The Star Wars franchise, despite having its share of detractors, remains incredibly expansive and popular, comparable to the Star Trek series. The upcoming projects scheduled for release in 2024, despite some disappointment with Disney’s sequel trilogy and The Mandalorian’s third season, indicate continued enthusiasm among fans. Unlike the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Star Wars has managed to avoid feeling overstuffed, with its projects, even smaller ones like a mid-season episode of Ahsoka, generating excitement. The franchise’s success on the small screen is evident, making it a prominent platform for Star Wars in 2024. However, fans can still expect significant and impactful developments even on the small screen.
The Bad Batch Season 3
Starting in 2021, The Bad Batch has successfully established its presence in the Star Wars universe. The series follows a group of elite clone troopers who defy Palpatine’s Order #66, resisting his tyranny and undertaking perilous missions that challenge the Empire. Serving as both a sequel and a spin-off to Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the animated series has demonstrated the enduring appeal of animated storytelling in the Star Wars saga. Notably, Season 3 will mark the conclusion of The Bad Batch, signaling the end of its animated journey.
The first season of The Bad Batch premiered in May 2021, followed by the second season in January 2023. While the exact release date for the third season remains unannounced, it is reasonable to anticipate its arrival within the first half of the upcoming year. However, given the limited information available about the current Star Wars release schedule, it is only safe to assume that The Bad Batch will be released at some point in the forthcoming calendar year.
Tales of the Jedi Season 2
With the official continuation of Tales of the Jedi, Disney+ appears to have another successful animated series in its lineup. Set in the prequel trilogy era, Tales of the Jedi explores the stories of fan-favorite characters who have been underserved or unseen in live-action films. Notably, the series delves into the complex character of Count Dooku, offering insights into his narrative during the events of Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
Critically appreciated as one of the standout projects of the Disney era, Tales of the Jedi has garnered acclaim for its exploration of characters and narrative depth. The positive reception has led to the swift development of a second season, demonstrating the high level of attention and care invested in the series. While fans may eagerly anticipate the next season, the wait will be worthwhile if the final product delivers a compelling narrative, memorable visuals, and fresh perspectives on the Star Wars universe. If any project in 2024 can achieve these elements, it’s likely to be Tales of the Jedi.
Star Wars: The Acolyte
The Acolyte will be one of the most captivating Star Wars projects scheduled for release in 2024. Set a century before the events of Episode I – The Phantom Menace, The Acolyte promises to explore an era that has never been depicted in live-action within the franchise. The series stands out by adopting a procedural format, offering a unique structural approach compared to other installments in the franchise.
Adding to the intrigue, The Acolyte features a Wookiee Jedi, a distinctive and exciting element for fans. The cast includes newcomers to the Star Wars universe, such as Dafne Keen from Logan, Carrie-Anne Moss from The Matrix, Jodie Turner-Smith from Queen & Slim, Manny Jacinto from The Good Place, and Amandla Stenberg from Bodies Bodies Bodies, taking on lead roles in the series. The Acolyte, comprising eight episodes will likely be out during the summer of 2024. Furthermore, fans saw the glimpses of the series at the Star Wars Celebration in London in April 2023.
Star Wars: Skeleton Crew
Skeleton Crew follows the journey of four children on an intergalactic adventure home, encountering a mysterious force-sensitive stranger portrayed by Jude Law. Although the series remains somewhat shrouded in mystery, it appears to have a younger target audience compared to other Disney+ series. Inspired by The Goonies, as mentioned by executive producer Kathleen Kennedy, the show aims for a tone that appeals broadly, potentially attracting new fans.
Co-created by Jon Watts, known for Spider-Man: No Way Home, the series does not yet have an official date. Filming concluded in January 2023, indicating that post-production, including special effects, is either finished or nearing completion. Additionally, the series boasts a notable lineup of directors, including the return of Bryce Dallas Howard to the Star Wars after directing episodes of The Mandalorian. Joining Jude Law in the cast is Kerry Condon, known for her work in The Banshees of Inisherin.
Rey’s New Jedi Order Movie Will Begin Filming
The upcoming project tentatively titled “Star Wars: New Jedi Order” is set to begin filming in 2024, featuring Daisy Ridley reprising her role as Rey. This follow-up offers an opportunity for Rey’s character to further develop independently, free from the constraints of an expansive trilogy with numerous characters sharing the spotlight. It aims to address the disappointment some fans experienced with the prequel trilogy.
While the release date is scheduled for 2027, with May or December as potential months, specific details about the plot are scarce. However, it is anticipated that Rey will play a central role in establishing a New Jedi Order. The story unfolds 15 years after the events depicted in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, positioning “New Jedi Order” as a direct continuation of the sequel trilogy.