he got to interview many of the biggest names in the business – though he'll always have a soft spot for Jeff Goldblum who (somewhat bizarrely) thought Richard's name was Winter.

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