Fans of “Star Wars” have plenty of reason to be excited, because it’s possible that two brand new “Star Wars” series are on the way!
As a quick disclaimer: Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and its parent company, Disney, have not commented on either of these two leaks at this time, so nothing is confirmed. However, one of the leaks came from a quickly-deleted tweet by “Book of Boba Fett” star Ming-Na Wen, who might have an inside scoop on the Disney magic.
So, let’s get to it!
Ming-Na Wen Teases Something BIG In Store For Bo-Katan Kryze!
When “The Mandalorian” first hit Disney+ on November 12, 2019, no one had expected its smash success. The adventures of Din Djarin and Grogu (more affectionately known as Baby Yoda) were enough to unite fans who felt let down by the lackluster conclusion to the “Skywalker Saga.”
The series has proven so successful, that it has already created several spin-off series. “The Book of Boba Fett” is just one of those series. The bounty hunter Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) and mercenary Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) have teamed up to take over the territory once controlled by Jabba the Hutt on Tatooine.
Rosario Dawson, who brought the animated character of Ahsoka Tano to life on the big screen, is also getting a spin-off show aptly titled, “Ahsoka,” which has a tentative release date for some time in 2023.
Although Gira Carano and her character of Cara Dune were also supposed to star in the spin-off series “Rangers of the New Republic,” that spin-off was canceled after Carano was fired from Lucasfilm for posting a series of tweets that were deemed inappropriate.
With “Rangers of the New Republic” axed from the production schedule, it looks like Lucasfilm might be working on a new spin-off series for Katee Sackhoff, who brought Bo-Katan to life in “The Mandalorian.”
Yesterday, Ming-Na Wen tweeted out a congratulatory message to Sackoff, tweeting, “Woohoo!!! Thrilled for you Katee Sackhoff!!! Congrats, girl! #BoKatan #starwars @disneyplus.”
She retweeted the news from “That Hashtag Show,” which claims to have the inside scoop on the fledgling series. According to their sources, Sackoff was supposed to star alongside Carano in “Rangers of the New Republic.” Since that show got canceled, it appears that Bo-Katan might be getting her own series. They expect the show to debut either in late 2023 or early 2024.
Many fans feel that, now that the cat is out of the bag, Lucasfilm is going to make an announcement pretty soon confirming the series. There have been plenty of rumors about new “Star Wars” series that have popped up online over the years, but Ming-Na Wen’s tweet seems to indicate that there might be something to this after all!
However, fans aren’t quite sure how to feel about the next “Star Wars” leak.
Is A ‘Knights Of Ren’ Series Coming To Disney+?
The Knights of Ren were controversial figures in the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy. Although they first appeared in a flashback sequence standing alongside Kylo Ren in “The Force Awakens,” director Rian Johnson completely dropped them from “The Last Jedi” in favor of his own Praetorian Guards. J.J. Abrams brought them back in “The Rise of Skywalker,” only to have Ren turn on his Knights and defeat them towards the end of the film. For many fans, it was a disappointing end to what could have been an exciting new band of characters.
It seems extremely unlikely that the “Knights of Ren” will be featured in any new stories, but it is possible that Lucasfilm is working on a prequel series to explain how the Knights of Ren came to be.
A new, leaked trailer has surfaced on YouTube from an account called “SamuelChristopher.”
The trailer shows a member of the Knights of Ren riding along on a TIE Fighter before he jumps on the top of the X-Wing and sticks his lightsaber through the cockpit. The scene then cuts to the burning wreckage of the X-Wing on the ground. The Knight climbs on top of the X-Wing and ignites both of his red lightsabers. The scene then cuts to the logo for “Knights of Ren: A Star Wars Story” and the Disney+ logo.
The shaky footage was filmed on a video playing on a monitor, possibly in an attempt to disguise any elements that would reveal it to be a fake. However, the animation and effects do look like something that one would expect from a “Star Wars” trailer.
At this point, it’s hard to say if the Knights of Ren are really going to get their own series, or if this was a floated idea that was later discarded, and the trailer is all that will ever be of the project.
Fans aren’t quite sure, but they have their fingers crossed that there might be more news concerning these new series on Star Wars Day… May the 4th Be With You!